Lent Talks

Six people well known in their fields reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

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20050226Temptation. Firestarter: The second of Jean Alexander reads Richard Cameron's short story. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm] Then News.
20050305Temptation. A series of monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of temptation. 3/6. Arise Jones: Michael Maloney reads Jim Burke's short story on the temptation to be too religious. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm]

Temptation. A series of monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of temptation. 3/6. Arise Jones: Jim Burke's short story on the temptation to be too religious. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm] Then News.

20050312Temptation. A series of monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of Temptation. 4/6. Miriam Margolyes is Miss Munday in Charlotte Cory's short story on the desire for revenge. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm]

Temptation. A series for Lent inspired by ideas of Temptation. 4/6. Miriam Margolyes is Miss Munday in Charlotte Cory's short story on the desire for revenge. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm] Then News.

20050319The Miracle Worker: Monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of Temptation. 5/6. Siobhan Redmond reads Jeanette Winterson's story about a life ruled by things to do. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm] Then News.

The Miracle Worker: A series of monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of Temptation. 5/6. Siobhan Redmond reads Jeanette Winterson's story about a life ruled by things to do. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm]

20050326Expectations: A series of monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of Temptation. 6/6. Patrick Malahide reads Ruth Scott's story about a man tempted to make his fantasies reality. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm]

6/6. Expectations: Monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of temptation. Patrick Malahide reads Ruth Scott's story about a man tempted to make his fantasies reality. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm] Then News.

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2007030720070310Six people well known in their fields reflect on the story of Jesus's ministry from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

2/6. Advertising guru Chas Bayfield.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus's ministry from the perspective of their personal and professional experience.

2/6. Advertising guru Chas Bayfield takes the story of Jesus overturning the tables in the temple, to ask questions about the relationship between God and commerce, and the true nature of religion.

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2007032120070324Reflections on the story of Jesus's ministry from the perspective of personal and professional experience.

4/6. Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti finds uncomfortable similarities between the trial of Jesus and the treatment of suspects in western democracies.

2007032120070325Reflections on the story of Jesus's ministry from the perspective of personal and professional experience.

4/6. Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti finds uncomfortable similarities between the trial of Jesus and the treatment of suspects in western democracies.

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20140319The novelist Catherine Fox looks at this year's theme of The Power and the Passion by reflecting on the power of Christ's submission. How can you rally to the cause of a man who won't fight, forbids you to defend him and lets himself be killed? After all, we've learned to dislike 'victim mentality', haven't we?

Producer: Peter Everett.

The novelist Catherine Fox looks at this year's theme of The Power and the Passion by reflecting on the power of Christ's submission. How can you rally to the cause of a man who won't fight, forbids you to defend him and lets himself be kilLiam Williams - Ladhood

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ActorLiam Williams
ActorAl Roberts
ActorEmma Sidi
ActorFreya Parker
ActorKieran Hodgson
ActorPaul G Raymond
WriterLiam Williams
ProducerJoe Nunnery

06/04/201120110410A personal reflection on elements of conflict found in the story of Jesus' ministry.

13/04/201120110417This year's Lent Talks sees six well known figures reflect on different elements of conflict found in the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

In the fifth Lent Talk of the series, Guardian columnist, Madeleine Bunting, explores the unmet public appetite for justice in the wake of the financial crisis.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love. The main theme for this year's talks will explore conflict in different forms and how it interacts with various aspects of society and culture.

Guardian columnist Madeleine Bunting explores the unmet appetite for justice.

29/02/201220120304The Rt Rev Nick Baines, Bishop of Bradford, asks if we are 'one alone or one of many'.

The Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Nick Baines begins a new series of Lent Talks where six well known figures from journalism, science, religion and public life reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus' ministry and Passion continues to interact with contemporary society and culture.

In the wake of political and social reactions to the financial crisis, austerity measures and the riots of 2011, debate continues to determine the role of the individual and society. The 2012 Lent Talks consider the relationship between the individual and the collective. Is each person one alone or one of many? Is it the human condition to be self-contained or to belong to the family, the tribe, the congregation, the nation? We live in groups but our most intense experiences are incommunicable. Jesus shared a communal last supper but he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father.

Speakers of this year's talks include the journalist and author Martin Wroe, who will explore humanity being at its most divine when working in community; John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, explains how his encounter with God is enhanced through science; Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, explores the agony of the individual in society.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.

A Godless Society?20090405Frank Field reflects on a society that chooses to root its moral behaviour apart from God.

Six well-known figures explore ideas of the absence of God from their own perspective.

Frank Field MP reflects on a society that chooses to root its moral behaviour apart from God.

A Letter To Lydia2021022420210228 (R4)A personal, hopeful reflection inspired by an aspect of the story leading up to Easter.

In a letter written to his daughter Lydia, who was born during the pandemic, Manchester-based intensive care doctor Mark Tan describes the last 12 months working on the front line alongside colleagues, patients and their loved ones who have had to endure and sacrifice so much.

Producer: Dan Tierney.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Andreas Whittam Smith20100307Financial journalist Andreas Whittam Smith explores the temptations of the financial world

Series of six talks by eminent thinkers exploring how faith and religion interact with a variety of aspects in society.

Andrew Adonis20140402The Power and the Passion: Andrew Adonis reflects on people power.

Anouchka Grose - Destiny And The Psyche2017030820170312 (R4)Writer and psychoanalyst Anouchka Grose explores the force of destiny in our lives.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

The writer and psychoanalyst Anouchka Grose explores the force of destiny in our lives and as Jesus contemplates his future in his 40 days in the wilderness.

Producer: Phil Pegum.

Anthony Reddie - Identity And Race2020031820200322 (R4)Lent Talks is a personal perspective on an aspect of the story leading up to Easter. This year's theme is identity – losing and gaining identity; struggling with identity; accepting and owning identity. Anthony Reddie reflects on his journey of identity as a Black theologian and activist.

Producer: Dan Tierney.

Theologian Anthony Reddie reflects on identity and race.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Ben Judah - Destiny And The Migrant2017032220170326 (R4)Ben Judah talks about his family's journey over the centuries from Baghdad to London.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Ben Judah, the journalist and author of "This is London" talks about his family's journey over the centuries from the Jewish Quarter of Baghdad, to India and finally London.

Producer: Phil Pegum.

Ben Judah, the journalist and author of ""This is London"" talks about his family's journey over the centuries from the Jewish Quarter of Baghdad, to India and finally London.

Bonnie Greer20140312The American writer Bonnie Greer begins this year's series of Lent Talks, where six prominent writers reflect on the Christian season of Lent and how the story of Christ's passion continues to impact on contemporary society.

This year's theme is looks at power and the way the story of the Passion reflects the ways in which power is exercised in today's world. Power can be used for good or bad, to build or destroy, to give or take, to serve or to lead.

In this talk Bonnie Greer reflects on the power of names. Slaves and the descendants of slaves must use the names they were given. Power has the ability to alter other people's reality. It also has the ability to answer, the ability to define yourself. When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus his name, Jesus did not reply.

Producer: Peter Everett.

Chas Bayfield2007030720070311Advertiser Chas Bayfield takes the story of Jesus overturning the tables in the temple.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Six people well known in their fields reflect on the story of Jesus's ministry from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

2/6. Advertising guru Chas Bayfield.

Crave For Less20090315Richard Holloway searches for the reality of God's presence in absence.
Does God Make Mistakes?20090322Sister Frances Dominica reflects on her experiences alongside children and their families.
Faith In 'lost Causes'2021030320210307 (R4)
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A personal, hopeful reflection inspired by an aspect of the story leading up to Easter.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Feisal Abdul Rauf20110403This year's Lent Talks sees six well known figures reflect on different elements of conflict found in the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

In the third Lent Talk of the series, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the chairman of the Cordoba Initiative Islamic Cultural Centre, near Ground Zero in New York, reflects on the conflict between faith and identity.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love. The main theme for this year's talks will explore conflict in different forms and how it interacts with various aspects of society and culture.

New York Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf explores the conflict between faith and identity.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970220]Six writers reflect on enduring themes drawn from the narrative of Christ's suffering. 1: Bryan Appleyard , novelist and columnist.

Producer Norman Winter

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970220] Unknown: Bryan Appleyard

Producer: Norman Winter

God Present In Absence?20090411Six well-known figures explore ideas of the absence of God from their own perspective.

