06/02/2011

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Edward Stourton with the religious and ethical news of the week. Moral arguments and perspectives on stories, familiar and unfamiliar.
This week Edward speaks to the Anglican Bishop of Egypt to gauge the latest feeling in Cairo and to ask him how he views Egypt's future.
As the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St. John's Wood London celebrates its Centenary, Trevor Barnes takes a closer look at where it sits today amongst the wider Jewish community.
The life of Joseph Grimaldi, described as one of Britain's greatest clowns, is celebrated this weekend in an annual memorial service in London. Church Jester Roly Baines explains to Edward the significance of clowns in the early Church.
The Big Society took a blow his week when Liverpool, one of the 'Vanguard' cities, said it "can no longer support the initiative". We assess the churches role in the project which is so close to David Cameron's heart.
Edward has just come back from Istanbul to look at its cosmopolitan religious culture for a Radio 4 documentary. We'll hear whether its diversity is now under threat, caught up in the tension between secular and religious visions for the state.
And in response to David Cameron's speech on multiculturalism Edward Stourton spoke to Humza Yusaf Community Activist, Father Phil Sumner, RC priest in Oldham and Robin Simcox, Research Fellow at Centre the Centre for Social Cohesion.

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Series producer: Amanda Hancox.

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