This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, the Rev. Welton Gaddy and his guests take a look at how the interfaith community is responding to climate change, including a report from the largest mass action for our climate in history. We review the top religion news stories from the summer, including the delicate balance between faith and politics during the mid-term election season. And we’ll hear from the author of a new guidebook for faith communities on bisexuality. Don’t miss those conversations and more on this week’s State of Belief!
Climate Change: Interfaith Communities Respond to a Global Challenge
Last Sunday, hundreds of thousands of activists marched in New York City, demanding action on global climate change. A diverse group of faith-driven organizations played a prominent role. The march featured a giant wooden ark, the product of collaboration between Greenfaith, Sojourners, and Auburn Theological Seminary. Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of Greenfaith will join Welton to discuss the success of the march, how faith-based organizations played an essential role, and how the ark can catalyze change.
Summer in Review: A Look Back at the Season’s Religion News
This week, Welton gets together with Executive Religion at The Huffington Post, the Rev. Paul Raushenbush, to look back at the top religion news stories from the summer. They review recent polls by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Pew Research that examine Americans’ views on religion in public life, and discuss a Duke University study that found a 10 percent increase in acceptance for lesbian and gay members among faith communities, though the results varied significantly across denominations.
“Bisexual Awareness Week”
Marie Alford-Harkey of the Religion Institute joins Welton to discuss her new book, Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities. They discuss the specific challenges faced by bisexual women and men, even as the struggle for equal rights continues for all LGBT Americans. Marie and Welton discuss how faith communities can be more welcoming to bisexual members, for the benefit of all.
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.
On the Sunday political talk shows, it was all about “Air Strikes!” vs. “Boots On The Ground!” Missing from the debate – not unlike back in 2001 – was any serious discussion of military action vs. another kind of intervention. Perhaps the adage really is true – “when you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” And so on Monday evening, the US launched air strikes inside Syria against ISIL.
The Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite called for a wider discussion this past weekend on State of Belief Radio, relying on Just War Theory (which demands both an imminent threat, and the likelihood of success before resorting to violence.)
Dr. Thistlethwaite identified two specific tactics that have worked in the past against foreign terrorists: fostering political opposition, and “getting their money.”
Speaking of money, she’s suspicious that the profit motive plays a role in the decision to launch a military attack.
The fact is, the morality of deadly force is explicitly addressed by Just War Theory – and Dr. Thistlethwaite’s area of specialty, Just Peace Theory.
Dr. Thistlethwaite published a strongly-worded commentary on this crisis at OnFaith. Read it here.
Here’s the extended interview from the September 20th, 2014 edition of State of Belief Radio.
Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –
Dominant fathers, submissive mothers, and the maximum number of children. It’s not a 60’s TV show, it’s a growing fundamentalist philosophy called “quiverfull” – and we’ll talk with Vyckie Garrison, who fled this world, and today helps other women to do the same. Vyckie also chronicles her work at Patheos.com
Many pro- and anti-marriage equality forces finally have something in common: both want the Supreme Court to take on the issue. With the Justices due to reveal their intentions on September 29th, Chantale Fiebig of the American Foundation for Equal Rights will be with us to examine where things stand.