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Series 1 - The Trials of Attempting an Elopement
BBC Radio 4

19/06/2011

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Edward Stourton with the religious and ethical news of the week. Moral arguments and perspectives on stories familiar and unfamiliar.

Escalating violence against civilians in Sudan's South Kordofan state is a humanitarian catastrophe in the making; the Archbishop of Canterbury warned this week that it could turn into another Darfur. Edward speaks to Bishop Anthony Pogo of the Southern Sudan about his fears for the region.

Next week the House of Lords start to debate how the re-modelled second chamber will look. But what will its faith make-up be and should the Church of England be the only religion represented? Edward debates with Bishop Tim Stevens, Rabbi Julia Neuberger and Jonathan Bartley.

Edward meets Phillip Pullman who once described himself as a "Church of England Atheist". He will ask him how he turned away from organised religion and about his own spirituality.

Writer Symon Hill is walking from Birmingham to London as a public act of repentance for his youthful homophobia. Trevor Barnes joins him on the first few miles and finds out more about his journey.

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks tells Edward about his new book -"The Great Partnership. God, Science and the Search for Meaning" which explores Judaism's relationship with science.

A BBC1 documentary will investigate the sexual abuse by teachers of the Catholic Rosminian order in two schools in the UK and Africa. Reporter Olenka Frienkel tells Edward how after initially supporting the victims, the head of the order is now ignoring their claims for compensation.

The Treasures of Heaven exhibition opens next week at the British Museum. Kati Whitaker explores the relics on show, including the arm of St George!

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox.

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