All Things Considered

All Things Considered


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


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.

Death and Dying  

Roy Jenkins and guests explore some of the issues surrounding death and dying. It's reckoned that up to two thirds of babies being born today could live until they are 100, thanks to advances in technology. The revolution raises many questions about quality of life and human dignity. With increasing power to prolong lives, when should support be withdrawn and can it ever be right to help someone take their own life?


Award-winning religious affairs programme.

Faith in the News  

Sarah Rowland Jones asks how important understanding religion is for those reporting the news, ahead of a workshop on religious literacy for journalists in Cardiff.

Gladstone's Library  

Mary Stallard visits the Gladstone Library in Flintshire to speak to warden Peter Francis and find out what role this Victorian religious institution has in contemporary life.

Nadia Bolz-Weber  

Roy Jenkins meets unconventional US pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, who talks about her sometimes controversial life and faith.

Dr Elaine Storkey  

Roy Jenkins meets theologian, writer, broadcaster and feminist campaigner Dr Elaine Storkey, who lead aid and development agency Tearfund for 16 years.

Faith and Disability  

The Paralympics challenge perceptions of people with disabilities. But have attitudes really changed and can religious faith shape our understanding of disability?

Chris Cartwright  

Chris Cartwright of the Elim Pentecostal Church shares his story.

Ffald-y-Brenin: House of Prayer  

Roy Jenkins visits Ffald-y-Brenin in Pembrokeshire, which some regard as one of the most significant centres of Christian renewal in modern Wales.

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