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Community House

50 years ago a Presbyterian Church in Maindee, Newport, embarked on a bold experiment to engage with the surrounding community. Nowadays, it finds itself in one of the most diverse districts of Wales. Roy Jenkins meets some of the church's few remaining members, and finds out about their enormous range of initiatives to bring the multi-faith community together, realising the vision of the late Cyril Summers.

Transgender Christians

Male and female he created them - so says the first chapter of the Bible, but what if you feel you have been born into the wrong body? Roy Jenkins explores the issue of transgender and Christianity through the eyes of the Church in Wales' first ever transgender priest, Sarah Jones, and to 'Carol', the Baptist mother of a child, 'Jackson', who is transitioning from female to male.

Padraig O’Tuama – Poetry at the Heart of Everything

Earlier this year, poet and theologian Padraig O’Tuama completed a five-year term as leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation. People visit from around the world to learn some of the lessons forged in the bitterness of the Northern Irish conflict.

In this edition of All Things Considered, he speaks to Roy Jenkins about religion, conflict and the importance of poetry

His poetry has been described by one reviewer as ‘lyrical, soulful, often achingly honest...highly recommended for spiritual travellers in need of a tonic.’ But that tonic can have quite a kick to it. Another writer finds it comforting - wonderful even - but warns readers to be prepared to be confronted and challenged as well.

Padraig O’Tuama will be speaking at the Gladfest event at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, in Flintshire on September 6th.

Quiet Gardens

The Quiet Garden movement was founded by Philip Roderick just over 25 years ago. The idea grew from his experiences as a Christian pilgrim in Wales, and now includes hundreds of gardens across the world. Quiet Gardens spring up wherever individuals, organisations, or communities feel inspired to join the movement by opening their garden to all for reflection, rest, and inspiration.
In this programme, first broadcast in June 2018, Mary Stallard finds out about three very different Quiet Gardens here in Wales, and their healing impact.

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