Happy holidays from all of us here at State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast. This week, we will look back at interfaith cooperation and activism over the past year, and we’ll revisit past shows that are well worth hearing again.

Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, will join host Rev. Welton Gaddy to talk about some of the biggest challenges in this unpredictable and often shocking year. They will also reflect on the hard-won victories of 2017 and look ahead to what’s to come in 2018.

In December 2006 – during our first year on air – Welton spoke with Rev. Joel Hunter. At the time, Hunter had stepped down from his position as the head of the Christian Coalition only months after being selected, alarmed over the same issues that have damaged the political religious right so badly during the intervening years. He made headlines again in 2017, after announcing he was stepping down as leader of the 20,000-strong Northland Church, Florida’s largest Evangelical congregation. At age 69, he says he wants to devote his time to starting a new ministry to help the poor and homeless. The interview may be nearly a decade old, but it offers essential insights for today.

As the political religious right continues to foment division between science and people of faith, it’s important to remember that there can be rational discussion of these topics. A great example is Welton’s 2006 interview with Stanford University evolutionary biologist Dr. Joan Roughgarden. She’s also the author of Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist.

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