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Ebola Aid; Rewriting History; and Purple for #Spiritday – Next State of Belief!

circleonlyHere’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –

The ravages of Ebola in Africa and beyond. With congregations inside the most affected areas, the Baptist World Alliance is working to bring aid and support to victims and their families. We’ll talk with the BWA’s Eron Henry.

Also, rewriting textbooks in Texas – an effort that’s likely to reverberate in classrooms throughout the nation – puts an inaccurate emphasis on the role of Christianity in American history and, predictably, attempts to inject controversy into science materials. Idealogical agenda. We’ll hear from Dr. Emile Lester of the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund.

Meanwhile, October 16th is Spirit Day – an organized effort to stand up to anti-gay bullying in our schools. Ross Murray of GLAAD will tell us why we should all go purple this Thursday.

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Gloomy Americans; Anti-LGBT at the UN; and the Reformation Project Conference – Next State of Belief!

Host Welton Gaddy with Reformation Project founder Matthew Vines

Host Welton Gaddy with Reformation Project founder Matthew Vines

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –

“Rising Inequality, Doubts About the Future” – the 2014 American Values Survey is out from the Public Religion Research Institute. We’ll dig into what it tells us about ourselves – and how that might resonate at the ballot box next month – with PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones.

Also, the anti-gay far-right brings its so-called “pro-family” agenda to the United Nations. Philosopher and writer Austin Dacey has a disturbing report about the “Declaration on the Rights of Children and Their Families.” Dr. Dacey is the author of a Religion Dispatches article on this initiative titled At the UN, Conservative Christian Agenda Cloaked in Human Rights Language.

Meanwhile, a young American Evangelical is helping train fellow Christians to teach acceptance of LGBT persons in their congregations, with a conference next month in Washington, DC. We’ll talk with Reformation Project founder Matthew Vines. Early registration for the Regional Training Conference on November 6-8 closes on October 7th.

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Climate Change March; Bisexuality and Churches; Religious Surveys R Us – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –

Hundreds of thousands marched in New York last weekend, calling for action on global climate change. A lead organizer was the interreligious environmental group Greenfaith, and we’ll talk with executive director Fletcher Harper.

Also, is the relationship between faith and culture changing in this country? Some recent surveys suggest it may be. Huffington Post Executive Religion Editor Paul Raushenbush will be here with his opinion, and we’ll catch up on important recent religion news stories you might have missed.

And as Bisexual Awareness Week draws to a close, how are inclusive communities of faith doing in welcoming bisexual persons? We’ll talk with Marie Alford-Harkey, who says there’s room for improvement. She’s the lead author of a new guidebook from the Religious Institute titled “Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities.”

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