Ministering to LGBT, immigrant and other minority communities has never been easy, but the rise of Donald Trump – and the rhetoric that propelled that rise – presents new challenges. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll explore the impact and intersection of bias, religion and support for the president-elect.
Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by Caitlin Breedlove, campaign director of Standing on the Side of Love, a project of the Unitarian Universalist Church. She will share her experiences ministering to marginalized minorities and explain why now is a time that progressive people of faith must step up.
Welton will also speak with Rabbi Francine Roston, who left a demanding leadership position in New Jersey after many years to offer her family a different kind of life in Whitefish, Montana. What she didn’t know was that white supremacist Richard Spencer had set up shop in town and was working to establish an all-white enclave in the area. Tune in to find out what happened next.
We’ll revisit an important 2012 interview with journalist and commentator E.J. Dionne, who had recently published his book, Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent. And we’ll get some thoughts from Rabbi Jack Moline President of Interfaith Alliance.
Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –
With the surprising, for many, result of this past week’s election, host Welton Gaddy starts the show with some thoughts on fear, and hope.
Welton Gaddy with Greg Lebel
It was an election result that very few experts saw coming. We’ll look at how we got here, and how we’ve got to recalibrate our understanding of each other with Greg Lebel from George Washington University.
Also, we urgently need to get a better understanding of what the vice-president-elect has done in his long political career, and what that’s likely to mean going forward. Is Mike Pence really a theocratic, far-right-wing dream? We’ll ask Ari Rabin-Havt of People for the American Way.
And a first step toward healing – We’ll place the burden of finding words of hope on the shoulders of Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal in New York City.