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The progressive faith community lost a giant this week with the passing of the Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, retired Episcopal bishop of Newark, NJ, prolific writer, and a towering figure in fearless, faithful, loving theology for many decades. A champion of gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights, he ordained the first openly gay man to the Episcopal prie…
 
For so many who lived through the events of September 11, 2001, it is difficult to believe that it has been two decades. The pain of those impacted twenty years ago – and those who have suffered since in an era of heightened surveillance, white nationalism, and religious extremism – remains raw, and reminds us of the work ahead to create a safer, m…
 
It’s Labor Day Weekend! While this holiday traditionally marks the end of the summer vacation season with one more chance at relaxation and refreshment, this year many of us are focused on widespread death and devastation all around us in the wake of massive storms. Our thoughts are with those who have lost so much in recent days. This week on Stat…
 
Discussions surrounding the barbaric practice of conversion therapy continue as progressive faith leaders and activists work to end this dangerous psuedoscience. Leveraging survivor testimony is undoubtedly a key part of this strategy. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio program and podcast, we will discuss Outlove: A Q…
 
After two decades of U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, many Americans are feeling simultaneous relief that our troops are coming home and anguish as Afghan citizens try to flee the new regime. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will hear from family members of people lost in 9/11 who have been…
 
The COVID-19 Delta variant is wreaking havoc in our communities, making it impossible for the nation to return to “business as usual” – especially in areas with low vaccination rates. While many faith leaders are encouraging their congregations to get vaccinated, others are doing the exact opposite, to all of our detriment. This week on State of Be…
 
The heat of the summer and increasing risk of arrest is not slowing faith-driven activists. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll look at recent mass actions organized by the Poor People’s Campaign. Meanwhile, the freedom offered by modern technology continues to be subverted by those who want to p…
 
Faith leaders can play a major role in influencing Americans’ everyday decisions. We are seeing this play out on both sides of the equation, with many faithful Americans feeling compelled to take the vaccine on account of their faith, while others are being told to stay away from the lifesaving vaccine by institutional leaders. This week on State o…
 
Especially since the events of January 6, those of us who still believe in our nation’s democracy have continued to sound the alarm over the growing campaign of rightwing authoritarianism. At the center of this looming threat is Christian Nationalism. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will hear fr…
 
Religious beliefs and convictions have a profound impact on the lives of each of us – whether religious or not. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, host Rev. Welton Gaddy will check on what Trump-obsessed conservatives heard at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Texas, along with a look at…
 
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