Friday marked International Women’s Day, an annual celebration of the strength and achievements of women. It’s also reminder of how critical it is that women’s voices are a part of the conversation. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll hear an extended conversation with a woman who has long been a pioneer in the Catholic Church.

For more than half a century, Sister Joan Chittister has been a passionate voice for women’s rights in a denomination that has not always seemed eager to prioritize the issue. Now, she is offering a vision for readers to combat complacency and to propel them toward creating a world of justice, freedom, peace and empowerment in a new book, The Time is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage, which was released this past week. Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, will sit down with Sister Joan for a special extended conversation with the theologian, educator and author.

Last weekend, observing the 54th anniversary of the infamous “Bloody Sunday,” a diverse group of prominent leaders, religious and otherwise, made a pilgrimage to Selma, Alabama. Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, was among the leaders who joined Congressman John Lewis on the Edmund Pettus Bridge through an event organized by the Faith & Politics Institute. Rabbi Moline will join Welton this week to share the highlights of this memorable pilgrimage and how the events on the bridge more than 50 years ago have become even more relevant in recent years.

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