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21
JUL

Forest Church

There’s a palpable sense of urgency around environmental issues in public dialogue, often reflected by a desire to live in closer sympathy with nature: many religious traditions find inspiration and resources for this in their scriptures and prayers relating to creation.

In 2012, the Forest Church movement was founded in Wales. It's now become a worldwide phenomenon, and is a leading part of a growing movement exploring green expressions of the Christian faith.

In this programme, Mary Stallard visits a Forest Church training retreat held at Cae Mabon in Snowdonia, and hears from Bruce Stanley, co-founder of the Forest Church movement; and Maria Nita, an academic who's been studying Green Christianity for many years.
07
JUL

John Bell

Ahead of a visit to Cardiff next weekend where he’s leading workshops at the Llandaff and Monmouth Festival of Prayer, Roy Jenkins meets member of the Iona Community, the Rev John Bell.

A prolific writer, preacher and broadcaster who’s passionate about social justice and not afraid to say what he thinks, he has often been described as a ‘John the Baptist’ like figure. He’s spent a lifetime devoted to the ministry of music in particular, working to “renew congregational worship” in the church at “the grass roots” – and to that end he’s produced an ever-growing list of hymns which have been taken up around the world, many of them with a distinctly Scottish melodic flavour.

Roy Jenkins talks to him about his life, work , and passions.
09
JUN

Ramadan at Bangor Mosque: a portrait of a community

Bangor Mosque is the oldest contemporary mosque in North Wales, with a large and diverse group of worshippers drawn from more than 25 nations. What motivates them during the month of Ramadan, and what are the challenges of being an observant Muslim in this part of North Wales? In this programme, Mary Stallard spends time during this important religious season getting to know some of the members of the mosque community, over 400 of whom were present at the Eid celebrations.

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