All Things Considered

By BBC Radio Wales

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Religious affairs programme, tackling the thornier issues of the day in a thought-provoking manner

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Missionary and mother of 54 (Part 2)
Roy Jenkins' guest for the second of a two part edition of All Things Considered is Chrissie Chapman, a Christian missionary and midwife who left Dinas Powis in the Vale of Glamorgan for one of the poorest countries on earth - and found both her life's work, and a family. Last week we heard of the challenges she faced 28 years ago when she arrived in the small East African state of Burundi to set up a maternity clinic and dispensary in a remote mountaintop location. She described a life changing encounter with angels and her conviction that her work in the war-ravaged country has been sustained by divine miracles. This week, Chrissie Chapman takes up the story where the civil war (which was to claim 300,000 lives) forced her to abandon the maternity clinic and start working in the camps packed with people displaced by Burundi's ethnic violence, and refugees from the genocide in neighbouring Rwanda. She had already adopted two daughters, she would eventually bring up more than 50 children, and she began by telling Roy Jenkins about the arrival of her adopted son.
Jun 17, 2018
Missionary and mother of 54 (Part 1)
Roy Jenkins' guest for the first of a two part edition of All Things Considered is the single mother of three adopted children, who has brought up more than fifty others. She has done it in one of the poorest countries on earth, Burundi - politically unstable, with persistent violence, a refugee crisis, and the legacy of a civil war which took 300,000 lives. A trained midwife, Chrissie Chapman was living in Dinas Powys, in the Vale of Glamorgan, when she became convinced that she should travel to the small East African state on a short-term mission to open a maternity clinic and dispensary. That was 28 years ago. She went on to set up a centre for abandoned babies and traumatised children, and later a schools complex. And her own family grew along the way. She's brought many children into the world and also seen many dying along the way through disease and malnutrition. And she has been close to death herself - given just months to live in her early twenties, and all too familiar with deadly violence in her adopted country. In all this she's convinced that she's been sustained by divine miracles (and on one occasion by a squadron of angels).
Jun 10, 2018
Sharing Ramadan
For this week's All Things Considered Roy Jenkins joined a gathering of people who were ready for a good meal. It was early evening, and many of them hadn't eaten since well before sunrise. In the Dar Ul-Isra mosque in the Cathays area of Cardiff, preparations are well under way to welcome those who will be breaking their Ramadan fast as soon as darkness falls. But this is not an occasion only for faithful Muslims. In this most sacred month of their calendar, the people of this mosque, as in many others, also open their doors to their neighbours of all faiths and none, and invite them to join them in this meal. Tonight's guests have the opportunity not only to feast, but also to take a guided tour, and to ask questions. Sharing Ramadan, as this event is called, is a partnership between the mosque and the charity Bridges for Communities, which aims to connect people from different cultures and faiths in the hope of building friendships and challenging stereotypes.
Jun 03, 2018
Worldwide bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith
It is twenty years since one of the world's best-loved fictional crime-fighters cracked her first case. Precious Ramotswe, founder of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, cheerful, gentle and armed with canny intuition, has now appeared in eighteen books set in Botswana, selling a staggering 20 million copies in English alone, and translated into more than 46 languages. Her creator, Alexander McCall Smith, who's speaking at the Hay Festival this week, has received huge praise from critics, not least because they find her charm a reflection of his. As one put it: "If he has a raging ego, extreme vanity or hopeless insecurity, or, indeed, any of the other traditional writerly frailties, Alexander McCall Smith keeps them well hidden. He is charming, avuncular, a global publishing phenomenon who looks like a Rotary Club chairman." (The Times, March 15th 2008) He might have made Precious Ramotswe Botswana's most famous sleuth, but he sets much of his prolific output in his home city of Edinburgh, including the 44 Scotland Street series and the Sunday Philosophy Club. There are also more than 30 children's books, a string of stand-alone novels, and various non-fiction titles, quite apart from his academic work as a professor of medical law.
May 27, 2018