Happy Holidays! This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’re looking back to some of our favorite interviews from years past.
We’ll begin with host Rev. Welton Gaddy’s 2007 conversation with Jon Meacham, then-editor-in-chief of Newsweek, and the Washington Post’s Sally Quinn about the launch of On Faith — an online project exploring the intersection of faith, culture and politics. Then we’ll hear part of a 2006 interview with a then-14-year-old religion blogger from Texas about the challenges of writing about progressive religion.
We will explore the history and legend of Santa Claus in one of our favorite holiday season interviews. We spoke with Dr. Adam English in 2012, author of “The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra.” Then we’ll hear from journalist Amy Sullivan, who in 2011 called for rescuing Jesus and his teachings from the American cultural version of the Christmas celebration.
Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 24th this year. On this week’s show, we’ll also hear our 2014 conversation with Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, on the origins and significance of the holiday and how it is celebrated.