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From the push in many states right now to end so-called gay conversion therapy, to, on the flip side, the Texas Senate bill that would allow medical professionals to deny care to LGBTQ+ people on the basis of their identity, the culture war seems far from over in legislatures and communities across the country. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll hear from a couple of authors who have each written books addressing some of the salient cultural and religious shifts taking place in our country.

Remarkably productive, relentlessly inspiring, Brandan Robertson is a young evangelical LGBTQ activist, author, and the pastor of Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego, California. This week, Rev. Welton C. Gaddy, host of State of Belief, will sit down with Brandan to discuss his newly released book released, entitled, The Gospel of Inclusion: A Christian Case for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the Church.

This conversation is part of Whosoever You Love, our semi-monthly series affirming the worth and full value of LGBTQ persons within and beyond religion. Whosoever You Love is supported by the Arcus Foundation, which is dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. Find the entire series at www.whosoeveryou.love.

One of the greatest dangers facing our civilization right now is the incredible polarization of people along ideological lines, and the refusal even to consider ideas that might be stray from  strict adherence to a particular ideology. Self-described evangelical Christian and Messiah College history professor Dr. John Fea will join Welton on State of Belief this week to discuss his new book entitled, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump, and to explore the consequences of the win-at-all-costs politics that so many on the religious right have embraced in the past decade.

There are all kinds of activism in times of war. Some work for peace. Others offer help for the wounded. Others still devote themselves to nurturing recovery in war’s aftermath. A very special kind of activism has been evident in suffering, battle-scarred Syria. And on this week’s show, Welton will explore the work of the Preemptive Love Coalition, an organization doing just that, led by activist Diana Oestreich. Committed to staring pain in the face and choosing to love anyway, Diana is a former Army combat medic who served in the Iraq War and a sexual assault nurse examiner.

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