We have something really special for you this week. State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, is in Atlanta for an exclusive conversation with former President Jimmy Carter, who is the author of a new book, Faith: A Journey for All.

Activist, author and pastor Brandan Robertson argues that no stories are untold, but, rather, they are unheard. An advocate for the faithful inclusion of LGBTQ persons in religious life, he told his own story in the 2016 book, Nomad: A Spirituality for Traveling Light. Now he’s helping make sure the stories of others are heard in a new collection of stories from marginalized people of faith, Our Witness: The unheard stories of LGBT+ Christians. Brandan will join host Welton on State of Belief this week to share some of the most moving stories he heard and what common threads emerged as he gathered the unheard stories.

The flurry of headlines over the past year trumpeting the rise of the religious left may suggest it’s a new phenomenon. The reality is, however, there has long been a link between religious beliefs and progressive values. A devout Baptist, who at 93 still teaches Sunday school nearly every week, former President Jimmy Carter has lived with a passion for justice, a devotion to stewardship of the earth and a commitment to nonviolence and even pacifism throughout his life – from the peanut farms in Georgia to the Oval Office in D.C. to the roofs of Habitat for Humanity homes around the world. Welton will speak with President Carter this week in an exclusive conversation about faith, doubt, working across lines of difference and former President Gerald Ford.

Oh, and why has Interfaith Alliance been expressing concern about Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo? This past Monday, the Alliance spearheaded a Capitol Hill briefing on the issue, bringing together a number of partner organizations. The whole thing was filmed by C-Span, but you’ll hear a few minutes of Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, speaking at the event.

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