Prayer for the Day

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Andrea Rea

Andrea Rea
Andrea Rea is originally from Minneapolis and has lived and worked in Northern Ireland for a number of years. A musician, she plays viola and organ as well as one or two other instruments and has conducted the Belfast Bach Consort, performing one of his cantatas each month. She presents programmes of spiritual and classical music, has written a newspaper column and worked as an archivist.

Canon Noel Battye

Canon Noel Battye
Originally from County Waterford, Noel Battye was ordained in the Church of Ireland in 1966. He was for five years chaplain at Pembroke College, Cambridge and then served as rector of two Belfast parishes, retiring, after 28 years at St Finnian's, Cregagh, in 2008   He is a regular contributor to many BBC religious programmes, and presents BBC Radio Ulster's flagship religious music programme Sounds Sacred 

Rev Dr Bert Tosh

Rev Dr Bert Tosh

Rev Dr Bert Tosh is an Irish Presbyterian minister who served in congregations in Belfast, Donegal and Londonderry before joining the BBC in Northern Ireland as a Religious Broadcasting Producer in 1984. He retired three years ago but continues to do some freelance production and broadcasting

Sister Gemma Simmonds, CJ

Sister Gemma Simmonds, CJ

Gemma Simmonds is a Senior Lecturer in Pastoral and Social Studies and Theology at Heythrop College, University of London and a Sister of the Congregation of Jesus.  After a career in secondary teaching she worked as chaplain in the Universities of Cambridge and London. After her return from study and missionary work among women and street children in Brazil in 1992 she was a chaplaincy volunteer in Holloway Prison until its closure in June 2016.

Gemma is director of the Religious Life Institute at Heythrop and president of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain.  She is currently writing a book on Pope Francis’ ‘Revolution of Tenderness’. 

Rev. Dr. Craig Gardiner

Rev. Dr. Craig Gardiner

Craig Gardiner is originally from Northern Ireland but was ordained in Wales as a Baptist minister in 2003. He is a tutor at South Wales Baptist College, and an Honorary Lecturer in Theology at Cardiff University where he teaches Christian Doctrine, Worship and has a particular interest in Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He is a member of the Iona Community.

Anna Drew

Anna Drew
Anna Drew is the Director of Communications in the Diocese of Canterbury. Prior to that she worked as Lead Media Officer for the Methodist Church in Britain until 2015, specialising in crisis management and safeguarding. She studied Theology and Christian Spirituality with the University of London and more recently gained a diploma in PR. She writes and broadcasts on faith issues and is a trustee of the Sandford St Martin Trust, which awards excellence in religious broadcasting.

His Grace Bishop Angaelos

His Grace Bishop Angaelos
His Grace Bishop Angaelos, is General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, and is widely recognised for his extensive advocacy work. As a result he was conferred with the honour of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty The Queen, for ‘Services to International Religious Freedom’. He has also been conferred with the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Coventry Cross of Nails for Reconciliation. With a pastoral ministry spanning two decades, Bishop Angaelos also specialises in youth ministry and travels extensively around the world to speak at youth conferences and conventions.

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Jonathan Wittenberg is rabbi of the New North London Synagogue and Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism UK. An author and popular speaker, he talks on issues of faith, interfaith, pastoral care and ethical concern in the UK and internationally.

George Craig

George Craig
George Craig has been a Methodist Local Preacher since 1985.  He has a degree in Politics from Nottingham University and spent 37 years as a civil servant in London and Cardiff, latterly as Senior Director, Social Affairs for the Welsh Assembly Government.  He has spent his retirement trying to entertain his grandchildren, learning to play the mandolin and writing a book to help Christians survive Churches.

Andrew Graystone

Andrew Graystone
Andrew Graystone is a writer and researcher based in Manchester.  He is currently studying for a doctorate at Durham University, looking at the way that digital culture is changing our understanding of what it means to be a human being.  Andrew is a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Longsight, Manchester and chair of The Charnwood Trust, an educational charity based in the North West.

