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

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio – 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, […]

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

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

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

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

IRS to Defend the Pulpit; Young Conservatives for Marriage Equality; and How Ethical Are We? – Next State of Belief!

Welton’s back! And here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio – Young conservatives say “enough is enough” with all this anti-gay focus on the part of the GOP. They’re taking their message of support for marriage equality to the primary states – and Donna Red Wing, Exeecutive Director of One Iowa […]

Guest Host Bishop Gene Robinson: Next State of Belief!

Guest Host Bishop Gene Robinson: Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio: The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, the recently retired Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress is filling in for Welton Gaddy this weekend. Refugees or invaders? The rhetoric over unaccompanied minors crossing our border is heating […]

Faith in Faiths, #bornperfect, and Global Crises: Next State of Belief!

Faith in Faiths, #bornperfect, and Global Crises: Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio: Greg Lebel, Assistant Professor of Political Management and Director of the Semester in Washington Program at George Washington University, fills in for Welton Gaddy this week. Who do you trust? And how much does their religion – and yours – influence that trust? A […]

Religion News Service Editor-in-chief Kevin Eckstrom

Laws, Lawsuits and Religious Liberty – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio: Kevin Eckstrom, Editor-in-chief at the invaluable Religion News Service, fills in for Welton Gaddy this week. Laws, Lawsuits, and Religious Liberty. Activists call for limiting too-broad “religious exemptions” in a non-discrimination executive order as well as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. We talk to Rabbi […]

Hobby Lobby Wins: Jay Michaelson, Sarah Posner, Brian McLaren and Katherine Franke Respond

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio: A dangerous ruling from the Supreme Court. You’ll hear analysis and comment from expert voices on the collision of religion and politics, when we’re joined by Dr. Jay Michaelson, journalist Sarah Posner and the Rev. Brian McLaren. Jay’s written widely on the case, most […]

Hobby Lobby “A Grave Error”: Welton on the Rachel Maddow Show

“A grave error”: State of Belief host Welton Gaddy responded to the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling on The Rachel Maddow Show Monday night.

Culture Wars and the Mormon Church, From Outside and Inside; Independent Journalism in Idaho – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio: The Mormon Church cracks down on dissent with the threat of excommunication aimed at two prominent activists. We’ll talk with Bruce Bastian, who left the Church 20 years ago but still has strong feelings about his experiences as a gay Mormon. You’ll also meet […]