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 23 July 2021

No new Covid cases from this year’s Hajj; Humanists UK assemble coalition to fight limitation on judicial review; Social security system is pushing families into debt; Tittle tattle tabloid journalism behind downfall of senior US Catholic cleric

Religion news 22 July 2021

Bishop says government must be more robust against China’ over treatment of Uyghurs; Pegasus spyware targeted Muslim activists in Britain; Dissolved Canadian parish gives way to a church plant and circus shows

Religion news 19 July 2021

60,000 pilgrims begin the annual Hajj as related UK business reel from Covid cuts; Covid restrictions are lifted by CofE but it warns people to be cautious; Turkey condemns EU headscarves ban as Islamophobic and discriminatory

Religion news 15 July 2021

Pope Francis leaves hospital ten days after surgery; Mediator in Christ Church v Dean dispute leaves without a resolution; Saudi Arabia will take legal action on Hajj pilgrims without permits; Dippy the dinosaur residing at Norwich Cathedral

Religion news 14 July 2021

MPs decision to cut international aid condemned as “devastating, unjust, heartless”; Methodist church urges caution as Covid-19 restrictions end; Growing US trend to compost dead bodies meets opposition

Religion news 12 July 2021

Football and religion, hope and disappointment; 10,000 or 20,000 new Church of England groups?; Jewish cultural centre beside the sea; Boris Johnson: a “very bad Christian”

Religion news 7 July 2021

Church of England plans 10,000 lay led communities; Singing allowed in churches as Covid restrictions lift, but full guidance still awaited; Methodists bewildered, ecstatic or sad following same sex marriage vote; Muslim Golf Association a runaway success

Religion news 5 July 2021

Pope Francis in hospital for surgery; Cardinal Angelo Becciu to stand trial for alleged financial crimes; Humanist leads NHS memorial ceremony; Faith groups thank front line workers; QAnon goes new age and pastel

Religion news 2 July 2021

It’s unfair: football fans can sing … why can’t church congregations?; Methodists ban conversion therapy; Fewer than 50 per cent of RE teachers surveyed believe in God