The Very Reverend John Chalmers

The Very Reverend John Chalmers

The Very Rev John Chalmers is Principal Clerk to the Church of Scotland's General Assembly; in 2014–2015 he served as Moderator. He was a Minister in West Dunbartonshire, and from 1986 to 1995 in the West End of Edinburgh. Before taking up the position of Principal Clerk in 2011 John served as Depute Secretary to the Board of Ministry and as the Church’s Senior Pastoral Adviser.


Rev. Dr. Stephen Wigley

Rev. Dr. Stephen Wigley
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Wigley is a Methodist minister and has been Chair of the Wales Synod of the Methodist Church since 2007, having studied at Oxford and Birmingham and then served in churches in Swansea, Aberystwyth and Cardiff. His interests are in historical and ecumenical theology and he has written books on Karl Barth and Hans Urs von Balthasar. 

Rania Hafez

Rania Hafez

Rania Hafez is Senior Lecturer in Education & Community Studies at the University of Greenwich and Fellow of the Muslim Institute. Rania has researched and published on professionalism, cultural identity, and Islam and education. Her current research is on the intersectionality of British Muslim Identity. In 2008 Rania founded ‘Muslim Women in Education’ a professional network for educationalists and researchers. In addition to her academic work Rania is a regular political and cultural commentator whose media credits include the BBC, Levant TV, and the Islam Channel.

Latest publication ‘Faith in the Academy’ in Hudson, C. & Williams, J. (eds) (forthcoming) Why Academic Freedom Matters, Civitas

The Reverend Dr Kirsty Thorpe

The Reverend Dr Kirsty Thorpe
Kirsty Thorpe is a United Reformed Church minister, living and working in Wilmslow, Cheshire. After studying history at Oxford she worked first as a journalist, before training for ministry in Cardiff and London. She has a special interest in women’s church history.

Sarah Joseph

Sarah Joseph

Sarah Joseph is Editor & CEO of emel media.. A powerful and popular public speaker, she has lectured on Islam globally for over 20 years. arah was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2004 for her services to interfaith dialogue and the promotion of women’s rights. She is listed as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown University and the Royal Jordanian Strategic Studies Centre.


Sarah’s Facebook page, which has a large global following, declares her passion “to get people to recognise their shared humanity, and our common responsibility to this Earth.”

The Reverend Clair Jaquiss

The Reverend Clair Jaquiss

Clair Jaquiss worked for the BBC in radio from 1984.  She has produced programmes across BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 and regularly presents the Daily Service and Prayer for the Day. 

She was ordained deacon in Chester Diocese in July 2008 and  has a degree in Theology from Cambridge.  She serves as assistant priest in the parish of All Saints with Ringway. 

Fr Eugene O'Neill

Fr Eugene O'Neill

Fr Eugene O’Neill was educated at St Andrews, Queens University Belfast and St Patrick’s College Maynooth.

Ordained in 1997 he has served in parishes in Ballymena, Belfast and Newtownabbey.

At present he is parish priest of Killyleagh on the shores of Strangford Lough.

Canon Patrick Thomas

Canon Patrick Thomas
Dr Patrick Thomas is Vicar of Christ Church, Carmarthen, and Canon Chancellor of St Davids Cathedral. A graduate of Cambridge, Leeds and the University of Wales, he is the author of several books in English and Welsh and an honorary member of the Gorsedd of Bards. He serves on the Anglican Oriental Orthodox International Commission.

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra serves as a scholar and imam in Leicester.  He is a member of the World faiths Advisory Group at the University of Leicester and is the Muslim chaplain to Canary Wharf in London.  He was elected to The Muslim Council of Britain in 2002. 

Shaykh Mogra has been trained in classical theology and the traditional sciences of Islam. He holds religious credentials from Dar al-`Ulum, Holcombe, U.K. as well as advanced theological qualifications from the Al-Azhar University in Cairo.

