Ruth Peacock

Ruth is the leader of the Religion Media Centre project and oversees its work. After studying theology and teaching RE, she trained as a journalist on a local paper, freelanced in print and radio and then joined the BBC, working in many news departments, including the main newsgathering desk. She also worked on the BBC’s move into the new W1 building and studied organisational change.

Written Content

Religion news 21 October 2021

Faith leaders join forces to oppose assisted dying bill; Pope Francis appeal for a fair and just society goes viral; Rise in antisemitic hate crime proves need for tighter online regulation

Religion news 20 October 2021

Church bells ringing out next weekend to save the planet; Catholic bishop joins calls for priests delivering last rites to be viewed as an emergency service; New CofE general synod will “block any major change in same sex blessings”; sader sword found off the cost of Haifa after 1000 years

Religion news 19 October 2021

Sir David Amess lit the light of public service which must shine more brightly now; Call for national police guidelines over administering the last rites; Grand Mosque in Mecca removes social distancing as prayers return to normal

Religion news 18 October 2021

Sir David Amess  – the man who wore his faith in his heart; Seventeen US missionaries kidnapped in Haiti; Tai Chi classed as a religion in Quebec; 400 umbrellas displayed in a church as a symbol of miscarriage trauma

Religion news 15 October 2021

Local journalists reflecting the voices of religion in Leeds; Bishop Michael Nazir Ali converts to Catholicism; Religiously motivated hate crime figures down by 18 per cent; Ambitious documentary of Guru Nanak’s travels

Event: Creating Connections between Religion and the Media

The Religion Media Centre launches a project to enhance religious literacy and understanding in a landscape often fraught with misconceptions and assumptions on both sides. “Creating Connections, where Religion meets the Media”, will be held in five cities, bringing together religious groups and journalists.

Religion news 14 October 2021

Kemi Badenoch MP becomes new faith minister; Defenders of cherished parish churches slam attempts to steamroll closures; Pope John Paul I passes all tests to become a saint; Facebook removes 15 times more antisemitic hate speech than five years ago

Religion news 13 October 2021

In France, secrecy of the confessional does not apply to child sex abuse; Chine McDonald the new director of Theos; Division in the Global Anglican group already split from Anglican Communion; The universe:  a mystery that has no answer

Religion news 12 October 2021

Guardian seeking evidence that secular Britain is becoming more spiritual; Campaign to re-instate Bristol professor sacked after antisemitism complaint; Primary school commended as pictures of two schoolboys praying goes viral