2015

October 17, 2015 – Debates, Division, and a Documentary

This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, Rev. Welton Gaddy returns to explore religion in three very different settings: the presidential debates, as a fault line in the Vatican, and in a documentary from Oprah Winfrey. Investigative journalist Sarah Posner, will discuss the role of religion, or lack thereof, […]

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October 10, 2015 – What Kind of Week Has It Been?

This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, Ray Kirstein sits in for Welton Gaddy and takes a look back at the troubling and chaotic week in politics. Our go-to political analyst, Greg Lebel, will walk us through the leadership crisis that broke out in the House of Representatives in […]

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October 3, 2015 – Electoral Politics in Iowa

On this episode of State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, Rev. Welton Gaddy takes a closer look at electoral politics through the lens of the upcoming caucuses in Iowa, focusing on how local organizations are attempting to prepare for them. Donna Red Wing, executive director of OneIowa, the state’s leading LGBT […]

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September 26, 2015 – Pope Francis Goes To Washington

From Pope Francis’ first visit to the U.S. to Ben Carson’s comments about American Muslims, the celebration of Eid al Adha to the observance of Yom Kippur – this was the type of week that us interfaith junkies live for. On this episode of State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, Rev. […]

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September 19, 2015 – Language in Politics

Language, much like religion, can be a powerful tool for bringing people together, but also pushing people apart. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, Rev. Welton Gaddy will look at the role language plays in our political and religious conversations. First, he will explore the rhetoric involved in […]

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September 12, 2015 – Facets of Faith, from the Courtroom to the Bus

This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, Rev. Welton Gaddy will looks at faith on the bus and in the courtroom. We will hear from NETWORK’s executive director, Sister Simone Campbell, as the nuns get back on the bus. Then, Welton turns to journalist Sarah Posner to discuss the […]

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September 5, 2015 – Labor Day and Looking Back

This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, Rev. Welton Gaddy sits down with several special guests to talk about the role of faith in political and public life. We’ll hear from Interfaith Alliance Executive Director Rabbi Jack Moline about the potential dangers of mixing government and religion for political […]

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August 29, 2015 – The Struggle for Religious Freedom Goes South

From the Deep South to Southern Europe, struggles for religious freedom are sending ripples across our communities. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, Rev. Welton Gaddy takes a look at three different conflicts facing religious communities. We’ll hear about Texas Freedom Network’s fight to keep Christian education out […]

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August 22, 2015 – Remembering Julian Bond, Interpreting Donald Trump and Exposing Christian Reconstructionists

Donald Trump may not seem share a lot in common with the average preacher (at least not our host Welton Gaddy), but both could end up shaping the political landscape in 2016. This week on State of Belief, our host Rev. Welton Gaddy, examines the Trump phenomenon with Prof. George Lakoff, one of America’s leading […]

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August 15th, 2015 – Race, Religion and Reproductive Rights on the 2016 Campaign Trail

As the 2016 elections heat up across the country, things are heating up on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, as well (and not just because it’s 104 degrees in Welton’s home town of Monroe, LA). This week we check in with several experts about the religious dimensions of the race […]

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