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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

The Hobby Lobby Hearing; Bending the Arc Toward Immigration Justice; A New World Vision – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio: The Hobby Lobby Case – Jay Michaelson was inside the Supreme Court for oral arguments, and he’ll tell us what he saw – and what it looks like the Justices may decide when they rule on this imporatnt religious liberty suit this summer. Inspiring […]

Westboro, Post-Phelps; Radical Giving for World Water Day; Supremes Take Up a Hobby – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio: What’s next for the Westboro Baptist Church? With founder Fred Phelps, Sr. dead, we’ll get the perspective of Dr. Rebecca Barrett-Fox, a sociologist who specializes in hate group dynamics – and wrote her dissertation on Westboro. March 22nd is World Water Day. We’ll talk […]

UMC Marriage; Sarah at CPAC; and Faith Leaders for Fairness in Uganda – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio: Is the United Methodist Church evolving on marriage equality?  A possibly encouraging sign was the action Bishop Martin McLee of the New York Conference took this week in committing to ending church trials of clergy who perform same-gender weddings. Jimmy Creech, who’s devoted his […]

Ukraine v. Russia; Defense Cuts; and Immigration Activism – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio: Crisis in Ukraine. A leading theologian explains how Russia came to see itself as justified through religion, and what Western leaders need to understand about that if they hope to respond in an effective way. The Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite expands on the […]

Classrooms Religion Belongs in, and Others in Which it Doesn’t; Christian Roots of Gay Marriage; Kansas Bigotry Law – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio: American education and religion: what’s helping, what’s hurting. The creationist assault on science education is pouring into classrooms like Noah’s flood – Welton talks to activist Zack Kopplin about the most dangerous state-level initiatives. Zack started work on the issue while still in high […]

Wrapping up A Prophetic Vision for A New Year: Where We’re Going, How We’ll Get There

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio: Religion as a force for good – and the growing push for faith-based activism around issues of economic justice, immigration, voting rights, gun violence, and more. From the Vatican to North Carolina, a diverse but focused movement is building that has the potential to […]

Big Bishops and Little Sisters; The Power of Stories; and Global Justice at Sochi: Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio: The Supreme Court weighs in on nuns and birth control! No, it’s not what it sounds like. But the implications may be widespread, and we’ll hear about them from Patricia Miller, who’s written about the Little Sisters case and the history of the Bishops […]