As a local community activist in Leicester and a national leader in the MCB, Shaykh Mogra has been at the forefront in deepening inter faith and community relations in the UK and around the world.  He has been an advisor on Islamic affairs to a range of UK government departments, ministries and agencies. And has also advised the Dutch and Australian governments on the training of imams and Muslim faith leaders.

The Rev Dr Alison Jack

The Rev Dr Alison Jack

Alison Jack is a senior lecturer in Bible and Literature at the School of Divinity in the University of Edinburgh.

Her research interests are focused on the Bible in Scottish literature, and on the parable of the Prodigal Son in literary texts.

Alison has worked in parish ministry in Edinburgh, Stirling and the Carse of Gowrie and she is keen to promote the training of ministers and lay people, especially in the leading of worship.

The Rev Kate Bottley

The Rev Kate Bottley
Originally from Sheffield, the Reverend Kate Bottley is a priest in North Nottinghamshire. Ordained in 2008, she is passionate about bringing stories of faith and belief to the widest audience possible. In 2012 Kate did a dance as part of a wedding flashmob which subsequently went viral, with over 7 million hits on YouTube; it was this that led to her being approached by Channel 4’s BAFTA- and National Television Award-winning series show Gogglebox.  
In March 2016 Kate presented BBC One’s flagship Easter documentary ‘In the Footsteps of Judas’. She is also a frequent contributor to the ‘Pause for Thought’ feature on Chris Evans’ Radio 2 Breakfast Show and BBC One’s Songs of Praise and has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent and Radio Times.

Canon Jenny Wigley

Canon Jenny Wigley
Canon Jenny Wigley is Rector of Radyr in the diocese of Llandaff.  She studied Theology at Bristol and Birmingham before training as a teacher. All Jenny’s ministry has been in the Church in Wales. She has worked as a University Chaplain and in theological education, and served in parishes in Llangollen, Swansea, Aberystwyth and Cardiff.

The Rev Tim Hughes

The Rev Tim Hughes
Tim Hughes is the Priest-in-charge of a new church in the centre of Birmingham, called St. Luke’s, Gas Street. A songwriter and musician, Tim has written many songs that are sung around the world in churches today. He has recorded a number of albums, the latest being ‘Pocketful of Faith.’ He is also the pioneer of Worship Central, a movement to train and equip musicians and songwriters through courses and events. The Worship Central Course is currently run in 110 different nations.

Gopinder Kaur Sagoo

Gopinder Kaur Sagoo
Gopinder Kaur Sagoo is a British Sikh.  Raised in London, she now makes her home in Birmingham. She recently completed her doctoral studies in Education and participates in the ongoing development of faith-inspired civic engagement and education initiatives fostered by the Nishkam Civic Association and associated Nishkam School Trust.

Claire Campbell Smith

Claire Campbell Smith
Claire Campbell Smith worked for many years as a Producer and Director for the BBC’s Religion & Ethics and Classical Music departments.  She now teaches Academic Music at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.

Bishop Libby Lane

Bishop Libby Lane
The Rt Revd Libby Lane became the Church of England’s first woman bishop in January 2015. She serves as the Bishop of Stockport in the Diocese of Chester.
In the Diocese of Chester Bishop Libby currently serves as Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education, and as Chair of the Foxhill Retreat Centre. Bishop Libby is Vice-Chair of The Children’s Society and the Chair of Cranmer Hall Committee of St John’s College Durham, as well as serving the national Church on various committees.

Stephen Cherry

Stephen Cherry

Stephen Cherry is Dean of Chapel at King’s College, Cambridge; he is also a Fellow and the Director of Studies in Theology, Religion and The Philosophy of Religion.  He was previously Director of Ministry for the Diocese of Durham and a Canon Residentiary of Durham Cathedral and before that Rector of All Saints with Holy Trinity, Loughborough.

