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Easter, Passover, and A Nun on the Bus: Next State of Belief!

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

If Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, wrote a book, what should she call it? Well she has, it’s out, and the title is exactly what it should be: A Nun on the Bus: How All Of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community – and she’ll be here to tell us about it.

Also, David Silverman, President of American Atheists. We’ll talk about their national convention – as well as the special challenges of personal relationships between people of faith and of no faith.

And we’ll get some thoughts for Passover from Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.

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No More Bullying; the Bible and the Box Office; and the Lessons of Salem – Next State of Belief!

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

Friday, April 11th is the student-led Day of Silence, with LGBTQ students and allies expressing their concern for victims of bullying and bias. This weekend, we’ll talk to Idit Klein, Executive Director of Keshet, which is working along with a number of other faith-based organizations to call for passage of the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act.

Also, the rising tide of religion-themed major motion pictures. We’ll discuss the trend in general, and the recent Son of God in particular, with retired Episcopal Bishop – and avid film buff – Gene Robinson.

And Marilynne K. Roach, author of the book Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials. Has all that much changed in human nature in the three centuries since that shameful episode in American history?

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What’s a Revangelical? Moral Mondays Expand, and Noah’s Number One – Next State of Belief!

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

Everybody’s talking about the movie that opened at #1 last weekend: “Noah.” Fundamentalists aren’t happy with the non-biblical aspects of the story. Some secularists are wary of a surge in religion-themed films. One thing’s for sure: When the film’s writer and co-executive producer Ari Handel joins Welton on our next show, you can bet the questions aren’t going to be the same ones the Hollywood magazines have been asking!

Also, we don’t know if World Vision, the global Christian charity, hired anybody who’s in a same-gender marriage during the two days a new employment policy was in effect – before a rabid right-wing backlash (and the loss of an estimated 10,000 donors) pushed the issue right back into the closet. The events certainly demonstrated the political power of conservative Evangelicals who demanded their followers abandon the charity – and the poor children it helps. But might doesn’t always make right – as the young founder of the “Revangelical” movement, Brandan Robertson, writes in a much-quoted column on the website Red Letter Christians. Brandan will be on the show to talk about the alienating effects of the culture wars on young people of faith.

And the Moral Mondays movement, born in North Carolina, have expanded to include states like Georgia. This weekend, Welton talks to the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Dr. Warnock was one of the faith leaders arrested at a recent Moral Monday protest, and will be on the show to talk about leading a congregation where Martin Luther King, Jr. was once pastor. It only makes sense that the struggle for justice continues to find a home in this historic congregation – and in this historic city.

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