November 10, 2012

This weekend, tune in to Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast State of Belief to hear great analysis on Tuesday’s election and its winners; to celebrate a historic step forward for marriage equality; and to explore a way beyond the partisan divide so many of us abhor.

What Happened: The Candidates
The votes have been tallied and the results are in – the election is over. Joining Welton this week is Greg Lebel, veteran of several presidential campaigns and assistant professor of political management at George Washington University. Professor Lebel, who has graciously given of his time and expertise to throughout this prolonged election cycle, offers some unique insights into Tuesday’s vote and why he thinks the election went the way it did. Hint: are we entering a post-extremist era?

What Happened: The Initiatives
In four states on Tuesday, the rights of LGBT Americans were put to a vote as marriage equality appeared in multiple forms on the ballot. And for the first time, voters turned away from abridging the rights of their LGBT neighbors. On this week’s State of Belief, we’ll look at those results with Rev. Pat Bumgardner, senior pastor at Metropolitan Community Church in New York City and a leader in the city’s human rights community. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of her ordination this week, Rev. Bumgardner is also the executive director of the Global Justice Institute.

What’s Next
The ads and robocalls may be over, but it was a long, rancorous political campaign season. While Governor Mitt Romney’s concession speech calling for unity was simple and sincere, many of his supporters were far less conciliatory. It’s going to take a lot to bring our divided nation together. One of the most eloquent voices on the subject of unity is Rabbi Irwin Kula, who joins Welton this week to talk about what’s next in healing the country’s partisan divisions.