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Bishop’s Grill Catches On

by Michael Ford last modified 20 Jan, 2011 11:12 AM

Online discussions between the Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings and school pupils have attracted the interest of the BBC.

Bishop’s Grill Catches On

Gillingham School sixth-fomers quiz the Bishop of Sherborne online

Each Wednesday morning in term time, Dr Kings participates in 30-minute ‘Grill A Bishop’ sessions over the Internet. Sixth-formers from local schools ask questions on issues of interest, including faith, creation and evolution, sexuality, free will, Christianity and other religions, the Bible, evil and suffering, heaven and hell.

To date he has answered questions from pupils in Gillingham, Sherborne and Poole in Dorset. Yesterday’s Grill (Wednesday 19 January) featured pupils from Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire. After the on-line session, Dr Kings answers the remaining questions in his own time, and his answers remain on the diocesan website.

BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme reported on the grilling today, (Thursday 20 January) at 0743.

Dr Kings said today, "I'm really enjoying engaging with young people online. They're very comfortable with that environment, and feel free to ask any question they like. I'm heartened by the depth and breadth of their stimulating questions. It's becoming a highlight of my week."


Grill a Bishop 
BBC Interview with Dr Kings 
BBC Today Programme Archive 

The sessions are moderated by the Bishop’s Assistant and a member of staff from each school in turn. Before the event a log-in to the diocesan website is issued for the school and students who wish to take part. This confirms that questions are coming from the school. The Grill can be accessed from the front page of the diocesan website.

Dr Kings is also due to speak live on the Sunday Breakfast programme on BBC Radio Wiltshire, on Sunday 23 January.

More information: 
The Revd Jonathan Ball
Chaplain to the Bishop of Salisbury
Telephone: 01722 334031/07500 872081


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