It is with profound sadness that we mark the passing of our dear friend and colleague Donna Red Wing. She was a giant on religious freedom and LGBTQ issues, with an unparalleled understanding of how those two issues intersect. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we will take time to remember Donna, whose impact on American life goes far beyond Interfaith Alliance.

This weekend, people in more than 193 countries will mark Earth Day, which was first celebrated in 1970. The Earth Day Network is responsible for coordinating these activities around the world. Kathleen Rogers, president of the network, will join State of Belief host Rev. Welton Gaddy this week to talk about the theme behind this year’s celebration and how faith-inspired activists can mark Earth Day in a meaningful way.

Interfaith Alliance Board Member Bishop Carlton Pearson is the subject of a star-studded new Netflix film, “Come Sunday,” about his spiritual journey and battle with the religious establishment. The movie, which was directed by Josh Marston and produced by Ira Glass of “This American Life,” is set in 1998 after the beloved Tulsa, Oklahoma, minister experienced a divine epiphany following a news report about Rwandan genocide victims. Facing calls to recant and branded a heretic after preaching a new “Gospel of Inclusion” that expresses a disbelief in the idea of hell, Pearson goes on a personal, physical and spiritual journey to help the faithful re-examine what it means to be reconciled with God. Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, had the opportunity to speak with Bishop Pearson following an exclusive, advanced screening of the film hosted by the Alliance, and we’ll bring you that conversation on State of Belief this week.

LGBTQ rights, religious freedom, prison reform – over the years, if there was an issue that was hurting people, it was impossible to keep activist and organizer Donna Red Wing from getting involved. This past Monday Donna left us, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was an unwavering supporter of Interfaith Alliance and a cherished friend to many on our team. This week, we’ll share highlights of her last State of Belief interview, as well as the unforgettable words Donna spoke at the 2017 Women’s March in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

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