Lent is upon us once again. A wonderful counter-cultural season where we reflect on those things we might need to give up. So we asked Brian Draper to send us something that would help guide us through this time. And he came up trumps with a reflection on the transforming power of stillness. So tune in if you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed out and frazzled, and join us as we commit to intentional stillness through Lent.

 

If you want more from Brian then make sure you tune into our fascinating conversation with him Mindfulness: The Doorway to the Soul?

 

And make sure you check out his website, and many excellent books.

As well as our usual interview shows we like to give you some food for thought focussed around the Church Calendar. This Easter we’ve asked the Jesuit Priest, Father James Martin to reflect on how he relates to the suffering and resurrected Jesus.

 

If you want more of Father Martin, then check out his many excellent books and America, the Jesuit magazine he is editor-at-large of.

For the final show in our ‘Interfaith Easter’ series we’ve asked James Ford to reflect on Easter from a Buddhist perspective. Not only is James a Zen Buddhist Priest, but he’s also a minister in the Unitarian Church. A rather interesting mix, I think you’ll agree.

So sit back, turn up the volume and glean from James’s wisdom and insight.

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Our latest Easter reflection comes from Jason Mankey and Mike Stygal. Jason was a Christian, but became increasingly disillusioned with right wing politics and intolerant attitudes, and so began to explore paganism. But despite this, he maintained his love of Easter. You’ll remember Mike from our recent interview. He’s the President of the Pagan Federation. Enjoy!

 

For our sixth Easter reflection we’ve asked Paul Beaumont to mull over what Easter means for someone who has lost their faith.

Paul was a committed evangelical Christian for 25 years, but when he began to be honest about his lack of spiritual experiences and his concerns about aspects of the character of God as revealed in the Old Testament, his faith began to unravel…

 

If you want to know more, cast an eye over his novel, A Brief Eternity

Our interfaith Easter series continues with Robert Cohen. Robert is a Jew, but one who is married to an Anglican Minister. This combined with the fact he lives in one of the least Jewish counties of England puts him very much on the margins. Needless to say, Robert has had a very interesting and unique experience of both Judaism and Christianity.

 

For more about Robert, check out his blog Micah’s Paradigm Shift..

We took a bit of a chance with this one. We asked a secular scientist if they could find a link between their scientific discipline and the themes of Easter. Prof. Michael Merrifield had a crack at it, and found some sweet connections between his field of astronomy and death and resurrection (and also talked a lot about his real passion, telescopes!).

 

If you like what you hear, head over to his YouTube channel for more.

Each week on the lead up to Easter, we’ll be giving you an Easter reflection, with a twist. Rather than asking Christians to reflect on their own festival, we thought it’d be more interesting to ask people from other faiths and none to reflect on the symbolism of Easter. A great way to learn about other religions, we thought.

 

We’re easing you in gently with Mark Vernon. Mark used to be an Anglican priest, but he now considers himself an agnostic. So buckle up for an Agnostic Easter…

If you want more from Mark, then get hold of the excellent How to Be An Agnostic.