This week marks the tenth year of State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast. When we started the show, we aimed to reach new audiences and extend a message of religious inclusivity and how faith can positively impact our society. This last decade was only the beginning. It could not have been possible without the generous contributions and support from our listeners. Donate today to help keep us strong for our second decade.
We’ll begin the show with a clip from our first episode- an interview with the iconic newsman and tireless religious freedom advocate Walter Cronkite. Our host, Rev. Welton Gaddy, will then sit down with the key players who helped us get on the air in 2006- Thaler Pekar, who today is with the Thaler Pekar & Partners communication firm, and Isaac-Davy Aronson, now producer of the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. And, finally, Rabbi Jack Moline, Interfaith Alliance’s executive director, will look forward to the challenges religious freedom faces in 2016 and how, together, we can overcome them.
The Most Trusted Man in America
When Interfaith Alliance was born in 1994, the Christian Coalition was uniting religious and political conservatives. Prominent leaders allied themselves with the movement and skillfully used the media. Interfaith Alliance desperately needed a face to stand for the idea of protecting faith and freedom for all Americans- a face that was recognizable and trusted. Retired CBS News Anchor Walter Cronkite gave us both his endorsement and participation. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the late Walter Conkite, who was the very first guest on State of Belief. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE FIRST SHOW FROM JANUARY 15, 2006
Progress Toward Inclusion
Ten years ago, Thaler Pekar and Isaac-Davy Aronson worked on the launch of State of Belief. What were those early days like? How has the public landscape changed? This reunion will be a unique chance to reminisce, and overview a decade of changes we’ve seen in the treatment of religious progressives, the landscape of religious liberty, and the intersection of Church and State
Bringing Civility Back to Public Rhetoric
It’s finally 2016- and that means the election is slightly closer than it was before. But seriously, the first votes in the primary are just around the corner, and the interminable presidential campaign is taking a stark turn. Politicians will say just about anything to stand out in the primaries- and lately, we have heard a lot of hateful rhetoric. Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of our parent organization, Interfaith Alliance, will talk about using the media to advance an agenda of tolerance and inclusion, religion in the State of the Union Address, and how uncivil public rhetoric can stand in the way of progress.
Rev. Gaddy Remembers
As part of our 10th anniversary celebration, host Welton Gaddy reflects on ten years of continuous broadcasting – that’s 520 shows, thousands of interviews… and a certain rental car in Charlotte, North Carolina.