James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool
Joan Bakewell discusses belief with the Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, an evangelical who embraces a concern for social justice, urban regeneration, prisons and the environment.
Joan Bakewell explores the beliefs of artists, thinkers, religious leaders and other public figures in a returning series of programmes on Radio 3. Tonight, on the evening of Good Friday, Joan Bakewell welcomes as her final guest in the current series the Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones. He is strongly committed to the evangelical tradition with its emphasis on personal morality and salvation, but he also embraces a wide range of social concerns. In the arena of climate change he has been a pioneer of a renewed understanding of a Christian duty to care for the natural environment. Since coming to Liverpool in 1998 he has played a leading role in urban regeneration, and initiated an inner-city Academy jointly with the Roman Catholic Church. He chairs the Hillsborough Independent Panel in the continuing quest for understanding of the disaster 21 years ago this month when almost 100 Liverpool fans died in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium. He is also the Bishop for Prisons.