BBC Radio 4 Lent Talks 2013 :Theme Abandonment

Leading human rights lawyer, Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, has opened a new series of BBC Radio 4 Lent Talks, where six well known figures from public life, the arts, human rights and religion, reflect on how the Lenten story of Jesus' ministry and Passion continues to interact with contemporary society and culture. 

Each talk is 15 minutes duration.

The 2013 Lent Talks consider the theme of "Abandonment ."

In the Lenten story, Jesus is the supreme example of this - he died an outcast, abandoned and rejected by his people, his disciples and (apparently) his Father, God.

 But how does that theme tie in with today's complex world? There are many ways one can feel abandoned - by family, by society, by war/conflict, but one can also feel abandoned through the loss of something, perhaps power, job or identity.

Speakers in this year's talks include:
Speakers Still to Come 
  • Loretta Minghella, Director of Christian Aid, who considers the abandonment of self and the need to face who we truly are;
  • Imam Asim Hafiz, Muslim Chaplain and Religious Adviser to HM Forces, who has just returned from Afghanistan and who explores the total abandonment experienced by both sides as a result of war;
  • Benjamin Cohen, journalist and broadcaster, who reflects on his own personal story of religious rejection through being gay, 
  • Canon Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Piccadilly, who explores the relationship between abandonment and betrayal.

        ******** NB Helena Kennedy's Talk is only available until Sunday March 3rd 
                    6.02 a.m UK Time ***********

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