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This weekend, tune in to State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, to hear one Rabbi’s reflection on the past week in Boston and the beginning of interfaith healing; to learn about an openly gay journalist’s cross country search for God in America; and to catch up with Sister Simone Campbell from the Nuns on the Bus.

Interfaith Healing in Boston
When two explosions shook Boston during the marathon this past week, we all stopped in our tracks. As the investigation continues, from where does healing come? How do we turn to each other in love, rather than suspicion, at a time like this? Rabbi Matt Soffer of Temple Israel in Boston joins Welton this week to reflect on Boston after the bombing and to discuss the interfaith healing efforts underway.

Does Jesus Really Love Me?
An editor at Fast Company Magazine, Jeff Chu is an openly gay Christian who traveled the country in search of answers, a search he documented in a compelling new book, Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America. Chu joins Welton this week on State of Belief to talk about his book, which takes a very personal look at contemporary issues at the intersection of LGBT Americans’ life and religious faith.

Update on Nuns on the Bus
When the Archbishop of Buenos Aires was elected pope last month, it’s fair to say it caught a lot of folks off guard. His first weeks as Pope Francis did the same, with some feeling hope that a Church that had grown increasingly political and exclusionary may take a different turn. But, based on reports out of Rome this week, an important concern for many American Catholics – the crackdown on so-called “feminist women religious” in the United States by the Pope’s predecessor – is set to continue. This week, Welton catches up with Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby and organizer of the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign.

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