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  • Luis Palau

    · All Things Considered

    Roy Jenkins' guest this week is a preacher who's been described as 'one of the world's most effective and compelling spiritual communicators.'Thirty million people are reckoned to have attended his meetings in 75 countries. He's published nearly 50 books. His radio programmes are heard around the world.And this week, the Argentinian-born evangelist Luis Palau is in Wales. He's here to share some of his insights with church leaders, and, at 83, to support Higher, described as 'the largest youth mission to the UK for a generation' with high energy concerts and a range of community events aimed at young people who are seen as 'the hardest to reach'. Recorded ahead of his visit to Cardiff, he shares his views on the challenges facing young people today; his impressive ministry, and how he feels the churches can revitalise their approach to sharing their faith.

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  • Military Chaplains

    · All Things Considered

    On Remembrance Sunday, Roy looks at the role of Military Chaplains.From the royal spectacle in Whitehall, with its marching bands and huge crowds, to simple events in towns and villages across the land, people gather today to honour those who have fallen.Almost always, the ceremonies are led by Christian ministers, with leaders of other faith communities where appropriate - although many of those remembering might not see themselves as religious.The proportion of servicemen and women with an active faith is unlikely to be any higher, but everyone is meant to have access to a chaplain, and they're still seen as having an important function. What is it? How have reactions changed to the person with the dog collar? And what's it like to be padre in the middle of a conflict?Joining Roy to talk about Military Chaplaincy are four people who've been there:The Rev Jonathan Woodhouse, Cardiff-born Baptist minister and former Chaplain General of the British Army; The Rev Marcus Wyn Robinson, Presbyterian minister in Caernafon and former Royal Navy Chaplain;Anglican Priest The Rev Mandy Reynolds was at one time the only woman chaplain in the British Army;and Imam Asim Hafiz, who was the first Muslim civilian chaplain in the British forces, and is now an adviser to the Ministry of Defence on cultural and religious issues around Islam.

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  • Marilynne Robinson

    · All Things Considered

    Roy Jenkins guest is one of America's most distinguished authors.Marilynne Robinson was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Gilead, the first of a trilogy of books based around the family of an elderly Congregationalist minister in a fictional town in Iowa. Numerous honours have followed, among them the National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama for her 'grace and intelligence in writing.' That was more than a formality on his part: her writings, he said, 'have fundamentally changed me...I think for the better' And before he left office, the president chose to interview her for the New York Review of Books.Her non-fiction work includes regular collections of essays in which she explores issues of science and religion, politics and culture - all in the light of her personal commitment to a distinctively Calvinist understanding of Christian faith. The British commentator Brian Appleyard is one of her many admirers: 'I'm not saying you're actually dead if you haven't read Marilynne Robinson,' he wrote, 'but I honestly couldn't say you're fully alive.".

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  • The Reformation

    · All Things Considered

    On the 31st October 1517 - five hundred years ago this week - the friar Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in Germany. Europe would never be the same again.The fallout from his argument with aspects of Catholic teaching and practice created, according to one of our guests today, 'one of the most highly-charged and transformative periods in history.'The Protestant Reformation shaped modern Europe and its political, social and cultural life, as well as radically changing its religious landscape. Today we seek to explore the essence of the Reformation and assess some of its multiple consequences. We look for its impact on Wales, assess the astonishing man at its heart, and ask what he'd have made of today's church, with its apparently unending variety. Joining Roy Jenkins arethe journalist and broadcaster Peter Stanford, who's marking the anniversary with his book "Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident"; Diarmaid MacCulloch, much celebrated writer and broadcaster, and Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University. He's the author of "All Things Made New - Writings on the Reformation"; and Dr David Ceri Jones Head of the Department of History and Welsh History at Aberystwyth University.

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