Jewish feminist theologian Melissa Raphael wonders what Jesus' cry of abandonment on the cross says about God's absence and how it connects with the experience of many Jews in the Holocaust.

Melissa Raphael considers the idea of God's absence for many Jews in the Holocaust.

Guli Francis-dehqani - Identity And Community2020040820200412 (R4)Lent Talks is a personal perspective on an aspect of the story leading up to Easter. This year’s theme is identity – losing and gaining identity; struggling with identity; accepting and owning identity. Bishop of Loughborough Guli Francis-Dehqani reflects on her journey of identity as an Iranian-born British Christian.

Producer: Dan Tierney.

Bishop of Loughborough Guli Francis-Dehqani reflects on her journey of identity.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

In No God's Land20090308Martin Bell reflects on his experience in war zones.

Six well-known figures explore ideas of the absence of God from their own perspective. Martin Bell reflects on his experience in war zones.

James Runcie20150225Our series begins with the writer and director James Runcie who looks at the Passion through the prism of mystery drama.

Producer: Phil Pegum.

Jim Wallis20140416The Power and the Passion - Jim Wallis on the power of the cross.

Kate Saunders20150304Novelist and actor Kate Saunders reflects on the Passion story.

Lord Ian Blair20110320This year's Lent Talks sees six well known figures reflect on different elements of conflict found in the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

In the first Lent Talk of the series, Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Lord Ian Blair, explores the conflict of religion in public life, considering conflict as a force for both good and evil.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love. The main theme for this year's talks will explore conflict in different forms and how it interacts with various aspects of society and culture.

Lord Ian Blair explores the conflict of religion in the public arena.

Louise Pendry - Identity And Ageing2020032520200329 (R4)Lent Talks is a personal perspective on an aspect of the story leading up to Easter. This year’s theme is identity – losing and gaining identity; struggling with identity; accepting and owning identity. Psychologist Louise Pendry reflects on her previous attitude to her own ageing as a 'wilderness' period, and offers a more positive alternative.

Producer: Dan Tierney.

Psychologist Louise Pendry reflects on the impact of ageing on her identity.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Maajid Nawaz20100314Maajid Nawaz, co-director of the Quilliam Foundation, reflects on pluralism in society.

Series of six talks by eminent thinkers exploring how faith and religion interact with a variety of aspects in society.

Man Of Sorrows - Ben Okafor2018030720180311 (R4)Ben Okafor remembers Jesus's agony in Gethsemane and his own childhood trauma.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Ben Okafor remembers Jesus's agony in Gethsemane and his own childhood trauma.

Ben Okafor remembers Jesus's agony in Gethsemane and his own childhood trauma.

Man Of Sorrows - Ben Okafor20180311Ben Okafor remembers Jesus's agony in Gethsemane and his own childhood trauma.
Marina Warner20140409The Power and the Passion: Marina Warner reflects on the power of places.

Martin Wroe20120325Martin Wroe explores the individual being at its most divine when working in community.

Writer and journalist, Martin Wroe, Martin Wroe explores the ethics of virtue where the individual is at its most divine when working in community.

In the wake of political and social reactions to the financial crisis, austerity measures and the riots of 2011, debate continues to determine the role of the individual and society. The 2012 Lent Talks consider the relationship between the individual and the collective. Is each person one alone or one of many? Is it the human condition to be self-contained or to belong to the family, the tribe, the congregation, the nation? We live in groups but our most intense experiences are incommunicable. Jesus shared a communal last supper but he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father.

Speakers of this year's talks include Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University, examines the philosophy of the individual and how this is neglected in many areas of Islam; Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, explores the agony of the individual in society.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.

Speakers of this year's talks include Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University, examines the philosophy of the individual and how this is neglected in many areas of Islam; Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, exploresLiam Williams - Ladhood

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Comedian Liam Williams tells of his teenage misadventures in the Yorkshire suburbs.

Liam Williams - Ladhood.

From Liam Williams, a two-time Edinburgh Festival Award Nominated comedian, comes a rich new storytelling Radio 4 series entitled "Ladhood", about Liam's teenage misadventures in the Yorkshire suburbs. With evocative monologues by "Adult Liam" being interjected with flashback scenes from his teenage years, the series was recorded in Leeds and stars teens from Yorkshire, with each episode delving into Liam's memories of his first fight, virginity loss, the best house party ever organised, and his marvelous outwitting of an entire teaching staff. This is the New Labour, post-mining, aspirational heartland, meeting 50 Cent and Generation Y ennui, represented in a bourgeois radio format - by one of Britain's most exciting comedians.

Written By: Liam Williams

Produced By: Arnab Chanda

This is a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

Michael Symmons Roberts20150311reflects on the Passion story.

Michael Symmons Roberts reflects on the Passion story.

More Than Bread Alone - Sharman Apt Russell2018022120180225 (R4)Sharman Apt Russell writes about the hunger that is for more than bread alone.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Sharman Apt Russell writes about the hunger that is for more than bread alone.

Nicholas Shakespeare20140326The Power and the Passion - Worldly Power. Jesus in the wilderness was offered it and turned it down, but most of us think it's worth having. Novelist, biographer and travel-writer Nicholas Shakespeare considers what power can do for us - and to us.

Producer: Peter Everett.

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Lent Talks is a personal reflection inspired by an aspect of the story leading up to Easter. This year's theme is ‘hope as an active virtue'. Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, a gendarme, was killed three years ago by an ISIS gunman in a French supermarket after taking the place of a hostage. On the third anniversary of his death, The Reverend Dr Lucy Winkett tells his story with reflections from his widow Marielle Beltrame.

Producer: Dan Tierney.

A personal, hopeful reflection inspired by an aspect of the story leading up to Easter.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Oliver Mcternan - Destiny And Faith2017031520170319 (R4)Oliver McTernan talks about how his decision to leave the church shaped his destiny.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

The former Catholic priest Oliver McTernan talks about how his decision to leave the church shaped his destiny and led him to become the co-founder and director of the conflict resolution charity "Forward Thinking".

Producer: Phil Pegum.

The former Catholic priest Oliver McTernan talks about how his decision to leave the church shaped his destiny and led him to become the co-founder and director of the conflict resolution charity ""Forward Thinking"".

Performing Penitence - Theo Hobson2018022820180304 (R4)Writer and artist Theo Hobson on performance art as a way of expressing penitence.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Writer and artist Theo Hobson on performance art as a way of expressing penitence.

Performing Penitence - Theo Hobson20180304Writer and artist Theo Hobson on performance art as a way of expressing penitence.
Prof John Lennox20120318describes how God is encountered through science.

John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, explains how the relationship between God and the individual is enhanced through science.

In the wake of political and social reactions to the financial crisis, austerity measures and the riots of 2011, debate continues to determine the role of the individual and society. The 2012 Lent Talks consider the relationship between the individual and the collective. Is each person one alone or one of many? Is it the human condition to be self-contained or to belong to the family, the tribe, the congregation, the nation? We live in groups but our most intense experiences are incommunicable. Jesus shared a communal last supper but he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father.

Speakers of this year's talks include the journalist and author Martin Wroe, who will explore humanity being at its most divine when working in community; Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University, examines the philosophy of the individual and how this is neglected in many areas of Islam; Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, explores the agony of the individual in society.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.

Prof John Lennox describes how God is encountered through science.

Prof Linda Woodhead20120311Linda woodhead explores the emergence of new communities and social groups.

Linda Woodhead - Director of the Religion and Society Research Programme and Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University - draws from the findings of the Religion and Society research programme to explore the dis-embedding from traditional community relationships to new communities formed from choice rather than inheritance.

In the wake of political and social reactions to the financial crisis, austerity measures and the riots of 2011, debate continues to determine the role of the individual and society. The 2012 Lent Talks consider the relationship between the individual and the collective. Is each person one alone or one of many? Is it the human condition to be self-contained or to belong to the family, the tribe, the congregation, the nation? We live in groups but our most intense experiences are incommunicable. Jesus shared a communal last supper but he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father.

Speakers of this year's talks include the journalist and author Martin Wroe, who will explore humanity being at its most divine when working in community; John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, explains how his encounter with God is enhanced through science; Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University, examines the philosophy of the individual and how this is neglected in many areas of Islam; Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, explores the agony of the individual in society.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.

