More Tea, Vicar? A RefLab-Podcast.

More Tea, Vicar? A RefLab-Podcast.

Cable Street

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The battle of Cable Street is an important part of London’s history and Britain’s struggle against fascism but little known outside Britain. Laurin and Carla are taking you the mural in East London depicting the famous battle. You will also hear the story of Britain’s first ordained woman, Constance Coleman, who started her ministry in the streets behind the mural, and of the first ‘illegal’ Minister in Switzerland Greti Caprez-Roffler.

Question to the vicar: What stigma attached to the vicar profession annoys you most? And specifically being a woman in this profession?

Special guest: Reverend Sibylle Forrer, Kilchberg (ZH)

Podcast: Recording and editing by Laurin Reding and Carla Maurer; music and production by Julian Simmons

Organ music: Hymn, Fredrik Sixten; performed by Peter Yardley-Jones; recorded by Julian Simmons.

Klosters and Davos

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Queen Victoria, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, William Turner and Lord Byron have one thing in common: they adored Switzerland and spent many holidays there. Starting in Klosters and Davos, places from their childhoods, Laurin and Carla take you on a journey through Switzerland and talk about Britain’s influence on the alpine nation, including ski sport, mountain climbing and the development of the Swiss railway system.

Special guest: Reverend Markus Tschanz, Lauterbrunnen

Question to the vicar: What’s the role of social media in church?

Podcast: Recording and editing by Laurin Reding and Carla Maurer; music and production by Julian Simmons

Organ music: Jacques van Oortermerssen (b. 1950), Psalm 77; performed by Peter Yardley-Jones; recorded by Julian Simmons.

Highgate Cemetery

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Both Carla and Laurin love Highgate Cemetery in North London, one of the oldest and biggest graveyards built around the city centre when the local churches began to run out of burial grounds. You will hear the stories of some famous people buried on the cemetery. Laurin and Carla will also let you in on some personal anecdotes and why they advise you bring a cervelat when visiting Highgate Cemetery.

Question to the vicar: Do you believe in afterlife?

Podcast: Recording and editing by Laurin Reding and Carla Maurer; music and production by Julian Simmons

Organ music: J.S. Bach, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland; performed by Peter Yardley-Jones; recorded by Julian Simmons.

School of Oriental and African Studies

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Recorded over the phone from home, Laurin takes Carla to his university SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies). They talk about the history of the school as a home base for colonial Britain, and how its values completely changed within a century now attracting activists from across the world. Laurin and Carla also talk about the harmfulness of dogmatic views that can be found in all parts of society, and they reveal what topics they are most passionate about.

Question to the vicar: What did your parents say when you decided to study theology?

Podcast: Recording and editing by Laurin Reding and Carla Maurer; music and production by Julian Simmons

Organ music: Jürg Brunner, "Er weckt mich alle Morgen" performed by Peter Yardley-Jones; recorded by Julian Simmons.

Cardamon

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Laurin and Carla take you on a walk along the river Thames to Butler’s Wharf, South-East London. They talk about the history of the Docklands, the Dockland Museum, their favourite markets in London and the TV series ‘Call the midwife’ which is set in London’s East End. You will also hear why it has become much easier in recent years to eat a Swiss cheese fondue in London.

Question to the vicar: Why does the church always get involved with politics? Does it not have anything else to do?

Music: Die Güldne Sonne, Gael Liardon
Played by Peter Yardley-Jones; recorded by Julian Simmons.

Greyfriars

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Carla and Laurin take you to Greyfriars, a derelict church ruin just around the corner from St Paul’s Cathedral. They talk about the reformation in England, the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the Blitzkrieg during the Second World war that has also affected members of the Swiss Church in London.

Question to the vicar: Do you believe in God?

Music: Toccata Festival, Fredrik Sixten
Played by Peter Yardley-Jones; recorded by Julian Simmons

About this podcast

This podcast isn't about tea but rather about the people in the arguably biggest tea-drinking nation in the world. Carla Maurer, vicar of the Swiss Church in London (@swisschurchvicar @swisschurchlondon) and London-based Laurin Reding will take you to their most personal and special places in the British metropolis. Emotional, funny, surprising and fascinating stories await you at each stop and the two will talk about their lives as foreigners in the buzzing heart of the biggest city on the island.

Have you ever thought of a question that you didn't dare asking a woman of God? This is your chance. Carla will answer your questions honestly and with wit. And of course, there is something for the ear as well. Organist Peter Yardley-Jones (@pyjones) will play us out on the beautiful Swiss built Späth organ that has found its home in the Swiss Church in Covent Garden.

This is a podcast for London lovers, anglophiles, critical believers and agnostic Christians. Mixed and edited by Julian Simmons (@julianpaulsimmons) at DIN vicarage studio.

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Der Podcast More Tea, Vicar? wird von Laurin Reding moderiert. Laurin stellt Carla Maurer eure Fragen, die ihr schon immer mal einer Pfarrerin stellen wolltet, aber euch noch nie so richtig getraut habt, und Carla wird diese aufrichtig beantworten. Der Podcast gibt auch Einblicke in das Leben der Schweizer Kirche in Covent Garden, die sich in einem hoch säkularisierten Umfeld immer wieder neu behaupten muss, und wie es sich in der britischen Grossstadt leben lässt. Organist Peter Yardley-Jones @pyjones ergänzt den Podcast mit Klängen einer Schweizer Späth Orgel, die in London ihre Heimat gefunden hat.

by Carla Maurer & Laurin Reding

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