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 1 July 2022

Imam Qari Asim: Ministers should retract statement and talk to me; Freedom of religion and belief: we need action, not just talk; Online liberal Friday prayers for modern Britain; Reports that Jehovah’s Witnesses kept database of historic sex abuse cases

Religion news 30 June 2022

Archbishop praises grace, honesty and generosity of Dame Deborah James; Pope calls for dialogue to end war in Ukraine after “barbaric attacks”; Christian Legal Centre behind court wrangle over 12 year old on life support; and Compulsory office morning prayer meetings in USA subject of court case

Religion news 29 June 2022

£20 million allocated to drive CofE racial justice programme; Catholic church members dream of a better future; Man aged 101 jailed for Holocaust accessory to murder charges; Pope tells mothers not to iron their son’s shirts

Religion news 28 June 2022

Hajj pilgrims anger over chaotic booking process; Non-religion doubles in Australia while Christianity falls below 50 per cent; Bishops in Scotland appeal for respect and civility in abortion dispute

Religion news 27 June 2022

US abortion decision fuelled by political “pro-life religion”; 70 religious sites destroyed in Ukraine war; Letter of protest at Qari Asim’s sacking; Bid to scrap CofE wedding fees

Religion news 24 June 2022

UK aid agencies unite in appeal for victims of Afghanistan earthquake; Bishop says diplomacy and ease of sanctions might be best route to secure Ukraine’s territory; Faith minister visits the Pope to promote international conference on freedom of religion or belief; TV drama “afraid to take risks” on Muslim stories

Religion news 23 June 2022

Offences against race or religion up by 15 per cent last year; Sandford awards for programmes on religion, ethics and spirituality; Lambeth conference of Anglican bishops should look out not in

Religion news 22 June 2022

Canterbury Cross awarded to the Queen for unstinting service; Spike in mental health issues related to universal credit; Bishop questions strategy for a “shinier, bigger, better” version of the church; Italy the best place in Europe to be Jewish; Burkinis banned once more in Grenoble swimming pools