Articles from Word in Time

Prison Life

In this special edition of the Methodist Podcast, Anna Drew speaks with Prison Chaplain Revd Alan Ogier about life behind bars and whether prison really works. 15-21 November 2009 is Prisons Week - find out more at

A Sense of Community

From knitting squares to help homeless people on the streets of Brazil to engaging with the International Day of Peace on September 21, this podcast takes a look at what we can do when we work together as a community. Karen Burke talks to Ana Claudia Lyra Fernandes about a social project pioneered by the Methodist Church in Brazil and learns how churches can engage with the International Day of Peace in conversation with Public Issues Policy Adviser, Steve Hucklesby. Anna Drew talks to Methodist minister Sam McBratney for a biblical take on equalities and diversity.

The Fourth Plinth Communion

Ken Chalmers, a Methodist minister from Castle Cary in Somerset, led worship from Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth today (28 July 2009) and celebrated Holy Communion in the Methodist tradition. Revd Martin Turner, Superintendent Minister at Methodist Central Hall, presided over Communion at the base of the Fourth Plinth while Ken led worship from the top of the plinth. Ken was one of 2,400 people appearing on the Fourth Plinth between 6 July and 14 October 2009, picked from more than 28,000 applicants for sculptor Antony Gormley's One and Other project.

Hidden Corners

The final podcast before the annual Methodist Conference in July takes a look at Methodism on the Isle of Sark and Austria, and engages with the work of the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility. Karen Burke talks to Laura Trent, pastor at the English-Speaking United Methodist Church in Vienna, and David Hollingsworth, pastor on the Isle of Sark, about their experiences of Methodism while Anna Drew chats to Sunniva Taylor from ECCR and learns what it is like to be at the bottom of the UK food chain.

Crossing Borders

Stories of peaceful protest, social justice and supported independence make up the latest Methodist podcast. Karen Burke discovers what King Canute has to do with climate change in conversation with Methodist Minister Simon Topping while Anna Drew learns about life as an ecumenical accompanier in Israel and Palestine through the eyes of Enid Gordon and Elizabeth Boroughs. Karen also catches a few words with President Designate Revd David Gamble before he flies out to celebrate the independence of the Methodist Church in The Gambia.

From Europe to Melanesia

This podcast is packed with stories from around the world which take listeners from the heart of Europe to the outskirts of Melanesia. Find out what life has in store for mission partners Jenny and Graham Longbottom and Mark Leeming in the Solomon Islands. Anna Drew learns that the caste system in India is far from dead during a conversation with David Haslam, founder of the Dalit Solidarity Network, and Karen Burke talks to Stephen Brown, managing editor of Ecumenical News International, when she visits the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.