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20220508A look at the ethical and religious issues of the week
20220515A look at the ethical and religious issues of the week
French Election; Ukrainian Refugees; Abuse Within The Church20220424Today voters in France go to the polls in the final round of the country's presidential election. The incumbent Emmanuel Macron is being challenged by Marine Le Pen. As in previous elections, immigration and religion have been among the campaign issues. We consider how important public attitudes to Islam have been in the campaign and how the candidates have negotiated the issue.

After many weeks of war in Ukraine and people flooding over the borders into neighbouring European countries, Ukrainian refugees are now arriving in the UK. We hear from a trainee Anglican cleric about how her faith inspired her to provide a home to a young man who fled from Ukraine. She has hosted refugees before and finds it really rewarding. For her, opening her home to a stranger is an expression of her Christian faith.

It's 18 months since the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) published its highly critical investigation into the Church of England. It described the church as a place where abusers could hide and described an environment in which alleged perpetrators received more support than victims. Now, Andrew Graystone, an advocate for survivors of abuse, has written an essay in which he suggests the church is still failing survivors of abuse. We hear his views and a response from Bishop Julie Conalty, who has recently been appointed as the deputy lead Bishop on safeguarding issues.

Presenter: EDWARD STOURTON

Producers: Jonathan Hallewell and Julia Paul.

A look at the ethical and religious issues of the week, with EDWARD STOURTON.

Sikh Scripture Rescue, Patriarch Kirill Profile, Muslim Footballers During Ramadan20220410Following last week’s dramatic tale of how some sacred Sikh scriptures were rescued from a gurdwara in Ukraine, EMILY BUCHANAN went to see them in their new home at the National Sikh Museum in Derby.

Patriarch Kirill is the head of the Russian Orthodox Church who is backing President Putin and supporting the war in Ukraine. He reportedly has historic KGB links and a liking for expensive watches, but what do we really know about him?

There are an estimated 180 Muslim footballers in the Premier League. How are football clubs catering for Muslim players who are fasting during the month of Ramadan?

Presenter: EMILY BUCHANAN

Producers: Dan Tierney and Julia Paul

Editor: Helen Grady.

A look at the ethical and religious issues of the week

The Psalm 23 Garden; Ukrainian Singer Jamala; The Archbishop Of York20220417The Psalm 23 Garden made its debut at last year’s Chelsea Flower Show, developed by the landscape designer Sarah Eberle in collaboration with the Bible Society. The multi-award winning garden has moved to its permanent home at the Winchester Hospice. Hazel Southam, from the Bible Society, and Maddy Thomson, consultant nurse palliative care at the Winchester Hospice, talk about what the garden has to offer to those facing the end of their lives and their families.

WILLIAM CRAWLEY speaks with Susana Alimivna Jamaladinova, known as Jamala, a Ukrainian composer and singer who won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with her song 1944, about the forced exile of the Crimean Tartar Muslims in 1944, and whose father was a Crimean Tartar Muslim. Jamala is now in exile with her two children in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell shares his message for Easter that Christ’s resurrection shows us that death and suffering, hatred and oppression never have the final word. Love triumphs.

Photo credit: Bible Society/Alex Baker.

Produced by Carmel Lonergan and Jill Collins.

Editor - Tim Pemberton

WILLIAM CRAWLEY looks at the ethical and religious issues of the week

A look at the ethical and religious issues of the week