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Set Them Free

Writer and priest Malcolm Doney examines the importance of affording our loved ones the freedom they need to blossom.

Writer and priest Malcolm Doney examines the importance of affording our loved ones the freedom they need to blossom.

For Malcolm, the hardest part of being a parent is to let his children go in order for them to fledge. From encouraging them to walk, to taking the stabilisers off their bike, it means allowing them to make mistakes, get hurt and ultimately learn from the process. Malcolm also looks at how having faith is really a matter of letting go. In conclusion, Malcolm argues that it is by letting go that we set ourselves free.

The programme features poems from Clare Pollard and A S J Tessimond which evoke the spirit of freedom, contrasted with readings from Carl Sagan who documents the human hunger for absolute certainty and Nina Simone who argues that true freedom is the absence of fear.

Presenter: Malcolm Doney
Producer: Jonathan O'Sullivan
A TBI Media production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 20 Nov 2016 23:30

Music Played

  • The Tierney Sutton Band

    If You Love Somebody Set Them Free

  • Abel Korzeniowski

    Becoming George

  • Richie Havens

    Freedom

  • Bob Dylan

    It Ain't Me Babe

  • Nina Simone

    I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)

Readings

Title:               Learning The Bicycle

Author:            Wyatt Prunty

Publisher:        Johns Hopkins University Press

 

Title:               The Caravan

Author:            Clare Pollard

Publisher:        Bloodaxe Books

 

Title:               A Single Man

Author:            Christopher Isherwood

Publisher:        Simon & Shouster

 

Title:               The Wisdom of Tenderness

Author:            Brennan Manning

Publisher:        HarperOne


Title:               The Journey

Author:            Mary Oliver

Publisher:        Grove Press

 

Title:               The Demon-haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark

Author:            Carl Sagan

Publisher:        Paw Prints

 

Title:               Leaving Alexandria: A memoir of faith and doubt

Author:            Richard Holloway

Publisher:        Canongate Books

 

Title:               Not Love Perhaps

Author:            ASJ Tessimond

Publisher:        Faber and Faber

 

Title:               The Bible - Corinthians 13. 4-7

Author:            New International Version

Publisher:        Hodder & Stoughton

 

Title:                The Gateway

Author:            AD Hope

Publisher:        University of Queensland Press

 

Title:                The Bible - John 4.18

Author:            New International Version

Publisher:        Hodder & Stoughton

 

Title:                The Bible - Isaiah 43. 1-2

Author:            New International Version

Publisher:        Hodder & Stoughton

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