This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’re marking Presidents’ Day by revisiting some of our favorite interviews from the past few years. We’ll also hear a new commentary about staying focused on what matters most with President Trump in the White House.
We’ll kick off this week’s show with host Rev. Welton Gaddy’s conversation last October with Sikh-American activist and filmmaker Valarie Kaur, who was traveling the country with other interfaith leaders on what they called the “Together Tour.” Her work is based on the need for what she calls “Revolutionary Love” — something we need now more than ever.
Next we’ll hear Welton’s interview last April with Robert P. Jones, founder and CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, which polled Americans about immigration and the pressing issue of unaccompanied minors at the US-Mexico border. We’ll hear some of the key takeaways, including how Americans’ views on addressing refugees and immigration differ from the approach Congress has taken in recent years.
We’ll also hear a 2014 interview with Rev. Alison Harrington, pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, whose advocacy for immigration reform is infused with scriptural context. Then we’ll hear a 2013 interview with Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, longtime social justice activist and Senior Minister at Judson Memorial Church in New York, who discussed the moral aspects of legislation that would have put millions of people on a path to citizenship but also would have excluded LGBT couples.
Finally, we’ll close with a new commentary by Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, about the need for faith communities to focus on what matters most during the Trump years. As Jack argues, relinquishing the prophetic voice in favor of the prurient would be a betrayal of our values and commitments.