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Faith Leaders on Ferguson; Anti-Gay World Congress of Families Exposed; and leaving the Religious Right – Next State of Belief!

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The ongoing tensions in Ferguson, MO following the police shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old African American man have sparked a conversation among faith leaders nationwide. This week, we bring together two leading voices on faith and social justice – National Cathedral Dean, the Most Rev. Dr. Gary Hall, and the Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins, Senior Minister at the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington, DC and the head of the DNC’s faith outreach effort.

Also, an important new report from the Human Rights Campaign, titled Exposed: The World Congress of Families, An American Organization Exporting Hate. Sadly, it seems anything with the word “family” in its name guarantees a rabidly anti-gay position these days – and WCF is no exception. We’ll speak with the report’s author, Rebecca Parks.

And what does it take to leave behind a lifetime of religious right political activism? Joyce Elaine White, recently profiled for the American Prospect by investigative journalist Sarah Posner in a piece titled The Chains of Dominion, talks to Welton about their shared backgrounds and journeys of conscience.

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Nuns vs. Bishops; New Voter Guide; No LGBT Rights on the African Leader Summit Agenda – Next State of Belief!

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The tensions between the Vatican and American women religious. We’ll hear about the recent annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and award recipient Sister Elizabeth Johnson’s unvarnished speech from writer Patricia Miller. Patti wrote about the assembly for Religion Dispatches Magazine.

What about religion once again getting injected into election-year politics? Interfaith Alliance has a new voter guide out – and we’ll discuss some of the specific problems we’re working to help avoid, with writer Sarah Posner. The guide is available for free online.

Also, why were LGBT rights missing from the agenda at the recent African Leader Summit? We’ll ask Colin Stewart of 76crimes.com

And Welton will have some thoughts to share about the ongoing turmoil in Missouri, and the diverse faith leaders who are stepping up to mediate – and help with healing.

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The struggle against violence, injustice and hate – next State of Belief!

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After the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old African American in Missouri, the response of some in the community has caught many off guard. What does this tell us about the state of race in this country? Welton will talk with Pastor Mike McBride of Lifelines to Healing, part of the PICO Network, whose work includes a series of Live Free Sabbaths.

With crises flaring around the world, many say we are witnessing domestic fallout – as groups see an increase in targeting based on religion and ethnicity. The Arab American Institute has a new report out on worsening anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim attitudes, and we’ll talk to the Institute’s President, Dr. James Zogby.

And with incidents of anti-Semitism on the rise both in the US and overseas, what, if anything, can we do? Rabbi Brad Hirschfeld of Clal, the the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership will be with us to talk about that.

And Welton has some words to share about the sad passing of actor and comedian Robin Williams.

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