All Things Considered

All Things Considered


Religious affairs programme, tackling the thornier issues of the day in a thought-provoking manner


Religion and Humour  

Roy Jenkins and guests explore the relationship between religion and humour ahead of Red Nose Day 2017.


It's 50 years since the Act which legalised Abortion. More than eight million pregnancies have ended this way in that time, and arguments surrounding the issue have never gone away: there's a ten-minute bill before parliament this week. As demonstrators picket clinics offering abortion, Roy Jenkins explores the current situation. Is change needed? And with religious figures vocal on both sides, to what extent are insights of faith being sought or listened to? With Roy are: Josephine Quintavalle, co founder of think tank Comment on Reproductive Ethics Canon Steven Saxby, Anglican priest and supporter of Christians for Choice Dr Sandy Kirkman, former principal lecturer in midwifery at the University of Glamorgan.

Famine and South Sudan  

The haunting pictures have returned. Every few years, it seems, we're confronted with amaciated men and women, and skeletal children. Now the United Nations has declared famine in South Sudan, and at least three other African nations face the same threat. Roy Jenkins asks what constitutes famine. Can it be prevented? And in a country which is overwhelmingly Christian, what are the churches doing?

Nicky Gumbel  

Roy Jenkins visits the offices of Holy Trinity, Brompton, now one of the most famous churches in the world. It gave birth 40 years ago to the Alpha course, a way of exploring the Christian faith reckoned to have been followed by more than 29 million people in 169 countries and 112 different languages. More than 300 churches in Wales are running it at the moment. The man who's been responsible for Alpha for the last 27 years is the Rev Nicky Gumbel. He's been described as one of the most influential Christians in the country. What's that like? What's he like? Roy meets him to find out.


Roy Jenkins explores the impact of gambling on individuals, families and society, asking what can be done by support groups, churches and government.

St Winefride's Well  

Mary Stallard visits a unique location in North Wales, the site of an ancient and horrific legend. St Winefride was brutally murdered and then miraculously restored to life. Today, visitors from around the world still come to her holy well to honour her memory and find solace and healing. What are they looking for, and what do they find? How far can the experiences of a legendary saint impact lives today? Mary talks to the well's assistant custodian Lolita L'Aguille, Bishop of Wrexham Peter Brignall, and parish priest Canon Francis Doyle.

Dr Una Kroll, Part 2  

The second of two programmes focusing on the late Una Kroll - nun, doctor, author, campaigner for justice, and one of the first women priests ordained in the Church in Wales.

Dr Una Kroll  

First of two programmes focusing on the late Dr Una Kroll - nun, doctor, author, campaigner for justice, and one of the first women priests ordained in the Church in Wales.

Faith in Russia  

This week Roy Jenkins explores the role of religious faith in Russia (and particularly the dominant Orthodox Church). He looks at the extent to which it influences policy decisions in the Kremlin which have implications around the world, at a time when Russia appears to be asserting itself with increasing confidence; and how much the church it is itself shaped by the state. Is religion now flourishing in a country where secular atheism was until relatively recently the official creed, or is it struggling?

Dr Gemma Simmonds  

Theologian Dr. Gemma Simmonds talks to Roy Jenkins about her work with street children in Brazil, as a chaplain in Holloway Prison and the place of women in the Catholic Church.


The country is said to be more disunited today than at any time in recent memory. As well as huge political uncertainty there's division in areas from the gap between the comfortable and the struggling to relationships between the generations. There have been many calls for reconciliation. But what would that look like? Would it mean giving up what you believe? And how could it be achievable? With Roy Jenkins are: The Rev Aled Edwards - Chief Executive of Cytun (Churches Together in Wales); Lucy Williams - a hospital social worker in Torfaen and a member of the international Focolare movement, inspired by the Christian gospel, which aims to build a united world; Dr Matteo Bonotti - lecturer in political theory at Cardiff University; and the Rev Dr Peter Francis, warden of Gladstone's Library at Hawarden: a place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning.

Archbishop Barry Morgan  

Roy Jenkins presents an in-depth interview with Dr Barry Morgan, longest-serving archbishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion, ahead of his retirement as Archbishop of Wales.

Review of the Year: People  

Roy Jenkins looks back on some of the guests who appeared on All Things Considered in 2016.

Review of the Year: Events  

Roy Jenkins looks back at some of the events of 2016, including the EU referendum, the US presidential election and the fiftieth anniversary of the Aberfan disaster.

Annual Book Review  

The annual book review features All Things Made New by Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain and Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life by Henri Nouwen.

Annual Film Review  

Roy Jenkins and guests review some of the films released on DVD in 2016, including Spotlight, The Man Who Knew Infinity and Eye in the Sky.

Religious Persecution  

Roy Jenkins and guests explore the rise of religious persecution around the world, asking why it is increasing and what the outcome will be.

Just being Mark - in life and death  

Prison chaplain Mark John talks to Roy Jenkins about his recent diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, reflecting on its impact on him, his family and his faith.

The President, the electorate and religion.  

On Wednesday, we should know who will become the most powerful person in the world. The US Presidential election has been called 'the biggest unpopularity contest in America's recent history', with torrents of allegations about both candidates, and revelations ranging from the breathtaking to the simply squalid. Yet it could make history by choosing the first woman president. Or a maverick outsider. Roy Jenkins asks how significant religious groups have been in this campaign. Is their involvement likely to swing the result - and even if it does will it leave them damaged? And how much do we know of what Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump actually believe?

Scary Clowns  

Halloween has grown hugely as a festival in recent years, Costumes and effects have become ever more gory and vivid, but the recent phenomenon of scary clowns has gone a step further this year. Roy Jenkins asks what the attraction is of frightening each other at this time of year, whether this is just a safe way of confronting the horrors of the world, and how this links with the Christian festivals of All Souls and All Saints. With Roy this week are Christian clown Neil Jenkins, aka Jester Jim; Emma Lile, former curator at St Fagans National History Museum of Wales and editor of newly republished volume 'The Customs and Traditions of Wales'; founder of toyshop chain The Entertainer, Gary Grant; and Canon Edwin Counsell, director of education for the Church in Wales in Llandaff diocese.

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