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Cathy MacDonald Cathy MacDonald | 13:50 UK time, Saturday, 16 June 2012

I'm joined this week, on Sunday Morning, by a man who wears many hats. Greg Garret is one of America's leading voices on religion and culture but he is also a writer, professor, preacher and retreat leader. We'll have no shortage of conversation but the main part of our discussion is centered on his Baptist upbringing, his struggle with depression and how becoming part of a new, life-affirming faith community, helped him to thrive.

The Congregation of St George's Tron Church in Glasgow has become the first to split from the Church of Scotland over the gay clergy row. Rev John Chalmers, principal clerk of the General Assembly tells us what this means for Kirk.

It's Scottish Refugee week and I will be hearing the incredible story of a Syrian refugee who managed to escape the horror and violence of his homeland to make a new life in Glasgow.
Turkish musician and scholar, Latif Bolat discusses Sufism and performs a song in the studio, on his traditional Turkish stringed instrument, the baglama.

Psychology and psychiatry expert, Simon Baron-Cohen puts the subject of empathy under the microscope and challenges us to consider replacing the concept of "evil" with what he calls "empathy erosion"

And Anne Ellis continues her series on places and objects of spiritual significance. This week she visits St Simons Church in Partick, Glasgow, and discovers a connection with Polish soldiers during the Second World War.

There's more from the Listening Project plus the usual excellent selection of music, so listen in between 7am-9pm this Sunday Morning With Cathy Macdonald.

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