The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will host the six-part series for the BBC.
Entitled The Archbishop’s interviews, Welby, will discuss faith, morality and spirituality with six people who have made significant contributions to public life. What has been their moral “touchstone” through good times and bad? How do they engage in faith and spirituality?
Dan Clarke, Commissioner of Radio 4:
“In interviews with the Archbishop, Radio 4 gives listeners the opportunity to delve into the inner lives of some of the most influential people in public life. These talks, expertly guided by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will offer profound reflections on the moral, spiritual and religious lives of a fascinating range of people in a way that I believe will truly resonate with our listeners. .
Its guests have all made a name for themselves in the creative, academic or political world. They are: former Prime Minister Tony Blair; author Stephen King; the managing director of Citizens Advice, Clare Moriarty; former Chief of the Defense Staff, General Sir Nick Carter; British-Turkish novelist and political scientist Elif Shafak; and psychologist Dr. Susan Blackmore.
These will be candid encounters between the Archbishop and his guests. In each half-hour episode, the Archbishop will ask his guests how they navigated their inner lives alongside their public profile.
This series is an exciting start for the Archbishop and a journey of discovery. He is curious to explore how others see the big questions about humanity. This is an opportunity for him to turn the tide and become the questioner.
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury:
“It’s such a privilege to be able to spend time interviewing such fascinating people from different backgrounds for this series, and I relish the opportunity to be the one asking the questions rather than answering them. better ways to get to know someone than to inquire and listen. I want to hear about people’s lives, events, and the underlying frameworks that shape their views, and I’m extremely grateful the generosity of each person who gave their time, their honesty and sometimes their vulnerability in telling their story.
“I hope the show inspires those who listen to it with the curiosity to look at others who are different from them, to wonder who they might really be and how we might build relationships that transcend divides. I pray for may it be an encouragement for each of us to have conversations that seek to understand and know each other better.
The Right Reverend and Right Honorable Justin Welby became Archbishop of Canterbury in 2013. He was previously Bishop of Durham, Dean of Liverpool Cathedral and Canon of Coventry Cathedral, where he worked extensively on reconciliation.
Before beginning his ministry training in 1989, Bishop Justin worked in the oil industry for 11 years – five in Paris and six in London. Archbishop Justin has three main priorities for his ministry – evangelism and witness; Prayer and renewal of religious life; and Reconciliation.
He is a member of the United Nations High Level Advisory Board on Mediation. He is the author of Reimagining Britain and Dethroning Mammon, both published by Bloomsbury. Archbishop Justin is married to Caroline and they have five children and four grandchildren.