Prof Tariq Ramadan20120401Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford, sets out the philosophy of the individual and its absence in some areas of Islam.

In the wake of political and social reactions to the financial crisis, austerity measures and the riots of 2011, debate continues to determine the role of the individual and society. The 2012 Lent Talks consider the relationship between the individual and the collective. Is each person one alone or one of many? Is it the human condition to be self-contained or to belong to the family, the tribe, the congregation, the nation? We live in groups but our most intense experiences are incommunicable. Jesus shared a communal last supper but he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father.

This year's series of Lent Talks concludes with Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, who will explore the agony of the individual in society.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.

Prof Tariq Ramadan sets out the philosophy of the individual and its absence in Islam.

Professor Christine Done - Destiny And The Cosmos2017040520170409 (R4)Professor Christine Done talks about the ultimate destiny of the universe.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Christine Done, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Durham University, talks about the ultimate destiny of the universe.

Producer: Phil Pegum.

Put Down Your Gun - Rev Dr Tammy Williams2018031420180318 (R4)Another violent arrest - Rev Dr Tammy Williams on alternatives to gun violence.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Another violent arrest - Rev Dr Tammy Williams on alternatives to gun violence.

Quentin Letts20150318Theatre critic and parliamentary sketch writer Quentin Letts reflects on the Passion story

Rachel Mann - Trans Identity2020030420200308 (R4)Lent Talks is a personal perspective on an aspect of the story leading up to Easter. This year’s theme is identity – losing and gaining identity; struggling with identity; accepting and owning identity. Anglican priest Rachel Mann reflects on Jesus’ journey of self-acceptance in the wilderness and how it has encouraged her in her own identity as a trans woman.

Producer: Dan Tierney.

Anglican priest Rachel Mann reflects on her journey of identity as a trans woman.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Jesus’ 40-day struggle in the wilderness led to his discovery of who he was and what his mission would be. This year’s Lent Talks theme is identity – losing and gaining identity, struggling with identity, accepting and owning identity. Anglican priest Rachel Mann reflects on the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion and on her own journey of identity as a trans woman.

Rev Dr Giles Fraser20100403"Greater love hath no man"

In the last of six talks by eminent writers and thinkers in the weeks leading up to Easter, The Revd Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral and a Tutor of military ethics at The Defence Academy, reflects on the nature of sacrifice.

The Revd Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral brings our series of Lent Talks to a close, when he will be reflecting on the nature of sacrifice.

As a Tutor of ethics and leadership at The Defence Academy, Dr Fraser has a wide experience of talking to soldiers and military strategists about what sacrifice means in a war zone.

In the light of those insights - and as Christians around the world mark Holy Week - he explores what the concept of sacrifice means in our contemporary culture.

Rev Dr Giles Fraser reflects on the nature of sacrifice.

The Revd Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral brings our series of Lent Talks to a close, when he will be reflecting on the nature of sacrifice. As a Tutor of ethics and leadership at The Defence Academy, Dr Fraser has a wide experience of talking to soldiers and military strategists about what sacrifice means in a war zone. In the light of those insights - and as Christians around the world mark Holy Week - he explores what the concept of sacrifice means in our contemporary culture.

Rev Prof Alister Mcgrath20100328Rev Prof Alister McGrath on the relationship between natural science, faith and religion.

Series of six talks by eminent thinkers exploring how faith and religion interact with a variety of aspects in society.

Rev Prof Alister McGrath reflects on the continuously developing relationship between the natural sciences, faith and religion.

Richard Harries - Destiny And Old Age20170412Former bishop Lord Richard Harries talks about confronting destiny in old age.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

In the last in the series former bishop Lord Richard Harries, who is 80 this year, talks about confronting destiny in old age. Jonathan Keeble reads Sailing to Byzantium by WB Yeats

Producer: Phil Pegum.

In the last in the series former bishop Lord Richard Harries, who is 80 this year, talks about confronting destiny in old age.Jonathan Keeble reads Sailing to Byzantium by WB Yeats

Salley Vickers - Destiny And The Author2017032820170402 (R4)Novelist Salley Vickers talks about the responsibility of having destiny in her hands.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Salley Vickers, the author novels including "Miss Garnet's Angel", talks about the responsibility of having the destiny of her hands.

Producer: Phil Pegum.

Salley Vickers, the author novels including ""Miss Garnet's Angel"", talks about the responsibility of having the destiny of her hands.

Sarah Perry20150325Author Sarah Perry reflects on the Passion story.

Simon Thomas - Identity And Grief2020031120200315 (R4)Lent Talks is a personal perspective on an aspect of the story leading up to Easter. This year’s theme is identity – losing and gaining identity; struggling with identity; accepting and owning identity. TV presenter Simon Thomas reflects on the words of Jesus on the cross: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?", and how personal grief gave him a new identity.

Producer: Dan Tierney.

TV presenter Simon Thomas reflects on the impact of grief on his identity.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Sir John Eliot Gardiner20150401Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner reflects on the Passion story.

Sr Elizabeth Obbard20100321explores how people's personal faith is shaped by formal religion.

Sr Elizabeth Obbard explores how people's personal faith is shaped by formal religion.

Series of six talks by eminent thinkers exploring how faith and religion interact with a variety of aspects in society.

Sr Elizabeth Obbard, a Carmelite solitary at Aylesford Priory in Kent, explores how people's personal faith is affected and shaped by formal religion.

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A personal, hopeful reflection inspired by an aspect of the story leading up to Easter.

Dr Jason Arday, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Durham, reflects on the health and social barriers he has faced and overcome throughout his life with a positive and grateful outlook.

Producer: Dan Tierney.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

The City2016022420160228 (R4)Maxwell Hutchinson on Jesus's arrival in Jerusalem and his confrontation at the temple.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

The Lent Talks are a series of essays on the different perspectives of the passion story. The location for this week's "Lent in the Landscape" talk is the iconic brick-built Victorian Gothic "All Saints Church" just behind Oxford Street in London. Maxwell reflects on Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem and his confrontation at the Temple. Producer: Amanda Hancox.

The Cry From The Cross - Archbishop Justin Welby20180328Essays that reflect on different aspects of the passion story.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Archbishop Justin Welby reflects on Jesus's cry of dereliction on the cross.

The Dining Room2016030220160306 (R4)Dr Michael Banner visits the dining hall at Trinity College to reflect on the Last Supper.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

The Lent Talks are a series of essays on different perspectives of the passion story. This year the theme is "Lent in the Landscape". Michael Banner visits reflects the famous Dining Hall at Trinity College Cambridge to reflect on the Last Supper and betrayal. Producer: Phil Pegum.

The Dove Descending1999022419990329`The Dove Descending'.

Writers from a variety of religious perspectives offer their views on the Easter story.

In this programme, left-wing playwright David Edgar talks movingly about the story of his wife's illness and death during Lent last year and relates this time to Gospel accounts of the Passion.

The Dove Descending1999030319990405`The Dove Descending'.

Writers from a variety of religious perspectives offer their views on the Easter story.

In this programme, Daily Mail columnist Angela Lambert squares up to death - her own, her friend Ruth Picardie's and that of a young man who was crucified 2,000 years ago.

The Dove Descending1999031019990412`The Dove Descending'.

Writers from a variety of religious perspectives offer their views on the Easter story.

Controversial novelist and journalist Will Self considers the story of the Passion and Resurrection from a secular point of view, and discovers a striking resemblance to science fiction.

The Dove Descending1999031719990419`The Dove Descending'.

Writers from a variety of religious perspectives offer their views on the Easter story.

Novelist and critic Andrew O'hagan reflects on one of the season's hidden themes - doubt.

Could Jesus have had more in common with his own disbelievers than they imagine?

The Dove Descending1999032419990426`The Dove Descending'.

Writers from a variety of religious perspectives offer their views on the Easter story.

Actress Imogen Stubbs offers a personal reflection on the meaning of Easter, recalling a childhood that filled her with a love of church music, but not much belief.

The Dove Descending1999033119990503`The Dove Descending'.

Writers from a variety of religious perspectives offer their views on the Easter story.

In the last of the series, novelist Rhidian Brook relates how a sun-drenched, drug-hazed trip to Trinidad caused him to question accounts of the Resurrection.

