There seem to be so many crises and emergencies all at at once these days, that it’s difficult not to feel overwhelmed. Despite best intentions, many of us are left to wonder, “what can one person do, anyway?” The truth is, each one of us can do a lot. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll hear how one leader in Colorado is disrupting the situation around her and changing things for the better. We’ll also examine a new and widespread church sex abuse scandal, and learn about how one interfaith leader is calling for responsible leadership in an age of distrust.
A new investigation has uncovered approximately 700 cases of sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention over the course 20 years. The investigation has implicated nearly 400 Southern Baptist leaders and volunteers. To unpack the horror and violence long hidden within the denomination, State of Belief host Rev. Welton Gaddy will speak to the Rev. Dr. David Currie, Interfaith Alliance board member and former executive director of the organization Texas Baptists Committed.
For the past five years, the Rev. Amanda Henderson has served as the executive director of Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. She was recently named one of the leading 15 disruptors and changemakers in Denver by 1280 Magazine. During her tenure, she’s shepherded the organization as Colorado became the center of a national debate on religious freedom and civil liberties, in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case.
For decades, Bawa Jain has worked as a peacemaker and interfaith activist, tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. He served as secretary-general of The Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders and chairman of the World Council of Religious Leaders. Recently, Bawa has committed himself to launching the Center for Responsible Leadership. We’ll get details on this ambitious initiatitive.
And we’ll get a Word from Welton about the Supreme Court giving its blessing to the execution of a Muslim convict without the presence of an appropriate faith leader – a final dignity routinely granted to Christians on death row.