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1 hour, 45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 25 November 2012

William Crawley and his guests debate the week's religious and ethical news and explore the world of culture and ideas. Including Appeal on behalf of Action Cancer, News.


    The Church of England Synod's decision to reject the introduction of women bishops has caused much controversy this week. But what does that decision tell us about the role of women not just in churches but in society as a whole? Dr Lorna Stephens from the University of Ulster and Susie Leafe a lay member of the General Synod discussed the issue.


    This weekend the Aftermath project was launched, aiming to identify and engage with those impacted by violence across the South Armagh area. William spoke to former IRA hunger striker Dr Laurence McKeown, co-ordinator of the project, and former RUC and PSNI District Commander Roger McCollum, who works in Healing Through Remembering.


    Near death experiences - a glimpse into the afterlife, or as many in the medical profession would claim simply visions created by the random firing of the brain's neurons as it is starved of oxygen? What if you are a neurosurgeon, and you have a near-death experience? That's what happened to Dr. Eben Alexander, who slipped into a coma in 2008 and was, in his expert opinion, brain dead. He talked about his book 'Proof Of Heaven', published by Little Brown books.


    What do you do when your five year old son says 'God made a mistake, I should have been a girl'? For Susie Green, that was a defining moment in her life as a mother. Just 12 years later her son Jack changed sex and became Jackie - making history as the youngest person in the world to have corrective surgery, and by becoming the first transgender Miss England finalist. You can watch a BBC documentary following their story called 'Transexual Teen, Beauty Queen' on the BBC I-player now.


    'Lazy useless and feckless' - a fathers short sharp description of his adult children - does tough love ever really work? William was joined by two parents - David Vance and Michelle Marken – to discuss.



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