The Execution - The Chapel Royal Of St Peter Ad Vincula, At The Tower Of London2016031620160320 (R4)In the fifth edition of "Lent in the Landscape", a series of talks on different perspectives of the passion story, Cristina Odone visits the Chapel Royal of Saint Peter Ad Vincula at the Tower of London. She reflects on the figure of Mary, the mother of Jesus, at the foot of the cross as her son is crucified. Producer: Phil Pegum.

In the fifth edition of ""Lent in the Landscape"", a series of talks on different perspectives of the passion story, Cristina Odone visits the Chapel Royal of Saint Peter Ad Vincula at the Tower of London. She reflects on the figure of Mary, the mother of Jesus, at the foot of the cross as her son is crucified. Producer: Phil Pegum.

Catholic writer and director of the Centre for Character and Values, Cristina Odone.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

The Eyes Of God20090329Professor George Pattison reflects on the benefits of God's absence.

Six well-known figures explore ideas of the absence of God from their own perspective.

George Pattison, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford University, reflects on the benefits of God's absence.

The Fragrance Of Hope2021033120210403 (R4)Lent Talks is a personal reflection inspired by an aspect of the story leading up to Easter. This year's theme is ‘hope as an active virtue'. The Right Reverend Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London and former Chief Nurse, considers the small acts of service and self-giving witnessed across communities during the pandemic.

Producer Dan Tierney.

A personal, hopeful reflection inspired by an aspect of the story leading up to Easter.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Lent Talks is a personal reflection inspired by an aspect of the story leading up to Easter. This year's theme is ‘hope as an active virtue'. The Right Reverend Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London and former Chief Nurse, considers the small acts of service and self-giving during the pandemic.

The Garden2016030920160313 (R4)Journalist and author Madeleine reflects on Jesus's last night in the garden of Gethsemane

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Madeleine takes a night-time walk along the River Lea and the "edgelands" of the Hackney Marshes in east London as she reflects on Jesus' last night in the garden of Gethsemane for "Lent in the Landscape" a series of talks from six writers on different aspects of the passion story. Producer: Phil Pegum.

The Next Supper2021031020210314 (R4)A personal, hopeful reflection inspired by an aspect of the story leading up to Easter.

Theologian Dr Paula Gooder considers how the Last Supper has particular poignancy in the pandemic, in which we remember the last time were able to share a meal with our loved ones and look forward to the moment of our next supper together.

Producer: Dan Tierney.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

The Silence Of The Lamb - Dr Katie Edwards2018032120180325 (R4)Dr Katie Edwards finds the portrayal of Jesus' silence before Pilate unhelpful.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Dr Katie Edwards finds the portrayal of Jesus' silence before Pilate unhelpful.|Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives|

The Tomb20160323Dr Julian Litten takes listeners to Kensal Green Cemetery in north-west London.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Dr Julian Litten is author of "The English Way of Death: The Common Funeral Since 1450". This final "Lent in the Landscape" is from one of Britain's greatest Victorian cemeteries - Kensal Green in north-west London. It contains a host of memorials of the great and good and is still a working cemetery. Dr Litten will take us to the site of his last resting place which he has reserved there. Producer: Phil Pegum. Series Producer: Amanda Hancox.

The Uncertainty Of Jesus2019032720190331 (R4)Bex Lewis on Jesus' Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and her cancer diagnosis.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

The Uncertainty Of Judas2019041020190414 (R4)Candida Moss on Judas, demonisation and betrayal.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

The Uncertainty Of Mary2019041720190421 (R4)Alison Cope on a mother's grief.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

The Uncertainty Of Peter2019032020190324 (R4)Sandi Mann on Peter and the lies we tell each other.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

The Uncertainty Of Pilate2019040320190407 (R4)Sir Paul Coleridge on Pontius Pilate and justice.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

The Uncertainty Of Thomas2019031320190317 (R4)Mark Vernon on Doubting Thomas and the value of uncertainty.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

The Wilderness2016021720160221 (R4)The Rev Dr Emma Loveridge takes listeners to her isolated retreat in east Devon.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. Throughout Lent six writers will reflect on these events through a variety of locations as they explore the theme of "Lent in the Landscape". This week Emma Loveridge, who used to run excursions to the Sinai Desert, takes us to her own private wilderness which she has created in Devon to reflect on Jesus' forty days and forty nights in the wilderness. Producer: Phil Pegum.

Tim Lott - Identity And Parenthood2020040120200405 (R4)Lent Talks is a personal perspective on an aspect of the story leading up to Easter. This year’s theme is identity – losing and gaining identity; struggling with identity; accepting and owning identity. Writer Tim Lott reflects on the sacrifices of parenthood through the eyes of Mary, and the impact of fatherhood on his identity.

Producer: Dan Tierney.

Writer Tim Lott reflects on the impact of parenthood on his identity.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Will Self20100228Novelist Will Self reflects on the relationship between art and religion.

2000012000031120000313`Faith in the Future'.

Six eminent speakers explore the direction of faith in the 21st century, considering its impact on society and the individual.

With commitment to organised religion in decline, there has been a growing interest in personal spirituality.

Many see this as their personal hope for the new millennium.

1: Don Cupitt, Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

2000022000031820000320Six eminent speakers explore the direction of faith in the 21st century.

They approach spirituality from contrasting perspectives, considering its impact on society and the individual.

2: Professor Ursula King of the University of Bristol.

2000032000032520000327Six eminent speakers explore the direction of faith in the 21st century.

They approach spirituality from contrasting perspectives and consider its impact on society and the individual.

3: Bob Holman.

2000042000040120000403Six eminent speakers explore the direction of faith in the 21st century.

4: Professor Mary Grey.

A look at spirituality which speaks to all life forms.

2000052000040820000410Six eminent speakers explore the direction of faith in the 21st century.

5: Donah Zohar.

2000062000041520000417In the last of six programmes in which six eminent speakers explore the direction of faith in the 21st century, Professor Philip Sheldrake asks whether the Christian faith can respond to the individualistic nature of faith in the 21st century.
200501Temptation. Becoming2005021320050219Temptation. Becoming: The first of Fiona Shaw reads Ruth Scott's short story. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm]

Temptation. Becoming: The first of Fiona Shaw reads Ruth Scott's short story. [Rptd Sat 7.45pm]

200502Temptation. Firestarter2005022020050226The second of Jean Alexander reads Richard Cameron's short story.

Temptation. Firestarter: The second of Jean Alexander reads Richard Cameron's short story. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm] Then News.

Temptation. Firestarter: The second of Jean Alexander reads Richard Cameron's short story. [Rptd Sat 7.45pm]

200503Arise Jones2005022720050305Temptation. A series of monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of temptation. 3/6. Arise Jones: Michael Maloney reads Jim Burke's short story on the temptation to be too religious. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm]

Temptation. A series of monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of temptation. 3/6. Arise Jones: Jim Burke's short story on the temptation to be too religious. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm]

Temptation. A series of monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of temptation. 3/6. Arise Jones: Michael Maloney reads Jim Burke's short story on the temptation to be too religious. [Rptd Sat 7.45pm]

Michael Maloney reads Jim Burke's short story on the temptation to be too religious.

2005042005030620050312Miriam Margolyes is Miss Munday in Charlotte Cory's short story on the desire for revenge.

Temptation. A series of monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of Temptation. 4/6. Miriam Margolyes is Miss Munday in Charlotte Cory's short story on the desire for revenge. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm]

Temptation. A series for Lent inspired by ideas of Temptation. 4/6. Miriam Margolyes is Miss Munday in Charlotte Cory's short story on the desire for revenge. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm]

Temptation. A series of monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of Temptation. 4/6. Miriam Margolyes is Miss Munday in Charlotte Cory's short story on the desire for revenge. [Rptd Sat 7.45pm]

200505The Miracle Worker2005031320050319The Miracle Worker: Monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of Temptation. 5/6. Siobhan Redmond reads Jeanette Winterson's story about a life ruled by things to do. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm] Then News.

The Miracle Worker: A series of monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of Temptation. 5/6. Siobhan Redmond reads Jeanette Winterson's story about a life ruled by things to do. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm]

The Miracle Worker: A series of monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of Temptation. 5/6. Siobhan Redmond reads Jeanette Winterson's story about a life ruled by things to do. [Rptd Sat 7.45pm]

Siobhan Redmond reads Jeanette Winterson's story about a life ruled by things to do.

