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 May 2024

United Methodists vote for full communion with US Episcopal Church and move towards LGBTQ+ change; Humanists UK condemn proposed change on faith schools intake; AI “priest” defrocked for hearing a confession and giving absolution

Religion news 30 April 2024

Kate Forbes, “wee free” devout Christian, seriously considering SNP leadership bid; Evangelist Rico Tice leaves the Church of England over same sex marriage; Muslim fears in India elections

Religion news 29 April 2024

50 per cent cap limiting faith schools intake “set to be abolished”; Irish churches asked to  help find accommodation for asylum seekers; “Political evangelicalism” takes on student protesters in America; Russell Brand‘s plan to be baptised

Religion news 26 April 2024

Bishop: Rwanda bill is a dark moment in our country’s history; Jewish groups urge review of the 1986 Public Order Act to improve policing of demonstrations; CofE partners with housing groups to campaign for Homes For All

Religion news 25 April 2024

Catholic bishops against medical intervention for gender dysphoria children; Tributes to Frank Field, decent and inspiring public servant; World’s first Sikh Court opens in London; Buddhist Temple made of a million beer bottles, collapses

Migrants crossing English channel

Religion news 24 April 2024

Church leaders’ “deep misgivings” on the Rwanda bill; United Methodists start crucial conference deciding same-sex rules; Awards for British Muslim business leaders contributing millions to the economy; Services at ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ church under threat

Religion news 22 April 2024

Met police meet Jewish leaders after man moved on for being “openly Jewish”; Appeal to defend inter-faith work from being denigrated and undermined; New pilgrimage route honouring women founders of Christianity in Kent

Religion news 19 April 2024

India election gets underway with hopes for protection for religious minorities; Archbishop of Wales calls for halt to “indefensible abuse” of rivers; US Methodist bishops prepare for “seismic shift” in LGBT vote next week

Religion news 18 April 2024

Religious Education “continuing to wilt” with no coherent national plan; Michaela School prayer ban judgment still causing waves; Legacy of Covid 19 among cremation staff, the unsung key workers of the pandemic

Religion news 17 April 2024

Prayer ban victory highlights confusion over religious equality in schools; Bishop appeals for victims of modern slavery to be exempt from Rwanda bill; British Jewish organisation Yachad urges desperate need for diplomacy in Middle East; Outdoor activities chaplain for Snowdonia / Eyri