Pause For Thought: 'I am for my beloved, and my beloved is for me.'

Laura Marks on companionship.

Pause For Thought: 'I'm thinking of a different kind of love.'

Michaela Youngson on the friends we don't tidy the house for.

Pause For Thought: ''People don’t hear compassion – they feel it.'

Brian D'Arcy on the real meaning of 'how are you?'

Pause For Thought: 'Just walk beside me and be my friend.'

Kate Bottley on the significance of our steps through life - and who we take them with.


Ernie Rea and guests discuss friendship.
As we come to the end of an acrimonious General Election campaign, Beyond Belief attempts to soothe the fractious public mood with a discussion on Friendship. The dictionary defines Friendship as “a state of mutual trust between friends but can friendship survive a deep division of opinion? Can we be friends with someone who holds radically different religious and ethical principles to ours? Can we really describe someone whom we have only met online as a Friend? To discuss these questions are the Reverend David Butterworth, a Methodist Minister; Julie Siddiqi, a leading Muslim feminist and activist with a focus on gender equality and inter faith relations; and Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism.

Producer:   Helen Lee

Ivan Humble and Irfan Chishti

A friendship that has bridged a very large gap.
Despite a family and a career, this Canterbury man realised he was lonely
Mark Gaisford made a video about having no close friends and it went viral on social media.