200506 LASTExpectations2005032020050326Monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of temptation.

Patrick Malahide reads Ruth Scott's story about a man tempted to make his fantasies reality.

6/6.

Expectations: Monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of temptation.

Expectations: A series of monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of Temptation.

Expectations: A series of monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of Temptation. 6/6. Patrick Malahide reads Ruth Scott's story about a man tempted to make his fantasies reality. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm]

6/6. Expectations: Monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of temptation. Patrick Malahide reads Ruth Scott's story about a man tempted to make his fantasies reality. [Rpt of Sun 5.40pm]

Expectations: A series of monologues for Lent inspired by ideas of Temptation. 6/6. Patrick Malahide reads Ruth Scott's story about a man tempted to make his fantasies reality. [Rptd Sat 7.45pm]

2006012006030820060312A series of talks for Lent, recorded in Jerusalem.

1/6.

From the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Daniel Rossing reflects on the encounter of Jews and Christians to the Easter story.

A series of talks for Lent, recorded in Jerusalem. 1/6. From the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Daniel Rossing reflects on the encounter of Jews and Christians and the Easter story. [Rpt of Wed 8.45pm]

A series of talks for Lent, recorded in Jerusalem. 1/6. From the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Daniel Rossing reflects on the encounter of Jews and Christians to the Easter story. [Rptd Sun 12.30am]

200602Via Dolorosa - Jesus Wept2006031520060319Rev Clarence Musgrave, vicar of St Andrew's Church of Scotland in Jerusalem, reflects on the place where Jesus began his journey to the cross and looked out over Jerusalem and wept.

A series of talks for Lent, recorded in Jerusalem.

2/6. Via Dolorosa - Jesus Wept

Then Sailing By.

Then News.

200603Via Dolorosa - Garden Of Gethsemane2006032220060326A series of talks for Lent, recorded in Jerusalem.

3/6.

Via Dolorosa - Garden of Gethsemane

Fr Jamal Khada reflects on the two Lenten themes of suffering and reconciliation.

3/6. Via Dolorosa - Garden of Gethsemane

Then Sailing By.

Then News.

200604Via Dolorosa - Jesus Meets His Mother2006032920060402Professor Mustafa Abu Sway, Director of the Islamic Research Center at Al-Quds University, reflects on how Muslims have understood the life and death of Jesus; and the co-existence expressed every day between Islam and Christianity on the streets of Jerusalem.

A series of talks for Lent, recorded in Jerusalem.

4/6. Via Dolorosa - Jesus Meets His Mother

Then News.

2006052006040520060409A series of talks for Lent, recorded in Jerusalem.

5/6.

Via Dolorosa - Jesus Meets the Women

A reflection by Fr Michael McGarry, Rector of Tantur Ecumenical Institute, on the significance of women in the Passion of Christ and in the city of Jerusalem itself.

5/6. Via Dolorosa - Jesus Meets the Women

Then Sailing By.

200606 LASTVia Dolorosa - The Church Of The Holy Sepulchre2006041220060416Dr Maria Khoury, from the Greek Orthodox Church of St George in Taybeh, reflects on the worldwide significance of the empty tomb and the celebration of the Holy Fire witnessed each year on Holy Saturday.

A series of talks for Lent, recorded in Jerusalem.

6/6. Via Dolorosa - The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Dr Maria Khoury, from the Greek Orthodox Church of St George in Taybeh, reflects on the worldwide significance of the empty tomb and the celebration of the Holy Fire witnessed each year on Holy Saturday.

Then Sailing By.

Dr Maria Khoury, from the Greek Orthodox Church of St George in Taybeh, reflects on the worldwide significance of the empty tomb and the celebration of the Holy Fire witnessed each year on Holy Saturday. Then News.

200701Armando Iannucci2007022820070303
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Armando Iannucci, writer and comedian, on the devil and temptation.

The writer and comedian discusses the devil and temptation.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

1/6. Armando Iannucci, writer and comedian, on the devil and temptation.

1/6. Armando Iannucci, writer and comedian, on the devil and temptation.

200702Chas Bayfield2007030720070310Advertising guru Chas Bayfield takes the story of Jesus overturning the tables in the temple, to ask questions about the relationship between God and commerce, and the true nature of religion.
200703Cherie Booth2007031420070317Cherie Booth QC reflects on the story of Zacchaeus, and finds in it elements of Restorative Justice programmes which seek to mediate between offenders and their victims.

Reflections on the story of Jesus's ministry from the perspective of personal and professional experience.

3/6. Cherie Booth QC reflects on the story of Zacchaeus, and finds in it elements of Restorative Justice programmes which seek to mediate between offenders and their victims.

3/6. Cherie Booth QC reflects on the story of Zacchaeus, and finds in it elements of Restorative Justice programmes which seek to mediate between offenders and their victims.

200704Shami Chakrabarti2007032120070324Reflections on the story of Jesus's ministry from the perspective of personal and professional experience.

4/6. Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti finds uncomfortable similarities between the trial of Jesus and the treatment of suspects in western democracies.

Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti finds uncomfortable similarities between the trial of Jesus and the treatment of suspects in western democracies.

2007052007032820070331Douglas Hurd puts himself in the shoes of Pilate, forced to choose between the sacrifice of an innocent man and a mass uprising.

Reflections on the story of Jesus's ministry from the perspective of personal and professional experience.

5/6. Douglas Hurd puts himself in the shoes of Pilate, forced to choose between the sacrifice of an innocent man and a mass uprising.

200706 LAST2007040420070407Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, challenges the idea that suffering is God's punishment for sin.

Reflections on the story of Jesus's ministry from the perspective of personal and professional experience.

6/6. Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, challenges the idea that suffering is God's punishment for sin.

200801Jude Kelly20080213Jude Kelly, artistic director of London's Southbank, puts her case for a mandatory 40 days in the wilderness for the rich and powerful.

Well-known figures reflect on the story of Jesus from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

1/6. Jude Kelly, artistic director of London's Southbank, puts her case for a mandatory 40 days in the wilderness for the rich and powerful.

Southbank director Jude Kelly suggests 40 days in the wilderness for the rich and powerful

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Followed by News.

200802Terry Eagleton20080220Well-known figures reflect on the story of Jesus from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

2/6. Professor Terry Eagleton argues that self-fulfilment lies at the heart of the Gospel message. But that asks more of us than giving up smoking for Lent ever could.

Prof Terry Eagleton argues that self\u2013fulfilment lies at the heart of the Gospel message.

Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives

Followed by News.

200803Mary Loudon20080227Writer Mary Loudon challenges society's attitudes to mental illness in her appreciation of Jesus's dealings with the demon-possessed.

Well-known figures reflect on the story of Jesus from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

3/6. Writer Mary Loudon challenges society's attitudes to mental illness in her appreciation of Jesus's dealings with the demon-possessed.

Followed by News.

20080420080305Human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith draws on his experience of representing prisoners on death row to reflect on the story of Jesus.

Well-known figures reflect on the story of Jesus from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

4/6. Human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith draws on his experience of representing prisoners on death row to reflect on the story of Jesus.

Followed by News.

20080520080312Ann Widdecombe MP meditates on the psychological agony of Jesus on the cross in witnessing the suffering of those who had loved him.

Well-known figures reflect on the story of Jesus from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

5/6. Ann Widdecombe MP meditates on the psychological agony of Jesus on the cross in witnessing the suffering of those who had loved him.

Followed by News.

200806 LAST20080319Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham, reflects on the interval between Jesus's death and resurrection.

Well-known figures reflect on the story of Jesus from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

6/6. Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham, reflects on the interval between Jesus's death and resurrection.

Followed by News.

200901In No God's Land2009030420090308Six well-known figures explore ideas of the absence of God from their own perspective.

Martin Bell reflects on his experience in war zones.

Six well-known figures explore ideas of the absence of God from their own perspective. Martin Bell reflects on his experience in war zones.

200902Crave For Less2009031120090315Six well-known figures explore ideas of the absence of God from their own perspective.

Richard Holloway searches for the reality of God's presence in absence.

Six well-known figures explore ideas of the absence of God from their own perspective. Richard Holloway searches for the reality of God's presence in absence.