Stephen is the author of eight books of which Barefoot Disciple was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book in 2011, Healing Agony: Reimagining Forgiveness was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize and the most recently published is The Dark Side of the Soul: An Insider’s Guide to the Web of Sin (Bloomsbury 2016).  Stephen’s next book is coming out in January, and is called God-Curious: Exploring Eternal Questions (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) .

Rev Dr Karen Smith

Rev Dr Karen Smith
Karen Smith is Tutor in Church History and Christian Spirituality at South Wales Baptist College and Honorary Lecturer in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, at Cardiff University. She is also the pastor of Orchard Place Baptist Church In Neath.

Leslie Griffiths

Leslie Griffiths
"I was born in Burry Port, Carmarthenshire and educated in the Copperworks Infants School, the Burry Port County Primary School and the Llanelli Grammar School for Boys.  Then I gained my BA (Wales), MA (Cambridge) and PhD (London).  I was ordained to the Methodist ministry in Haiti in January 1973. I have served in the following circuits: Cambridge, Petit Goave, Port-au-Prince, Reading, Cap Haitien, Wanstead and Woodford, The West London Mission, Finchley and Hendon, Wesley’s Chapel. I was President of the Methodist Conference in 1994-1995. I am President of the UK Boys’ Brigade and Chairman of the Trustees of the Central Foundation Schools of London. I received a Life Peerage (Lord Griffiths of Pembrey and Burry Port) in 2004."

Tony Macaulay

Tony Macaulay
Tony Macaulay is a Northern Irish author, leadership consultant, peace-builder and, broadcaster. He has spent the past 30 years working to build peace and reconciliation at home and abroad, working with hundreds of youth and community groups to break down barriers of mistrust, hatred and division. He was written a trilogy of memoirs of growing up in Belfast during the Troubles.

Terry Waite CBE

Terry Waite CBE

For most of his life Terry Waite has worked in the area of international affairs and had worked in most of the worlds conflict zones.  As a young man whilst living in Uganda he negotiated directly with the late General Amin for the release of hostages and as a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s private staff was successful in aiding the freeing of hostages in Iran, Libya and Beirut. It was in Beirut that he was captured and spent almost five years in solitary confinement.  In the apartheid years he worked closely with Bishop Desmond Tutu and has continued his work for the disadvantaged in South Africa. He was a joint founder of Y-Care, an agency working for the development of young people throughout the world. He is Lifelong Patron of Emmaus for the homeless and a joint founder of Hostage UK shortly to become Hostage International.  He has written several books ranging from a serious account of his years in captivity to his latest book, a comic novel, The Voyage of the Golden Handshake.  He believes that it is vital that we retain our humour in the face of some of the grim realities of life and that laughter is therapeutic for all of us.  He is both an Anglican and a Member of the Society of Friends.

Photograph credit: Gemma Levine

Rev Mary Stallard

Rev Mary Stallard

Mary Stallard is a priest in the Church in Wales  and currently works with young people. Mary is co-director of The St Giles' Centre for Religious Education and Faith Development in Wrexham. She also enjoys being Anglican Chaplain at St Joseph's Catholic and Anglican High School, the first shared faith high school in Wales.

Marie-Elsa Bragg

Marie-Elsa Bragg

Marie-Elsa Bragg is half French, half Cumbrian and was brought up in London. She is a Priest in the diocese of London, an Ignatian spiritual director, a therapist and a Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey. She is also an author and her debut novel is called 'Towards Mellbreak.'

Alison Murdoch

Alison Murdoch

Alison Murdoch is a Tibetan Buddhist writer who lives in Somerset. She is the former director of Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London and co-author of the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life programme and app. 

Canon Dr Sarah Rowland Jones

Canon Dr Sarah Rowland Jones
Sarah was a British Diplomat before ordination in the Church in Wales in 1999, and curacy in Wrexham. She subsequently worked as Research Advisor to Archbishops of Cape Town. She returned to Wales in 2013 to become priest-in-charge of Cardiff city centre’s historic civic church of St John the Baptist. This has enabled her to pursue her interests in spirituality and public theology.