The Revd Roy Jenkins, Presenter of the BBC Radio Wales programme ‘All things Considered’ will be our Preacher at the Week of Prayer for Church Unity Service at the Priory Church on January 24th at 2.30pm.
This year’s theme The Well is Deep comes to us from the churches of Brazil. Brazilians, who have traditionally been tolerant of their various social classes and ethnic groups, are now living through a time of growing intolerance made manifest in high levels of violence, especially against minorities and the vulnerable. The logic that undergirds this kind of behaviour is competition for the religious market. Increasingly, in Brazil, some Christian groups compete with one another for a place on the mass media, for new members and for public funds.
Revd Roy Jenkins (C) BBC
Roy in his own words, on his career from journalist, to minister and broadcaster.
“My 13th birthday was still two months away when I began writing weekly cricket reports for the long-lamented Abertillery weekly, the South Wales Gazette. I was still in short trousers, but nobody seemed bothered.
“My love affair with newspapers had begun, and it’s never gone away.
“Being a Gazette reporter (the Gazette’s only reporter, as it happened) demanded a willingness to assume a certain authority in all sorts of area where my knowledge was not exactly comprehensive: with weddings and funerals, in courts, councils, flower shows, operatic performances. Instant expert on everything!
“Then followed a few years with the South Wales Argus in Newport, study at the Baptist college in Cardiff – and long, and what seemed at the time very profitable, vacation jobs with the South Wales Echo and The Western Mail.
“For seven years, between 1971 and 78, I was minister of Penrallt Baptist Church in Bangor. Two thirds of the congregation were students from a wide range of countries.
“Then I came to Ararat Baptist Church in Whitchurch and stayed between 1978 and 1990, from where I joined the BBC full-time as senior producer of religious programmes.
“I went on to present many of the religious programmes produced for Radio 2, Radio 4, the World Service, and Radio Wales, and have been the presenter of All Things Considered since 1992.
“All Things Considered has won a dozen awards; a tribute to a very talented team. I’ve usually just provided the voice!”
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul.
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