200903Does God Make Mistakes?2009031820090322Six well-known figures explore ideas of the absence of God from their own perspective.

Sister Frances Dominica, founder and trustee of Helen and Douglas House hospice, reflects on her experiences alongside children and their families.

Synopsis

Sister Frances Dominica reflects on her experiences alongside children and their families.

200904The Eyes Of God2009032520090329George Pattison, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford University, reflects on the benefits of God's absence.

Synopsis

Six well-known figures explore ideas of the absence of God from their own perspective.

Professor George Pattison reflects on the benefits of God's absence.

200905A Godless Society?2009040120090405Six well-known figures explore ideas of the absence of God from their own perspective.

Frank Field MP reflects on a society that chooses to root its moral behaviour apart from God.

Frank Field reflects on a society that chooses to root its moral behaviour apart from God.

Synopsis

Frank Field MP reflects on a society that chooses to root its moral behaviour apart from God.

Frank Field reflects on a society that chooses to root its moral behaviour apart from God.

200906God Present In Absence?20090408
200906 LASTGod Present In Absence?2009040820090411
201001Will Self2010022420100228Series of talks by eminent thinkers exploring how faith and religion interact with a variety of aspects in society.

Novelist Will Self reflects on the relationship between art and religion.

Novelist Will Self reflects on the relationship between art and religion.

201002Andreas Whittam Smith2010030320100307Series of six talks by eminent thinkers exploring how faith and religion interact with a variety of aspects in society.

Financial journalist Andreas Whittam Smith explores the temptations of the financial world.

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201003Maajid Nawaz2010031020100314Series of six talks by eminent thinkers exploring how faith and religion interact with a variety of aspects in society.

Maajid Nawaz, co-director of the Quilliam Foundation, reflects on pluralism in society.

201004Sr Elizabeth Obbard2010031720100321Series of six talks by eminent thinkers exploring how faith and religion interact with a variety of aspects in society.

Sr Elizabeth Obbard, a Carmelite solitary at Aylesford Priory in Kent, explores how people's personal faith is affected and shaped by formal religion.

Sr Elizabeth Obbard explores how people's personal faith is shaped by formal religion.

201005Rev Prof Alister Mcgrath2010032420100328Series of six talks by eminent thinkers exploring how faith and religion interact with a variety of aspects in society.

Rev Prof Alister McGrath reflects on the continuously developing relationship between the natural sciences, faith and religion.

Rev Prof Alister McGrath on the relationship between natural science, faith and religion.

201006 LASTRev Dr Giles Fraser2010033120100403Greater love hath no man"

In the last of six talks by eminent writers and thinkers in the weeks leading up to Easter, The Revd Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral and a Tutor of military ethics at The Defence Academy, reflects on the nature of sacrifice.

The Revd Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral brings our series of Lent Talks to a close, when he will be reflecting on the nature of sacrifice.

As a Tutor of ethics and leadership at The Defence Academy, Dr Fraser has a wide experience of talking to soldiers and military strategists about what sacrifice means in a war zone.

In the light of those insights - and as Christians around the world mark Holy Week - he explores what the concept of sacrifice means in our contemporary culture.

Rev Dr Giles Fraser reflects on the nature of sacrifice."

, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral and a tutor of military ethics at The Defence Academy, reflects on the nature of sacrifice.

Rev Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral and a tutor of military ethics at The Defence Academy, reflects on the nature of sacrifice.

201101Lord Ian Blair2011031620110320

explores the conflict of religion in the public arena.

This year's Lent Talks sees six well known figures reflect on different elements of conflict found in the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

In the first Lent Talk of the series, Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Lord Ian Blair, explores the conflict of religion in public life, considering conflict as a force for both good and evil.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.

The main theme for this year's talks will explore conflict in different forms and how it interacts with various aspects of society and culture.

Lord Ian Blair explores the conflict of religion in the public arena.

In the first Lent Talk of the series, Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Lord Ian Blair, explores the conflict of religion in publicLiam Williams - Ladhood

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The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love. The main theme for this year's talks will explore conflict in different forms and how it interacts with various aspects of society and culture.

201102Austen Ivereigh2011032320110327Austen Ivereigh reflects on ending the cycle of conflict by becoming the forgiving victim.

This year's Lent Talks sees six well-known figures reflect on different elements of conflict found in the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

In the second Lent Talk of the series, Catholic writer and commentator, Austen Ivereigh, explores how we can escape the cycle of conflict by becoming a forgiving victim rather than a vengeful one - whilst at the same time receiving justice.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love. The main theme for this year's talks will explore conflict in different forms and how it interacts with various aspects of society and culture.

201103Feisal Abdul Rauf2011033020110403

This year's Lent Talks sees six well known figures reflect on different elements of conflict found in the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

In the third Lent Talk of the series, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the chairman of the Cordoba Initiative Islamic Cultural Centre, near Ground Zero in New York, reflects on the conflict between faith and identity.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.

The main theme for this year's talks will explore conflict in different forms and how it interacts with various aspects of society and culture.

New York Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf explores the conflict between faith and identity.

In the third Lent Talk of the series, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, from the Ground Zero Islamic Centre, explores the conflict between faith and national identity.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love. The main theme for this year's talks will explore conflict in different forms and how it interacts with various aspects of society and culture.

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Well known figures reflect on elements of conflict found in the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

A personal reflection on elements of conflict found in the story of Jesus' ministry.

2011052011041320110417This year's Lent Talks sees six well known figures reflect on different elements of conflict found in the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

In the fifth Lent Talk of the series, Guardian columnist, Madeleine Bunting, explores the unmet public appetite for justice in the wake of the financial crisis.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.

The main theme for this year's talks will explore conflict in different forms and how it interacts with various aspects of society and culture.

Guardian columnist Madeleine Bunting explores the unmet appetite for justice.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love. The main theme for this year's talks will explore conflict in different forms and how it interacts with various aspects of society and culture.

201106 LAST20110420This year's Lent Talks sees six well known figures reflect on different elements of conflict found in the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from the perspective of their own personal and professional experience.

In the final Lent Talk of the series, the Reverend Mark Oakley, Canon Treasurer at St Paul's Cathedral, talks about the conflict with God - when in the face of disaster and suffering God appears absent.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.

The main theme for this year's talks will explore conflict in different forms and how it interacts with various aspects of society and culture.

Mark Oakley, Canon Treasurer at St Paul's Cathedral, explores the conflict with God.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love. The main theme for this year's talks will explore conflict in different forms and how it interacts with various aspects of society and culture.

2012012012022920120304The Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Nick Baines begins a new series of Lent Talks where six well known figures from journalism, science, religion and public life reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus' ministry and Passion continues to interact with contemporary society and culture.

In the wake of political and social reactions to the financial crisis, austerity measures and the riots of 2011, debate continues to determine the role of the individual and society. The 2012 Lent Talks consider the relationship between the individual and the collective. Is each person one alone or one of many? Is it the human condition to be self-contained or to belong to the family, the tribe, the congregation, the nation? We live in groups but our most intense experiences are incommunicable. Jesus shared a communal last supper but he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father.

Speakers of this year's talks include the journalist and author Martin Wroe, who will explore humanity being at its most divine when working in community; John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, explains how his encounter with God is enhanced through science; Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, explores the agony of the individual in society.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.

The Rt Rev Nick Baines, Bishop of Bradford, asks if we are 'one alone or one of many'.

In the wake of political and social reactions to the financial crisis, austerity measures and the riots of 2011, debate conLiam Williams - Ladhood

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201202Prof Linda Woodhead2012030720120311Linda woodhead explores the emergence of new communities and social groups.

Linda Woodhead - Director of the Religion and Society Research Programme and Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University - draws from the findings of the Religion and Society research programme to explore the dis-embedding from traditional community relationships to new communities formed from choice rather than inheritance.

In the wake of political and social reactions to the financial crisis, austerity measures and the riots of 2011, debate continues to determine the role of the individual and society. The 2012 Lent Talks consider the relationship between the individual and the collective. Is each person one alone or one of many? Is it the human condition to be self-contained or to belong to the family, the tribe, the congregation, the nation? We live in groups but our most intense experiences are incommunicable. Jesus shared a communal last supper but he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father.

Speakers of this year's talks include the journalist and author Martin Wroe, who will explore humanity being at its most divine when working in community; John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, explains how his encounter with God is enhanced through science; Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University, examines the philosophy of the individual and how this is neglected in many areas of Islam; Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, explores the agony of the individual in society.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.

