This weekend marks 11 years of continuous broadcasting for State of Belief Radio. It was launched and has been sustained by Interfaith Alliance as well as the generous support of listeners like you. On this week’s show, host Rev. Welton Gaddy will reflect on the show’s past and look ahead to how State of Belief will tackle the challenges on the horizon.

Every January, we like to get an update from Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner, a longtime ordained leader in the Metropolitan Community Church who serves as Senior Pastor of the New York City congregation and executive director of the Global Justice Institute. She’ll update Welton on the challenges that LGBTQI persons and members of minority faith traditions face around the world.

We are less than a week away from the inauguration of Donald Trump. Welton will be joined by regular State of Belief guest Greg Lebel to help us make sense of the latest political developments and know what to expect on January 20th and beyond. Lebel just turned another page in his illustrious career as he retired from his position as assistant professor of political management at George Washington University. We’re lucky to still have access to his insights.

Finally, Welton will be joined again by pastor Dan Schultz, who will discuss his provocative Religion Dispatches article, headlined “Why being ‘faith-friendly’ isn’t worth it for Democrats.” While many feel the Democrats need to work harder to appeal to religious voters, Schultz will lay out his case to the contrary.

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