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05
JUL

Statues, the church, and the legacy of colonialism

The shocking killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis this May sparked off a global wave of support for movements celebrating black lives and seeking to address racial injustice. It has led to soul-searching in this country too, questioning how far our own society is tainted by a legacy of racism. This has been expressed very visibly through protests targeting and sometimes toppling statues of and monuments to figures seen to be associated with the UK’s colonial history – a history with which the church itself has a complicated relationship.

But removing or defacing public art is a significant symbolic step which can be highly controversial, and assessing our relationship with the past and the role churches have played is not a straightforward task.

Joining Rosa to discuss the issues are: Patrick Thomas, Church in Wales vicar in Carmarthen, where there’s a current debate about how to respond to a monument to Sir Thomas Picton; Chine McDonald, a black London-based writer and broadcaster who speaks about faith, race and gender; Lester Freckleton, pastor of Vine Community Church and chair of a black church leaders group in Cardiff as well as a learning and development consultant dealing with issues around diversity and equality; and Wanda Zyborska, artist from Bangor who has been making an annual sculptural protest about a statue of Sir Henry Morton Stanley since it was erected in 2011.
28
JUN

Faith and Farming

The Corona virus emergency caused a crisis in our food chain; panic buying left gaps on supermarket shelves, and the closure of the hospitality industry left some farmers with no option but to pour their milk away. Mary Stallard speaks to farmers in Wales who were affected by the crisis. She explores how faith can be a resource in times of great uncertainty, and we hear how a network of farming chaplaincies in Wales are offering support to their community.
21
JUN

Churches and Social Action during Covid-19

Roy Jenkins looks at the work of some churches in addressing social issues that have become starkly prominent during the Covid emergency. From foodbanks to debt counselling, churches are increasingly undertaking work once considered the domain of the welfare state. But with rising demand for food aid, and the fear of a major financial as well as health crisis, it is likely that many of these initiatives will continue for some time to come.

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