Series of talks by well-known figures.

201203Prof John Lennox2012031420120318John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, explains how the relationship between God and the individual is enhanced through science.

In the wake of political and social reactions to the financial crisis, austerity measures and the riots of 2011, debate continues to determine the role of the individual and society. The 2012 Lent Talks consider the relationship between the individual and the collective. Is each person one alone or one of many? Is it the human condition to be self-contained or to belong to the family, the tribe, the congregation, the nation? We live in groups but our most intense experiences are incommunicable. Jesus shared a communal last supper but he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father.

Speakers of this year's talks include the journalist and author Martin Wroe, who will explore humanity being at its most divine when working in community; Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University, examines the philosophy of the individual and how this is neglected in many areas of Islam; Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, explores the agony of the individual in society.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.

Prof John Lennox describes how God is encountered through science.

201204Martin Wroe2012032120120325explores the individual being at its most divine when working in community.

Writer and journalist, Martin Wroe, Martin Wroe explores the ethics of virtue where the individual is at its most divine when working in community.

In the wake of political and social reactions to the financial crisis, austerity measures and the riots of 2011, debate continues to determine the role of the individual and society. The 2012 Lent Talks consider the relationship between the individual and the collective. Is each person one alone or one of many? Is it the human condition to be self-contained or to belong to the family, the tribe, the congregation, the nation? We live in groups but our most intense experiences are incommunicable. Jesus shared a communal last supper but he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father.

Speakers of this year's talks include Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University, examines the philosophy of the individual and how this is neglected in many areas of Islam; Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, explores the agony of the individual in society.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.

Martin Wroe explores the individual being at its most divine when working in community.

Writer and journalist, Martin Wroe, Martin Wroe explores the ethics of virtue where the indiviLiam Williams - Ladhood

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The First Time

20170613

Comedian Liam Williams tells of his teenage misadventures growing up in Leeds.

Liam Williams - Ladhood.

Please Note: Due to it's subject matter of teenage sex, this episode contains language and content that some listeners may find offensive.

From Liam Williams, a two-time Edinburgh Festival Award Nominated comedian, comes a rich new storytelling Radio 4 series entitled "Ladhood", about Liam's teenage misadventures in the Yorkshire suburbs. With evocative monologues by "Adult Liam" being interjected with flashback scenes from his teenage years, the series was recorded in Leeds and stars teens from Yorkshire, with each episode delving into Liam's memories of his first fight, virginity loss, the best house party ever organised, and his marvelous outwitting of an entire teaching staff. This is the New Labour, post-mining, aspirational heartland, meeting 50 Cent and Generation Y ennui, represented in a bourgeois radio format - by one of Britain's most exciting comedians.

Written By: Liam Williams

Produced By: Arnab Chanda

It is a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

201205Prof Tariq Ramadan2012032820120401Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford, sets out the philosophy of the individual and its absence in some areas of Islam.

In the wake of political and social reactions to the financial crisis, austerity measures and the riots of 2011, debate continues to determine the role of the individual and society. The 2012 Lent Talks consider the relationship between the individual and the collective. Is each person one alone or one of many? Is it the human condition to be self-contained or to belong to the family, the tribe, the congregation, the nation? We live in groups but our most intense experiences are incommunicable. Jesus shared a communal last supper but he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father.

This year's series of Lent Talks concludes with Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, who will explore the agony of the individual in society.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.

Prof Tariq Ramadan sets out the philosophy of the individual and its absence in Islam.

Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford, sets out the philosophy of the individual and its absence in some areas of Islam.

Prof Tariq Ramadan sets out the philosophy of the individual and its absence in Islam.

201206 LASTSr Gemma Symonds Cj20120404Six well-known figures reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus's ministry and Passion.
201301Baroness Helena Kennedy2013022020130224Leading human rights lawyer, Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, opens a new series of Lent Talks, where six well known figures from public life, the arts, human rights and religion, reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus' ministry and Passion continues to interact with contemporary society and culture.

The 2013 Lent Talks consider the theme of ""abandonment"". In the Lenten story, Jesus is the supreme example of this - he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father - God. But how does that theme tie in with today's complex world? There are many ways one can feel abandoned - by family, by society, by war/conflict, but one can also feel abandoned through the loss of something, perhaps power, job or identity.

Speakers in this year's talks include the author Alexander McCall Smith, who explores the sense of being abandoned by society as you grow older; Loretta Minghella, Director of Christian Aid, who considers the abandonment of self and the need to face who we truly are; Imam Asim Hafiz, Muslim Chaplain and Religious Adviser to HM Forces, who has just returned from Afghanistan and who explores the total abandonment experienced by both sides as a result of war; Ben Cohen, journalist and broadcaster, who reflects on his own personal story of religious rejection through being gay, and Canon Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Piccadilly, who explores the relationship between abandonment and betrayal.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, greed, forgiveness and love.

Leading human rights lawyer, Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, opens a new series of Lent Talks, where six well known figures from public life, the arts, human rights and religion, reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus' ministry and Passion continues to interact with contemporary society and culture.

The 2013 Lent Talks consider the theme of "abandonment". In the Lenten story, Jesus is the supreme example of this - he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father - God. But how does that theme tie in with today's complex world? There are many ways one can feel abandoned - by family, by society, by war/conflict, but one can also feel abandoned through the loss of something, perhaps power, job or identity.

201302Alexander Mccall Smith2013022720130303In the second of this year's Lent Talks, author Alexander McCall Smith considers how you can feel abandoned by society, as you grow older.

The Lent Talks feature six well known figures from public life, the arts, human rights and religion, who reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus' ministry and Passion continues to interact with contemporary society and culture. The 2013 Lent Talks consider the theme of ""abandonment"". In the Lenten story, Jesus is the supreme example of this - he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father - God. But how does that theme tie in with today's complex world? There are many ways one can feel abandoned - by family, by society, by war/conflict, but one can also feel abandoned through the loss of something, perhaps power, job or identity. The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, greed, forgiveness and love, as well as abandonment.

Speakers in this year's talks include Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, who considers what it means to abandon being human; Loretta Minghella, Director of Christian Aid, who considers the abandonment of self and the need to face who we truly are; Imam Asim Hafiz, Muslim Chaplain and Religious Adviser to HM Forces, who has just returned from Afghanistan and who explores the total abandonment experienced by both sides as a result of war; Ben Cohen, journalist and broadcaster, who reflects on his own personal story of religious rejection through being gay, and Canon Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Piccadilly, who explores the relationship between abandonment and betrayal.

Speakers in this year's talks include Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, who considers what it means to abandon being human; Loretta Minghella, Director of Christian Aid, who considers the abandonment of self and the need to face who we truly are; Imam Asim Hafiz, Muslim Chaplain and Religious Adviser to HM Forces, who has just returned from Afghanistan and who explores the total abandonment experienced by both sides as a result of war; Benjamin Cohen, journalist and broadcaster, who reflects on his own personal story of religious rejection through being gay, and Canon Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Piccadilly, who explores the relationship between abandonment and betrayal.

The Lent Talks feature six well known figures from public life, the arts, human rights and religion, who reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus' ministry and Passion continues to interact with contemporary society and culture. The 2013 Lent Talks consider the theme of "abandonment". In the Lenten story, Jesus is the supreme example of this - he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father - God. But how does that theme tie in with today's complex world? There are many ways one can feel abandoned - by family, by society, by war/conflict, but one can also feel abandoned through the loss of something, perhaps power, job or identity. The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, greed, forgiveness and love, as well as abandonment.

Speakers in this year's talks include Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, who considers what it means to abandon being human; Loretta Minghella, Director of Christian Aid, who considers the abandonment of self and the need to face who we truly are; Imam Asim Hafiz, Muslim Chaplain and Religious Adviser to HM Forces, who has just returned from Afghanistan and who explores the total abandonment experienced by both sides as a result of war; Benjamin Cohen, journalist and broadcaster, who reflects on his own personal story of religious rejection through being gay, and Canon Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Piccadilly, who explores the relationship between abandonment and betrayal.

