Hong Kong Protests, BK Shivani, Catholicism and Transgender
Hindu spiritual leader BK Shivani described as “the very modern face of India's ancient Raja Yoga” this week she arrives in the UK to start a European Tour. Raja Yoga is known as the ‘yoga of the mind’ and BK Shivani’s has a vast following of almost 4 million on social media. She's expected to fill venues across the UK. Edward Stourton has been speaking to her ahead of her visit. Also in the programme how religious groups in Hong Kong have been at the forefront of protests and are science and religion really in conflict with one another? Nick Spencer speaks to Edward about his upcoming three part Radio 4 series exploring the relationship between the two.
Producers: Rajeev Gupta
Editor: Amanda Hancox
Gangland funerals; Jewish women's abuse helpline; Grenfell two years on.
Two years after Grenfell we hear about the role that faith plays in the lives of those still fighting for justice and overcoming the trauma of the worst UK residential fire since the Second World War. We hear why the Archbishop of Dublin has called for an end to gangland-style funerals and why some fear his statement could put local priests at risk. And as a new helpline for Jewish women suffering sexual abuse is launched, we hear from the head of Jewish Women's Aid about the cultural and religious reasons why Jewish women take over 11 years to seek help.
For more information about the helpline please find the link at the bottom of the programme page.
Producers: Catherine Earlam
Editor: Amanda Hancox
Cricket in Afghanistan; Military Chaplains; Grenfell legacy
As the Cricket World Cup gets underway, Sarah Fane, founder and director of Afghan Connection a charity working to improve the lives of young Afghani's through cricket tells William about the extraordinary story of the rise of Afghanistan as a cricketing force.
Commemorations are taking place for the 75th anniversary of D-Day on 6th June 2019. Of the countless sacrifices made on that day some of the lesser known stories were those of the military chaplains. Sarah Meyrick has researched the role of the military chaplains for her recently published book, The Restless Wave, and tells William some of their stories.
Ahead of the second anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, the Bishop of Kensington Graham Tomlin talks about his report on the legacy of the tragedy and the social issues it continues to raise.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published a research report on child sexual abuse in religious institutions, based on accounts shared by survivors at its Truth Project. We hear from survivor Angharad Woolcott and Ann-Marie Field, Chief Operating Officer at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
Photo Credit: Afghan Connection.
Virtual Reality baptisms; Asia Bibi's lawyer
Asia Bibi's lawyer, Saif-ul Malook, was named Secularist of the Year this week by the National Secular Society. This week he returns to Pakistan after forfeiting his asylum in the Netherlands in order to fight another blasphemy case. He tells us why.
Diarmaid MacCulloch joins us to explain why is he so concerned at a British Academy report this week warning that Theology and Religions courses are at risk of "disappearing" from universities.
And a US pastor baptising people in the online world of virtual reality explains why the idea could catch on.
Queen Emma's Bones; Ruth Hunt; Islamophobia
In her day, Queen Emma was a powerful political figure who married two successive Kings of England and was the mother of Edward the Confessor. Experts believe that they have found her bones in a mortuary chest at Winchester Cathedral. Replicas of those bones now form the centrepiece of a new exhibition exploring the relationship between monarchy, power and the church. Trevor Barnes has been to investigate.
Panorama presenter Jane Corbin discusses the suspension of The Bishop of Lincoln.
Two years after the Manchester Arena bomb took the lives of 22 people, David Walker - the Bishop of Manchester – talks about healing and remembrance in the city.
BBC White House correspondent Tara McKelvey discusses controversial new anti-abortion legislation in the US.
It is Stonewall’s 30th Birthday on 24th May. Its CEO Ruth Hunt talks about her faith and how the organisation is working towards greater inclusion for LGBT people in all religions.
The government’s rejection of a definition for ‘islamophobia’ this week prompted widespread criticism from the British Muslim community. But not all Muslims agree that the definition is a good idea. The journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Labour shadow immigration minister Afzal Khan discuss.