This weekend, tune in to State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, to get an insider’s scoop on the Vice President’s meetings on reducing gun violence; to find out why Gallup’s editor-in-chief thinks that “God is Alive and Well” in America despite some polls to the contrary; to look at what we might expect from President Obama’s second term; and to hear from Congressman John Lewis of Georgia about his time with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lifelines to Healing
Prior to giving his recommendations to the President, Vice President Joe Biden met with many groups on all sides of the effort to reduce gun violence. One of those meetings was with faith leaders. This week, Welton speaks with the Rev. Michael McBride, who was in that meeting. Pastor Mike leads The Way Christian Life Center in Berkeley, California, and is the lead organizer of Lifelines to Healing, a campaign of the PICO National Network, a faith-based community-organizing network. Click here for extended interview video and transcript.
God is Alive and Well: The Future of Religion in America
Last year, several polls showing significant growth in the number of Americans identifying with no organized religion – the “nones” – made plenty of headlines. But the head of a leading polling organization joins us on State of Belief to argue that “God is Alive and Well” in America. He’s Dr. Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at Gallup Polling and author of the new book God is Alive and Well: The Future of Religion in America.
Looking Ahead to the Second Term
Greg Lebel has been with State of Belief every step of the way on the campaign trail in 2011 and 2012. So, it’s especially fitting that he joins Welton this inaugural weekend to look ahead to President Obama’s second term, and how the campaign mode that didn’t end with the election may affect governing. Prof. Lebel is a veteran of several presidential campaigns and is assistant professor of political management at George Washington University. Click here for extended interview video and transcript.
Congressman John Lewis on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil rights hero John Lewis marched with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was severely beaten during the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, and was elected to Congress in 1981 from Georgia – a seat he continues to hold today. Congressman Lewis returns to State of Belief this week to talk with Welton about the Rev. Dr. King’s legacy and the significance of President Barack Obama’s inauguration for a second term. Click here for extended interview video and transcript.