Speakers in this year's talks include Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, who considers what it means to abandon being human; Loretta Minghella, Director of Christian Aid, who considers the abandonment of self and the need to face who we truly are; Imam Asim Hafiz, Muslim Chaplain and Religious Adviser to HM Forces, who has just returned from Afghanistan and who explores the total abandonment experienced by both sides as a result of war; Ben Cohen, journalist and broadcaster, who reflects on his own personal story of religious rejection through being gay, and Canon Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Piccadilly, who explores the relationship between abandonment and betrayal.

201303Benjamin Cohen2013030620130310In the third of this year's Lent Talks, journalist and broadcaster Benjamin Cohen reflects on the fear of being abandoned by his own Jewish community, for being gay.

The Lent Talks feature six well-known figures from public life, the arts, human rights and religion, who reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus' ministry and Passion continues to interact with contemporary society and culture. The 2013 Lent Talks consider the theme of ""abandonment"". In the Lenten story, Jesus is the supreme example of this - he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father - God. But how does that theme tie in with today's complex world? There are many ways one can feel abandoned - by family, by society, by war/conflict, but one can also feel abandoned through the loss of something, perhaps power, job or identity. The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, greed, forgiveness and love, as well as abandonment.

Speakers in this year's talks include Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, who considers what it means to abandon being human; Alexander McCall Smith considers how you can feel abandoned by society as you grow older; Loretta Minghella, Director of Christian Aid, considers the abandonment of self and the need to face who we truly are; Imam Asim Hafiz, Muslim Chaplain and Religious Adviser to HM Forces, who has just returned from Afghanistan, explores the total abandonment experienced by both sides as a result of war and, finally, Canon Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Piccadilly, explores the relationship between abandonment and betrayal.

The Lent Talks feature six well-known figures from public life, the arts, human rights and religion, who reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus' ministry and Passion continues to interact with contemporary society and culture. The 2013 Lent Talks consider the theme of "abandonment". In the Lenten story, Jesus is the supreme example of this - he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father - God. But how does that theme tie in with today's complex world? There are many ways one can feel abandoned - by family, by society, by war/conflict, but one can also feel abandoned through the loss of something, perhaps power, job or identity. The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, greed, forgiveness and love, as well as abandonment.

Speakers in this year's talks include Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, who considers what it means to abandon being human; Alexander McCall Smith considers how you can feel abandoned by society as you grow older; Loretta Minghella, Director of Christian Aid, considers the abandonment of self and the need to face who we truly are; Imam Asim Hafiz, Muslim Chaplain and Religious Adviser to HM Forces, who has just returned from Afghanistan, explores the total abandonment experienced by both sides as a result of war and, finally, Canon Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Piccadilly, explores the relationship between abandonment and betrayal.

201304Loretta Minghella2013031320130317In the fourth of this year's Lent Talks, the Director of Christian Aid, Loretta Minghella, considers the abandonment of self and the need to face who we truly are.

 

The Lent Talks feature six well-known figures from public life, the arts, human rights and religion, who reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus' ministry and Passion continues to interact with contemporary society and culture. The 2013 Lent Talks consider the theme of ""abandonment"". In the Lenten story, Jesus is the supreme example of this - he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father - God. But how does that theme tie in with today's complex world? There are many ways one can feel abandoned - by family, by society, by war/conflict, but one can also feel abandoned through the loss of something, perhaps power, job or identity. The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, greed, forgiveness and love, as well as abandonment.

Speakers in this year's talks include Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, who considers what it means to abandon being human; Alexander McCall Smith considers how you can feel abandoned by society as you grow older; the journalist and broadcaster, Benjamin Cohen, reflects on the fear of being abandoned by his own Jewish community, for being gay; Imam Asim Hafiz, Muslim Chaplain and Religious Adviser to HM Forces, who has just returned from Afghanistan, explores the total abandonment experienced by both sides as a result of war and, finally, Canon Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Piccadilly, explores the relationship between abandonment and betrayal.

The Lent Talks feature six well-known figures from public life, the arts, human rights and religion, who reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus' ministry and Passion continues to interact with contemporary society and culture. The 2013 Lent Talks consider the theme of "abandonment". In the Lenten story, Jesus is the supreme example of this - he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father - God. But how does that theme tie in with today's complex world? There are many ways one can feel abandoned - by family, by society, by war/conflict, but one can also feel abandoned through the loss of something, perhaps power, job or identity. The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, greed, forgiveness and love, as well as abandonment.

Speakers in this year's talks include Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, who considers what it means to abandon being human; Alexander McCall Smith considers how you can feel abandoned by society as you grow older; the journalist and broadcaster, Benjamin Cohen, reflects on the fear of being abandoned by his own Jewish community, for being gay; Imam Asim Hafiz, Muslim Chaplain and Religious Adviser to HM Forces, who has just returned from Afghanistan, explores the total abandonment experienced by both sides as a result of war and, finally, Canon Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Piccadilly, explores the relationship between abandonment and betrayal.

201305Imam Asim Hafiz2013032020130324In the fifth of this year's Lent Talks, Imam Asim Hafiz, Muslim Chaplain and Religious Adviser to HM Forces, who has just returned from Afghanistan, explores the total abandonment experienced by both sides, as a result of war.

The Lent Talks feature six well-known figures from public life, the arts, human rights and religion, who reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus' ministry and Passion continues to interact with contemporary society and culture. The 2013 Lent Talks consider the theme of ""abandonment"". In the Lenten story, Jesus is the supreme example of this - he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father - God. But how does that theme tie in with today's complex world? There are many ways one can feel abandoned - by family, by society, by war/conflict, but one can also feel abandoned through the loss of something, perhaps power, job or identity. The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, greed, forgiveness and love, as well as abandonment.

Speakers in this year's talks include Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, who considers what it means to abandon being human; Alexander McCall Smith considers how you can feel abandoned by society, as you grow older; Benjamin Cohen, journalist and broadcaster, reflects on the fear of being abandoned by his own Jewish community, for being gay; Loretta Minghella, Director of Christian Aid, considers the abandonment of self and the need to face who we truly are and, finally, Canon Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Piccadilly, explores the relationship between abandonment and betrayal.

The Lent Talks feature six well-known figures from public life, the arts, human rights and religion, who reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus' ministry and Passion continues to interact with contemporary society and culture. The 2013 Lent Talks consider the theme of "abandonment". In the Lenten story, Jesus is the supreme example of this - he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father - God. But how does that theme tie in with today's complex world? There are many ways one can feel abandoned - by family, by society, by war/conflict, but one can also feel abandoned through the loss of something, perhaps power, job or identity. The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, greed, forgiveness and love, as well as abandonment.

Speakers in this year's talks include Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, who considers what it means to abandon being human; Alexander McCall Smith considers how you can feel abandoned by society, as you grow older; Benjamin Cohen, journalist and broadcaster, reflects on the fear of being abandoned by his own Jewish community, for being gay; Loretta Minghella, Director of Christian Aid, considers the abandonment of self and the need to face who we truly are and, finally, Canon Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Piccadilly, explores the relationship between abandonment and betrayal.

201306Lucy Winkett20130327Canon Lucy Winkett, Rector of St. James's, Piccadilly, ends this year's series of Lent Talks, where six well known figures from public life, the arts, human rights and religion, reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus' ministry and Passion continues to interact with contemporary society and culture.

The 2013 Lent Talks consider the theme of ""abandonment"". In the Lenten story, Jesus is the supreme example of this - he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father - God. But how does that theme tie in with today's complex world? There are many ways one can feel abandoned - by family, by society, by war/conflict, but one can also feel abandoned through the loss of something, perhaps power, job or identity.

Speakers in this year's talks have included the leading human rights lawyer, Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, who considered what it means to abandon being human; the author Alexander McCall Smith, who explored the sense of being abandoned by society, as you grow older; Loretta Minghella, Director of Christian Aid, considered the abandonment of self and the need to face who we truly are; Imam Asim Hafiz, Muslim Chaplain and Religious Adviser to HM Forces, who had just returned from Afghanistan, explored the total abandonment experienced by both sides, as a result of war, and Benjamin Cohen, journalist and broadcaster, who reflected on how you can be abandoned by your religion for being gay.

The 2013 Lent Talks consider the theme of "abandonment". In the Lenten story, Jesus is the supreme example of this - he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father - God. But how does that theme tie in with today's complex world? There are many ways one can feel abandoned - by family, by society, by war/conflict, but one can also feel abandoned through the loss of something, perhaps power, job or identity.