In the aftermath of last week’s tragic shooting in Tucson, Interfaith Alliance presents a special edition of its weekly radio show and podcast State of Belief. As our country grieves from the loss of six lives and the injuries to 14 others, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, we look to three prominent religious leaders representing three different faiths. Each shares thoughts on the tragedy, and its effects on individuals and on society. You’ll hear from:
…Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City.
…Imam Khalid Latif, chaplain and director of the Islamic Center at New York University, and the Muslim chaplain for the New York Police Department.
…Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church in New York City, and the Founder and President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation.
Among the questions that Rev. Gaddy raises with these faith leaders, we discuss: What wisdom or comfort does your faith tradition offer to those trying to make sense of this tragedy and of their own feelings? As Martin Luther King, Jr. Day approaches, what thoughts do you have on the impact that losing a leader to assassination has on a society? And, how do we reconcile the impulse for revenge with the spiritual principle of nonviolence?
In addition, Rev. Gaddy shares his impressions of President Obama’s compassionate speech at Wednesday night’s memorial service at the University of Tucson.