Bikram Yoga Film; Eco Mosque and Megan Phelps-Roper
Megan Phelps-Roper’s grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. The church is notorious for its preaching against gay people, Jews, Muslims and for picketing the funerals of American soldiers and the American Holocaust museum. Megan has now changed her views and her life. She tells us what made her preach hate and what led to her eventual transformation.
A new Netflix documentary charts the rise and fall of one of the worlds foremost Yoga “Gurus’” Bikram Choudhury. The film first traces how Choudhury built his “Bikram” empire of hot yoga studios, training celebrities and amassing devotees. However Bikram has been accused by some followers of sexual assault and his empire appears to be unraveling. Journalist Julia Henderson, a former Bikram devotee herself, uncovered some of the allegations against him and speaks to Edward about what she found.
A couple who were rejected by their local adoption service because of their Indian heritage have won their legal discrimination battle. Sandeep and Reena Mander sued The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council after they were turned away from Adopt Berkshire three years ago. We hear their reaction to decision
And Professor Keith Brown, Director of The National Center for Post-Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice speaks to us about his new report on how Christian organisations can be better prepared when working with the vulnerable people in need of care.
First Sunday in Advent; Climate Change; Faith and Policing
In the aftermath of the attack on London Bridge Southwark Cathedral will have clergy available to listen and talk. Emily asks the Dean of Southwark Cathedral, Andrew Nunn, what the response has been from the community. The dean will also talk about how they will navigate through the weeks building up to Christmas as its the first Sunday in advent and what the plans are.
Ahead of UN climate conference COP25 which starts in Madrid next week, Neil Thorns, Director of Advocacy & Communications at Catholic relief agency CAFOD and Chair of The Climate Coalition, talks about hopes and aspirations for the meeting and how the Catholic Church is about to embark on a major push on the environment.
Police Constable Marie Reavey, Chair of the Christian Police Association, talks about a new resource to help faith based organisations partner with the police to help tackle social problems such as homelessness, isolation and addiction.
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Rose Hudson-Wilkin; Anti-Semitism and Non-Religious Assemblies
This week the Rt Rev Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin became the first black woman to be consecrated a bishop in the Church of England. The former chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons joins Emily Buchannan.
A new report released by the Church of England paints a damning picture of the Church's record on anti-Semitism. The report urges Christians to not only be repentant for the “sins of the past” against Jews, but also to challenge active attitudes and stereotypes. We hear from the Bishop of Coventry, Dr Christopher Cocksworth and Dayan Ivan Binstock, Senior Rabbi at St John's Wood Synagogue.
As the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong continue, theologian Dr Krish Kandiah has been speaking to Joshua Wong, the secretary-general of pro-democracy party Demosisto about his faith and the tactics of the protest movement.
A row has broken out after some members of Churches Together England blocked a Quaker who is in a same sex marriage from becoming a president of the organisation. Emily speaks to Quaker Hannah Brock Womack and the Revd Dr Paul Goodliffe from CTE.
Church Loan Scandal, Religious Vote, Ebola Bishop
A London Church is under investigation for alleged fraud and financial irregularities after church goers claimed they were persuaded to take out large loans. The Sunday programme reports on claims and puts the claims to a representative of the church.
Sima Kotecha reports on how religious voting "banks" could influence this year’s general election.
And we hear from the Bishop of Hertford, Michael Beasley, a former epidemiologist at Imperial College London, who has been to the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the world's second largest Ebola outbreak continues. He's joined by the United Nations Ebola Emergency Response Coordinator, David Gressly, to talk about the key role Churches are playing in the fight against the disease.
Remembrance Sunday, The President's Pastor, Cardinal Nichols
Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, Paul Mason, the Roman Catholic Bishop for the Armed Forces met his Argentinian counterpart in Rome to return a statue of Our Lady of Lujan. The statue was left behind at the end of the Falklands War and brought back to Britain. In the exchange attended by Pope Francis, the Argentinians presented a replica for the military cathedral in Aldershot.
She's been called the 'Trump Whisperer' because of her closeness to the American president. This week the Pentecostal preacher Paula White was named as Advisor to the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative. A well known televangelist - Paula White's new role is seen as a sign that President Trump is keen to keep the support of religious conservative voters. So who is Paula White and how has she forged this preacher - president relationship?
This week Cardinal Nichols the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales was called to give evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. We report on his appearance and hear exclusively from one of the abuse survivors who was referred to in the hearing.