This weekend, tune in to State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, to hear some of the conversations that Welton had at MountainTop 2013, a gathering for faith and secular leaders dedicated to the multifaith movement for justice.
MountainTop is a forum for the secular and the faithful to analyze the state of the multifaith movement for justice, to share goals, and to lay out ideas for moving forward toward those objectives. On this week’s show, we will hear from the Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, who is the president of Auburn Theological Seminary, the founding institution of this inspiring conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Giving a Voice to Refugees and Immigrants
Drost Kokoye and her family fled from Iraq when she was a young child. Facing her teenage years as a Muslim in a post-9/11 world, Drost was a victim of prejudice and racial discrimination. Today, Drost works as a multicultural organizer with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, ensuring that the voices of immigrants and refugees are heard and are recognized as positive contributions to the state. She will be joining Welton on this week’s show to discuss what steps her organization is taking to create an atmosphere of religious freedom and social, racial and economic justice in Tennessee.
Synthesis and Innovation
Ari Wallach has had numerous careers— in politics, public relations and nonprofits — all of which have culminated in his latest venture, a social innovation consulting firm. Synthesis formulates innovative strategies that lead to stronger connections among clients, customers and constituents. Ari will discuss how his firm keeps social justice on the forefront of its projects.
Sing a SONG
The major human rights organizations are clustered in New York and Washington, D.C., while the national media is still largely based in New York and Los Angeles. But what about the South? Caitlin Breedlove, Co-Director of Southerners on New Ground, or SONG, joins Welton to talk to us about some social justice initiatives that may not be on the national radar but are happening and are important. Her organization seeks to achieve justice in rural areas as it carries out it mission of LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender and sexuality in the South.