This past Tuesday, September 11, marked 17 years since the world all Americans knew changed, forever. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we will hear about survivors and families of victims who resolutely continue to demand that that tragic day is not misused to feed fear and hate. We’ll also hear the next installment of our Whosoever You Love series affirming the worth and full value of LGBTQ persons within and beyond religion. And Church Clarity will offer an update of their important work.

The attacks on September 11, 2001, were tragic and unprecedented. Yet, the way politicians and talk show hosts misappropriated our grief and the world’s outrage continues to echo around the globe today. State of Belief host Rev. Welton Gaddy will speak with Nancy Meyer of September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, a dedicated group of survivors and families of victims working to bring a message of hope and peace in the aftermath of their trauma.

Then, Welton will speak with Dr. Jacqueline Bussie about her new book, Love Without Limits: Jesus’s Radical Vision for Love with No Exceptions. The book investigates how what she identifies as the genuine following of Jesus’ teachings requires inclusivity of everyone and how it could lead to a more peaceful and loving world. Dr. Bussie is also the award-winning author of the book Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the ‘Rules’, and a sought-after speaker on issues of faith and life, interfaith peace-building, and the radical love of God and neighbor.

This conversation is a part of Whosoever You Love, our semi-monthly series affirming the worth and full value of LGBTQ persons within and beyond religion, is supported by the Arcus Foundation, dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. Learn more about Arcus and its partners at ArcusFoundation.org.

Far too many people, especially LGBTQ people of faith, find it difficult to discern what a given church might really teach about inclusivity when they first step in the door. One organization is working to change that by advocating faith communities make their position clear so that people know what they’re walking into. Sarah Ngu, co-founder of Church Clarity, will join Welton on State of Belief this week to discuss the need for authenticity in religion and what the organization has in store for the future.

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