What are the challenges for a faith leader dedicated to the “healing of the nations” in the current political – and cultural – environment? This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll ask a longtime voice for civil rights and spiritual awakening in our nation how he is addressing the profound changes we’ve seen in our national leadership.

Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church in New York City and executive director of the Healing of the Nations Foundation, who has worked for decades to advance the wellbeing of our society. Rev. Forbes, who is as busy now as he’s ever been, will share how he is addressing the policies of the Trump administration and working in partnership with other faith leaders who are concerned about the direction the country is heading.

The 2016 election saw the resurgence of the Religious Right as a leading force in shaping public policy. Increasingly, people of faith who are committed to the constitutional separation of church and state are allying with secular activists who share these values. We’ll explore this relationship with Kile Jones, an atheist activist from Arizona who recently joined the board of Interfaith Alliance, which defends the right of all Americans to worship as they wish, or not at all.

Finally, Welton will be joined by Fletcher Harper, executive director of Greenfaith, for a discussion of how the anti-environment policies of the Trump administration are impacting faith-inspired activism to protect creation. With so much attention being paid elsewhere, it’s time for us to give the environment the attention it deserves.

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