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Jean Vanier - L’Arche

The death was recently announced of Jean Vanier, the founder of the worldwide network of L’Arche communities, where people with learning disabilities, and those without, live and work together.

In 1995 Jean Vanier, a devout Roman Catholic, visited the Brecon community and spoke to Roy Jenkins. Roy recalls “I’ve never forgotten the half-hour in which he outlined his vision”. So to mark the death of this inspirational man, there is another chance to hear an edition of All Things Considered which was first broadcast in 1995.

Mental Health and Body Image

Most young people are unhappy with how they look at some stage of growing up, but it’s reckoned that a third of adults are so stressed by their body image and appearance that they feel unable to cope.

Meanwhile, the number of people living with obesity has trebled worldwide in the past 30 years, and fresh studies regularly underline the significant risk it carries of disease and early death. On the eve of Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year is taking the theme of body image, Roy Jenkins and guests explore this concern, and also ask in what way religious faith can influence how we think and feel about our bodies as part of our wider mental health.


The Extinction Rebellion climate change actions this Easter saw more than a thousand people arrested in central London. But protest is rarely out of the news, with recent marches for and against Brexit; and local demonstrations such as those against the closure of a school, a maternity unit or a leisure centre; as well as continuing efforts to protect the Welsh language.

Wales has a long history of protest: Chartists, suffragettes, peace and civil rights campaigners of every kind have taken to the streets and sometimes made huge sacrifices for causes they’ve held dear.

But how effective is it? What are the risks? And what is the particular responsibility of people with a religious faith?

Joining Roy to discuss this are: Rachie Ross, self-described eco-theologian and spokesperson for Christian Climate Action who’s been highly involved in the Extinction Rebellion London protests; Menna Machreth, former chair of Cymdeithan yr Iaith Gymraeg, the Welsh Language Society, and currently mission coordinator for the Baptist Union of Wales; Clive Wolfendale, Former Deputy Chief constable of North Wales Police, now chief executive officer of CAIS, which aims to empower change for people struggling with a range of social challenges; and Aled Eirug, a former head of news and current affairs at BBC Wales, author of a recent book about conscientious objectors.

Dr. Rowan Williams - Recovering Archbishop

On Easter Day we’re joined by the theologian, poet and campaigner for social justice who’s recognised as one of Britain’s leading intellectuals. The Most Rev Dr. Rowan Williams, is a former Archbishop of Wales, and was the first Welshman in at least a thousand years to become Archbishop of Canterbury. He stepped down in 2012 after an often controversial ten years leading not just the Church of England but also the rest of the world’s 77 million Anglicans. He was both loved and lampooned. Back in academia where as a brilliant young scholar he’d filled some prestigious Oxbridge posts, he’s currently Master of Magdalen College Cambridge. He’s also Chair of Christian Aid, the churches’ ecumenical relief and development agency. Baron Williams of Oystermouth was born in Swansea, frequently returns to Wales (often to support work among the most marginalised people), and has said he’s happiest when he’s on holiday with his family on the Pembrokeshire coast.
In conversation with Roy Jenkins he talks about his time as Archbishop of Canterbury, the challenges facing Christian Aid, and the humanity he wants to see nurtured across the country.

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