Faith in Action

a podcast about how faith affects the way we live and work today

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This is a podcast series about faith – the faith of everyday people that has become intrinsic to the way they live and work. The most interesting thing about all of them is what happens when their faith meets the world outside the privacy of their home or the solidarity of their faith community.

Faith is an oddity in modern life. Hard to describe, often deeply personal and little spoken about other than with close friends. It’s not ubiquitous yet it is still today more common, credible, and influential than our secular sages might imagine. I hope you enjoy listening to these 15 minute interviews as much as I’ve enjoyed speaking with these thoughtful and quietly inspirational individuals.

Music: The Zepplin by Blu Dot Sessions, from the Free Music Archive, CC BY-NC


Contents:
Episode 10 – James Perry – Faith in Business [Transcript]
Episode 9 – Luke Hoare – Faith in the Military [Transcript]
Episode 8 – Krish Kandiah – Faith in the Family [Transcript]
Episode 7 – Helen Johnson – Faith in Science [Transcript]
Episode 6 – Stephen Ruttle – Faith in Conflict [Transcript]
Episode 5 – Bobby  St.John – Faith in Finance [Transcript]
Episode 4 – Cate Wheatley – Faith in Film [Transcript]
Episode 3 – Ben Welby – Faith in Technology [Transcript]
Episode 2 – Sarah Chapman – Faith in poverty [Transcript]
Episode 1 – Jon Yates – Faith in society [Transcript]


Episode 10 – James Perry – Faith in Business [Transcript]

What difference does faith make in business? With me to explore faith in business is James Perry, co-founder of the ready meal company COOK, and also the director of B-Lab UK, which is a support organisation for B corporations.

 

Episode 9 – Luke Hoare – Faith in the Military [Transcript]

Everyone wants God on their side in battle, but there’s always been an uneasy relationship between earthly force and divine direction. With me to explore the role of faith in the military is Major Luke Hoare.

 

Episode 8 – Krish Kandiah – Faith in the Family [Transcript]

The family is a haven in a heartless world, but do the faithful have a distinct vision of how to create that refuge? With me to discuss this is Krish Kandiah, founder and director of Home for Good.

 

Episode 7 – Helen Johnson – Faith in Science [Transcript]

Science is intrinsic to the way we understand the mechanics of the modern world but it has often been seen as in tension with faith, even though some of our greatest scientists have also had a personal faith. With me to explore faith in science is Helen Johnson, a research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

 

Episode 6 – Stephen Ruttle – Faith in Conflict [Transcript]

Blessed are the peacemakers, said Jesus, but have the faithful got anything distinctive to add to the laudable efforts of all the secular diplomats and negotiators that are trying to achieve settlements between people in conflict with one another?

With me to discuss this is Stephen Ruttle QC, a barrister at Brick Court Chambers in London, and one of the top 10 commercial mediators in the world according to Who’s Who Legal.

 

Episode 5 – Bobby  St.John – Faith in Finance [Transcript]

Faith and finance have never been easy bedfellows ever since Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple, yet Christians are at work in the city as much as in the hospital wards and the food banks. However, amid the newspaper headlines of bankers rigging interest rates, dodging tax, and receiving enormous bonuses, it might be hard to see the hand of God at work.

With me to explore the role of faith in finance is Bobby St. John, a banker with over 30 years of experience. He now works as a partner at Centrus Advisors in London.

 

Episode 4 – Cate Wheatley – Faith in Film [Transcript]

Film has always been closely connected with the portrayal of religion, and yet is the only art form not to originate from within the church. With me to discuss faith in film is Cate Wheatley, a senior lecturer in film studies at King’s College, London.

 

Episode 3 – Ben Welby – Faith in Technology [Transcript]

Digital Technology surrounds us, and infuses many of our daily lives as consumers, creators and citizens. But is it a force for connection, or alienation? Will technology enable communities of faith to come closer together, or just separate us from our physical neighbours? To discuss this I’ve come face to face with Ben Welby, who is a product manager in the Government Digital Service.

 

Episode 2 – Sarah Chapman – Faith in poverty [Transcript]

Faith is often seen as a personal comfort, and private relationship with God. But the Church today is deeply involved in practical actions to alleviate poverty and advocate for the powerless. For example, food banks, which were used by around a million people last year, mostly have a Christian foundation, Christian management, and work in partnership with local churches.

It is a pleasure to be joined by Sarah Chapman, the founder of the Wandsworth Foodbank in London, and author of the recent report on food poverty in London. We’ve come to talk about the importance of faith amid poverty.

 

Episode 1 – Jon Yates – Faith in society [Transcript]

Faith is often thought to epitomise divisions within society. But a recent report challenges that idea with research which suggests that the church is actually the best place for social mixing between people of different age, class, ethnicity, income, and politics.

I’m delighted to welcome Jon Yates, who is the co-founder of the Challenge. The Challenge is the UK’s leading charity for building a more integrated society. We’ve come to talk about the part that faith might play in bringing people together.


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