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Happy Easter to all who celebrate! May this Christian observance of new beginnings and sacred hope bring some lightness into what continues, for so many, to be a dark time indeed. Joining in that observance, we’ll dedicate this week’s show to bringing you some of the most uplifting stories from the 15 years Rev. Welton Gaddy has been hosting State …
 
After a few weeks away, we’re happy to welcome our host Rev. Welton Gaddy back to State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio program and podcast. In the shadow of two mass shootings, he’ll speak with individuals who are working to bind up the wounds of impacted communities and to explore new ways to think about our experience of faith. As the nat…
 
For Catholics who support LGBTQ+ equality, this week’s statement from the Vatican prohibiting church blessings for same-sex relationships felt like a big step backwards, especially after the new tone defined by Pope Francis’s earlier comments about LGBT people: “Who am I to judge?” At the same time, a powerful new book calls for white evangelical A…
 
It has been one year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, and though the end is on the horizon, we will continue to deal with its impact for months to come. As we grapple with this public health crisis, our pursuit of religious freedom, justice, and equity remain as important as ever. This week Rabbi Jack Moline, president of the Interfaith Alli…
 
Whether we admit it or not, the extremism and division of the last four years hasn’t disappeared with a new presidential administration. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio program and podcast, we’ll talk about how the challenges of xenophobia and racism still demand our focus and attention–and we’ll learn what exactly is happ…
 
As our country passed a grim milestone of 500,000 COVID-related deaths this week, our politics are still wracked with division. But with good news about the development of vaccines and a new sense of stability in Washington, there’s also a chance that perhaps our country has turned a corner. This week on State of Belief we’ll talk about the big cha…
 
The brutal winter storms that swept across much of the country had an outsized impact on Eastern Louisiana, where our host, Rev. Welton Gaddy, lives and works. With ice-covered roads and widespread power outages the norm, we took the week off from taping State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio program and podcast, and instead are re-air…
 
The second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump is underway this week, shedding a new and terrifying light on the events of January 6. The influence of Christian nationalism on the insurrection and the Trump administration more broadly cannot be overstated. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podc…
 
This week marks the start of Black History Month. As people of faith and of convictions, each of us has a moral responsibility to listen to and show up for Black Americans — because without racial equity, religious freedom is an incomplete process. Though the struggle for racial justice has always been a critical part of our country’s movement towa…
 
Following November’s election, we shared our hope that the Biden-Harris administration would return to the meaning of true religious freedom, in defense of those of all faiths and none. So far, the White House is living up to that promise, repealing the transgender military ban, restoring our reputation as a nation of opportunity for immigrants, an…
 
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