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The Rt Revd Mary Stallard, Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Llandaff.

This week, Azim Ahmed’s guest is a senior figure in the Church in Wales. The Right Reverend Mary Stallard, currently the Assistant Bishop of Bangor, has just been elected as the 73rd Bishop of Llandaff – a post she’ll take up in sometime in the spring. The Diocese of Llandaff covers nearly half the Christian population in Wales, including parts of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and some of the Valleys.

Bishop Mary was one of the first women to be ordained as a priest in the Church in Wales in 1997. Since then she has served a number of clerical posts in all corners of the country. For the past twenty years she’s worked in the north, in both the St Asaph and Bangor dioceses where she’s held a number of senior roles. Five years ago she was appointed Archdeacon of Bangor and then almost twelve months ago was made the Assistant Bishop there. Bishop Mary’s voice is familiar to many listeners in Wales; in the past she’s also presented a number of All Things Considered programmes.

In the first radio interview since her election, Bishop Mary talks to Azim about her early life and career, about relationships with non-Christian faiths, young people, and the role of a bishop, not least in speaking out on topical issues, of which in her view, the biggest is concern about the environment.

Canon Aled Edwards

Roy welcomes back Canon Aled Edwards, an Anglican priest who’s spent more than half of his ministry among the politicians and officials of what’s now the Welsh Parliament, the Senedd. At the same time, he’s worked for large numbers of refugees and asylum seekers, fought against racism and other kinds of discrimination, and helped forge links between different religious communities. And he’s done so both as a Christian minister, and as a political anorak, who once spent a fortnight’s holiday in California campaigning for Barak Obama.

At the end of March, Canon Aled Edwards will move on after 23 years with Cytûn, Churches Together in Wales, the last 17 as its chief executive – a fitting guest in this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Lorraine Cavanagh - surviving childhood trauma

"Get on the pill, get a job, and stay out of my life" - such were the less than encouraging words her father once addressed to the young Lorraine Cavanagh. Despite coming from a wealthy and privileged family background (her grandmother was the inventor of the modern bra, and the proprietor of a prestigious publishing house), Dr Cavanagh endured a childhood of emotional neglect, and sexual abuse at the hands of a stepfather she was encouraged to call 'Dad'. In this candid interview, Revd Cavanagh, who is now a Church in Wales priest, talks to Delyth Liddell about her new book, a memoir about coming to terms with her early life: Rebuilding the Ruined Places, and her journey of faith, trying to make sense of some of the paradoxes of her extraordinary, glamorous and yet emotionally starved upbringing in France, America, Spain and England.

Post-Christian Wales

The recent release of Census statistics for religion suggests that the number of people with no religion now far exceeds the number of those purporting to be Christian. Roy Jenkins discusses the implication of these results with a panel including Dr Emma Whittick, chaplain of Trinity Saint Davids University of Wales at Lampeter and Carmarthen; George Craig, a retired civil servant and Methodist lay preacher; Kathy Riddick, Wales co-ordinator for Humanists UK; and Chris Street, who leads the Wales Leadership Forum, an organisation that aims to help church leaders to develop their mission.

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