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This weekend, tune in to State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, to find out what the comprehensive immigration reform bill means for the American LGBT community, to learn about a project that helps faith leaders who’ve lost faith, and to hear from one rabbi about why parenthood makes the world better. Download Icon

Inclusive Immigration
June, traditionally celebrated as Gay Pride Month, is here, and with it comes a slew of federal decisions that will affect the American LGBT community. In addition to the Supreme Court’s plans to rule on the notorious Defense of Marriage Act, the U.S. Senate is turning its attention to the comprehensive immigration reform bill, which as of now does not include language that would grant all Americans the right to sponsor a same-gender spouse for immigration. Joining Welton on the show this week is Hadar Susskind, the director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, to talk about the chances of – and the need for – an inclusive policy for same-gender families. CLICK HERE FOR EXTENDED INTERVIEW VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT

Faith Leaders Who’ve Lost Faith
While leading a faith community is both a spiritual gift and great honor, it is also a great responsibility. Priests, ministers, rabbis, imams, or other leaders are assumed to have strong and permanent faith, but sometimes faith can be lost. What happens if a leader realizes one day that he no longer possess the faith that he espouses? Does she continue living a life in ministry or does she walk away from everything she has known and worked for? On this week’s show, you’ll meet one former faith leader who went through this experience, Catherine Dunphy. Catherine now serves as the executive director of The Clergy Project, a group that works to help faith leaders who have lost their faith. CLICK HERE FOR EXTENDED INTERVIEW VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT

The Case for Children
In today’s fast-paced, always-evolving world, anyone trying to make a living, participate in creating positive change and also raising a family faces some special challenges. Rabbi Simcha Weinstein is on State of Belief to talk about parenthood, why it can be funny and his new book on the matter: The Case for Children: Why Parenthood Makes Your World Better. Rabbi Weinstein is an internationally known best-selling author who was recently voted “New York’s Hippest Rabbi” and chairs the Religious Affairs Committee at Pratt Institute.

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