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State of Belief wishes all those celebrating this week a happy holiday! On this show, we’ll bring you the latest from several leading religious activists. Sister Simone Campbell joins us again to reflect on her great work with Nuns on the Bus, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield gives us his perspective on Passover and the President of American Atheists lets us in on the activism his organization has taken up to make America more inclusive to the secular community. Download Icon

A Nun on the Bus
Skeptics may have thought, and their opponents may have hoped, that the Nuns on the Bus would be a short-lived movement for social change and justice, but Sister Simone Campbell and NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby have proven indefatigable. This week, Welton has the privilege of discussing with Sister Simone her new book, A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community. Tune in for this exciting update from one of today’s titans of religious activism.

American Atheists At Easter: A Preview of a Conference in Salt Lake City
Next, Welton checks in with a growing group of Americans too often overlooked during this holiday season. David Silverman is the president of American Atheists, an organization committed to the separation of church and state and the inclusion of Atheists in American public life. As the organization hosts its national convention this weekend, David shares his thoughts on the role that American Atheists plays in our nation’s religious and political discourse, as well as the challenges of personal relationships between people of faith and no faith.

Of Peeps and Pesach: A Rabbi Shares His Thoughts For This Passover
Finally, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield from CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership – will offer some reflections on the Passover holiday. What significance does Passover play in the Jewish community? What is its important role in Jewish social justice work and communal life? And, perhaps, Welton will try to coax Rabbi Hirschfield into sharing his thoughts on the recent blockbuster, “Noah.” Don’t miss this chance to wind your Passover down with a thoughtful and accomplished Jewish scholar.

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