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Don't I Know You?

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 18 January 2013

Vanessa asks about your celebrity encounters, The In-Crowd's Back-A-Yard features in Roaring Reggae Friday and our Jolly Good Fellow is Paul Weeks from Boston in Lincolnshire, with Johnny Tilotson's Poetry In Motion his birthday number 1.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for The Jackson 5

    The Jackson 5 Can You Feel It

    Fantastic 80's Go For It! - Various, Parlophone

  • Image for Emeli Sandé

    Emeli Sandé Clown

    (CD Single), Virgin, 5

  • Image for Morrissey

    Morrissey The Last Of The Famous International Playboys

    Now 14 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for The Zombies

    The Zombies She's Not There

    The Godfathers Of Britpop, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Lucy May

    Lucy May Paper Heart

    (CD Single), Lola Records

  • Image for Billy Ocean

    Billy Ocean Red Light Spells Danger

    Billy Ocean - Love Is For Ever (L.I.F, Jive

  • Image for Josh Osho

    Josh Osho Imperfections

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks Lola

    The Kinks - The Definitive Collection, Polygram Tv

  • Pause For Thought

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Material Girl

    Madonna - The Immaculate Collection, Sire, 2

  • Image for Roxette

    Roxette The Look

    Now 15 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Deacon Blue

    Deacon Blue That's What We Can Do

    (CD Single), Edsel Records

  • Roaring Reggae Friday

  • Paul Weeks birthday number 1

    • Image for Johnny Tillotson

      Johnny Tillotson Poetry In Motion

      60's Number Ones Vol 1, Old Gold

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Red

    Red, Mercury

  • Pause For Thought with Reverend Val Ogden, Ecumenical Minister at The Dorking Christian Centre

    Pause For Thought with Reverend Val Ogden, Ecumenical Minister at The Dorking Christian Centre

    Well I’m taking the risk of courting controversy at this hour of the morning. I worry a bit about this assumption that learning from each other’s faiths is unquestionably a good thing. It depends, surely, on what we’re learning, who’s telling us and how intelligently we’re processing what we find. I mean, suppose someone learns about Christianity – the faith that’s etched deeply on my heart – largely through history books, and finds that – in the name of Jesus Christ apparently – Christians have played a significant role in the bloodshed of the Crusades, the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade, that there was Christian support in some quarters for apartheid in South Africa and that evidence of discrimination against women in senior Church leadership is still alive and well. Mmm – really? says the eager learner, ‘that’s what your Christianity’s all about is it?’ I wouldn’t feel proud. But then neither would Abdul Rehman Malik I imagine who spoke last Monday, if the same eager learner concluded that at the heart of his faith - Islam - was a violent interpretation of jihad and the call to terrorist action.

    How about then, deciding to learn only from the best in each other’s faiths? Quite intentionally. Taking on board that no world religion is blameless in the way its followers have presented the faith sometimes. All have failed and fallen short. But when we long to learn from the best in each other’s scriptures and traditions, not the worst; well now, there’s a priceless gift to the world. When I do that, as a Christian, I hear my Buddhist friend’s plea that ‘In anger or ill-will let no one wish any harm to another.’ And I hear the heartfelt cry from the Jain tradition, ‘Let all beings be engaged in one another's well-being.’

    I’m inspired by the naming of God in the Qu’ran as the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace and Perfection, the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, and all this helps me to look again at how for Christians, God is revealed so amazingly in Jesus – the Jesus who said – I give you a new commandment; love one another just as I have loved you. Please don’t look for and learn from the worst of my faith. I know all too well that it’s there – to our shame. Please - look and learn instead from our best bits – because there are plenty of those around too.


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