This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’re celebrating the holiday with a remarkable interview from the past.

    Host Rev. Welton Gaddy was joined in 2013 for the full show by Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, the retired Episcopal Bishop of Newark, NJ, who had recently authored the book, “The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic.” Spong, a longtime friend of State of Belief, is one of our nation’s leading — and most controversial — theologians.

    In a wide-ranging and candid conversation, Welton and Bishop Spong talk about his life growing up in the segregated, homophobic south and the path that led him toward an ever-increasing understanding of the need for acceptance and inclusion. They also discuss some of the opposition that Spong has faced over the years, and the tragedy of closeted gay faith leaders in the Episcopal Church.

    You won’t want to miss this fascinating conversation about the church, human sexuality and the potential for Christianity to remain relevant in a changing world.

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