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Sunday 23 December 2012

This week we have a special edition of Sunday looking at women and faith presented by Edward Stourton

Inspired by the General Synod's vote against women bishops in the Church of England , we look at the question of whether religions discriminate against women .
Kati Whitaker has a report on whether the decision not to allow women bishops in the Church of England was an issue of equality.. or theology.
We also hear from the Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves, a bishop in California about what it's like to have authority over a parish which doesn't accept that it's possible for a woman to have that role.

We hear from Roman Catholic nun Sister Lynda Dearlove who is engaged in the kind of caring that's traditionally been the role of women in the Church. She works with prostitutes.

Orthodox Jewish teacher Dina Brawer launches a programme called the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance .. its introduction follows a decision by the Chief Rabbi and United Synagogue leaders to allow women to chair synagogues.

Ann Holmes-Redding, a former priest in the American Episcopal Church believes it is possible to be a Christian and a Muslim at the same time. Matt Wells talks to her.

Lyse Doucet reflects on the way women's lives in Pakistan and Afghanistan are influenced by religion.

And three guests - Muslim writer Khola Hasan, Rev Rosie Harper and anthropologist Dr Tamsin Bradley discuss religious leadership and influence on women both in the UK and worldwide.


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