Across the country this weekend, hundreds of thousands of students and supporting adults will take to the streets to demand an end to gun violence. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll have an opportunity to speak with some of the students who will be taking part in the March for Our Lives.

Will Saltzburg, a student from Pennsylvania and membership vice president at NFTY – the Reform Jewish Youth Movement, will be in Washington, D.C. for the national march. In another part of the country, Natalie Daskal, a student from Illinois, is helping to organize the sibling march in Chicago. State of Belief host Rev. Welton Gaddy will speak to both Will and Natalie about why they’re marching and what they want adults to know about their activism.

Our partner organization Interfaith Alliance is also supporting the march, including partnering with Sugar Shack donuts to support Food for Our Lives, an effort to provide free or discounted meals to student activists this weekend. Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, will speak with Welton this week about how heritage organizations like ours can – and must – support the next generation of leaders in this country.

The seeming nonstop flood of conflict and controversy over the past year makes it almost impossible to disconnect and pursue deeper – for some of us this means spiritual – contemplation. Ironically, however, it’s at times such as this that mindfulness and spiritual practices can be the most valuable. Welton will talk to Jana Riess about an inspiring new way to disconnect and recharge. Riess is the co-author of a new book: The Prayer Wheel: A Daily Guide to Renewing Your Faith with a Rediscovered Spiritual Practice.

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