All Things Considered

BBC  |  Podcast , ±27 min episodes every 3 weeks, 3 days  | 
Award-winning series exploring religious, spiritual and moral issues. All Things Considered adopts a variety of formats, from documentary to interview and discussion, but is always revealing. The programme is broadcast weekly on BBC Radio Wales on Sundays 0831 - 0859 and Wednesdays 1832 - 1900.

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Churches in Lockdown

Since emergence of Coronavirus, churches have had to rapidly acquire new technological skills, and to ramp up their mission to serve the wider community. Roy Jenkins looks at a few of the ways in which churches in Wales have had to respond to the emergency, at a time when church buildings are closed. In Newport the Warehouse Church has continued to stream services online, and further developed its foodbank. In Newtown, churches and members of other organisations are helping to serve hot roast dinners to people in the area, whilst in Wrexham one church community have even tackled the issue of supplying PPE to care homes and the NHS - by using 3D printers! Despite the crisis, churches are reporting greater interest in their work than ever before. As the Rector of Newtown says in the programme, 'My mission has never been so fruitful'.


Mary Stallard explores silence, asking what those who embrace it are looking for and whether we have enough of it in our lives.

This programme was first broadcast in October 2017.

Painter Karel Lek

On All Things Considered this week we mark the life and work of the celebrated North Wales artist Karel Lek, who has died aged 90.

As a child, Karel Lek fled Belgium with his Jewish family early in the second world war. He eventually made his home in Beaumaris on Anglesey, and in a career spanning more than fifty years, his work was to become known around the world.

He dedicated himself to capturing the people and landscape of this corner of Wales, but on occasions, he turned his attention to religious themes. His stark depictions of the crucifixion offended some, though many found them inspirational.

In 2009 for All Things Considered Peter Baker visited him in Beaumaris and heard some fascinating reflections on the artist’s life, and his death offers an appropriate opportunity to hear their conversation again.

Martyn Joseph

Roy Jenkins' guest today is the Welsh singer songwriter Martyn Joseph, who’s been described as ‘one of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today… tough and passionate.’ Another commentator says his songs are ‘intelligent and enlightened…both energising and provocative’.

Martyn has recorded 33 albums over the past 30 years, has just finished a UK tour, and is about to be reunited with some of his many fans in the United States. His music takes him not only to big arenas, but also to social action projects in vulnerable communities across the world. It mixes protest with quiet reflection, questioning, and an evolving relationship with the Christian faith.

In this programme Martyn talks to Roy about faith, life and music; and performs "Here Come The Young" live in studio.

4 episodes