This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, the Rev. Welton Gaddy and his guests take a look at how the interfaith community is responding to climate change, including a report from the largest mass action for our climate in history. We review the top religion news stories from the summer, including the delicate balance between faith and politics during the mid-term election season. And we’ll hear from the author of a new guidebook for faith communities on bisexuality.
Climate Change: Interfaith Communities Respond to a Global Challenge
Last Sunday, hundreds of thousands of activists marched in New York City, demanding action on global climate change. A diverse group of faith-driven organizations played a prominent role. The march featured a giant wooden ark, the product of collaboration between Greenfaith, Sojourners, and Auburn Theological Seminary. Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of Greenfaith will join Welton to discuss the success of the march, how faith-based organizations played an essential role, and how the ark can catalyze change. CLICK HERE FOR EXTENDED INTERVIEW AND TRANSCRIPT
Summer in Review: A Look Back at the Season’s Religion News
This week, Welton gets together with Executive Religion at The Huffington Post, the Rev. Paul Raushenbush, to look back at the top religion news stories from the summer. They review recent polls by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Pew Research that examine Americans’ views on religion in public life, and discuss a Duke University study that found a 10 percent increase in acceptance for lesbian and gay members among faith communities, though the results varied significantly across denominations.
“Bisexual Awareness Week”
Marie Alford-Harkey of the Religion Institute joins Welton to discuss her new book, Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities. They discuss the specific challenges faced by bisexual women and men, even as the struggle for equal rights continues for all LGBT Americans. Marie and Welton discuss how faith communities can be more welcoming to bisexual members, for the benefit of all.