This weekend, the world is watching the peaceful transfer of power that has been a hallmark of our democracy for over two centuries. On this week’s show, host Rev. Welton Gaddy will examine where we are at this moment in history, discuss loyal opposition efforts from part of the faith community, and present the life story of one of his own favorite writers.

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Butler is CEO of Faith in Public Life, a progressive, religion-driven public advocacy organization that brought over 200 faith leaders to Capitol Hill to express moral opposition to some of the incoming administration’s cabinet appointments. Dr. Butler briefed Welton on that action, and discussed what’s planned for the months ahead.

There are powerful reasons why the beloved Sufi Muslim poet Rumi has been inspiring readers for centuries. An in-depth exploration of his writings – and the life behind them – has just been published in the form of a new book. The title is Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love, and the author, Dr. Brad Gooch, will join Welton to, hopefully, reveal at least part of that secret.

And regular listeners doubtless know Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of Clal, as a soothing and thoughtful voice of moderation. That’s why a recent article quoting him as saying, ”religion has become little more than politics in drag” got our attention. If we know Rabbi Kula – and we think we do – there’s got to be an inspiring message behind even this stark sentiment.

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