Parenting transgender children 08 May 201511:22
A year and a half ago Methodists Bob and Mandy Stoner received some life-changing news from their child. She told them that she was transgender and wanted to transition from male to female. Bob and Mandy told Karen about their family's journey and how they're working to support other parents who face the same situations.
Update on Nepal 30 April 201507:12
World Church Partnership Coordinator Steve Pearce talks to Anna about the latest news following the earthquake and what the Methodist Church in Britain is doing to help.
Methodism in Ghana 11 March 201526:17
An in-depth podcast focusing on Methodism in Ghana. Media Officer Karen Burke recently travelled to Ghana with World Church Relationships Team Leader, David Friswell. Over the course of seven days, they visited Methodist projects and churches all over the country, from Cape Coast to Accra in the South, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region and Wa and Lawra in the Upper West Region. Listen to this podcast for an insight into Methodism at work in Ghana.
Photo shows Karen Burke with Aretha Graham Addai, Principal of the Methodist Women's Training Centre in Kumasi.
Visit the World Church Relationships blog for a seven-day diary of the Ghana visit (dated February 2015).
Selma 06 February 201509:51
The film Selma is released in the UK this week. Selma tells the true story of Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights for black people in America in the sixties. Methodist writer, George Luke, spoke to the film’s star, David Oyelowo, about the film, about Martin Luther King, and about surviving as a Christian in Hollywood.
Rethink Sanctions 04 February 20154:33
Is the government’s sanctions scheme working? New government data obtained by the Methodist Church in Britain has revealed that benefits claimants judged as unfit to work due to mental health problems are more likely to have their benefits stopped by sanctions than those suffering from other conditions. Methodist policy advisor, Paul Morrison, tells BBC Radio Merseyside presenter, Roger Phillips, how the government’s policy is affecting people who have been sanctioned. (Interview is published here with the kind permission of BBC Radio Merseyside.)
Global Migration 14 January 201519:21
Immigration became a key issue in 2014, catapulting to the top of political and media agendas. In this edition, Media Officer Karen Burke explores the impact of climate change on global migration in an interview with Julia Edwards – a Methodist mission partner who was part of a Fiji government delegation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December. The Church’s response to global migration was also the focus of two recent conferences attended by Methodist European Partnership Coordinator, Roy Crowder. Karen hears Roy’s perspective on how the Church should respond to questions concerning global migration.
Christmas message: Make space for Jesus 19 December 201404:05
In their Christmas message, the Revd Ken Howcroft and Gill Dascombe ask people to consider what kind of dinner guest Jesus might be.
Pioneer-Methodist Partnership 03 December 201420:36
In this podcast, Media Officer Karen Burke explores the partnership between the Methodist Church and the Pioneer Network – a Christian Connexion of Churches founded in 1985. She talks to Nigel Bailey, a local preacher helping to develop the partnership between the Methodist Church and the Pioneer Network, as well as to other Methodists involved in Pioneer initiatives. Listen to this podcast to find out why former President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Tom Stuckey, and superintendent ministers, Terry Hudson and David Moss, are so excited by what Pioneer is doing.
We apologise for the sound quality of the audio in this edition.
Photo: Nigel Bailey (left) with the Revd Tom Stuckey.
Saying Goodbye 27 November 201411:22
After losing five babies, Zoe Clark-Coates and her husband Andy set up Saying Goodbye. The charity offers support and organises remembrance services for anyone that has lost a child during pregnancy, at birth or in infancy. She shares her story with Anna and talks about how people can support friends and family who have lost babies. Please note that some may find the content of this podcast upsetting.
Ground-breaking visit to North Korea 06 November 201410:51
An exclusive podcast on the Church in North Korea. Steve Pearce, Methodist Partnership Coordinator for Asia-Pacific, recently visited Church leaders in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. This was a ground-breaking visit: the first time that a representative from the Methodist Church in Britain has ever visited the socialist state. Media Officer Karen Burke talks to Steve Pearce about the Christian community who live in a country that receives so much negative press in the western media.