In times of oppression, corruption and injustice, how should we choose to navigate politics? This question has remained constant among political activists, leaders and advocates for centuries. It is difficult not to ruminate on these questions as, in the coming weeks, we approach the State of the Union Address, aftermath of the impeachment trial, and the first caucuses of the 2020 election.

This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will look into the historic importance and continued relevance of standing up for moral action in the face of injustice, regardless of the consequences from two very different figures.

Interfaith Alliance Board member and early champion of State of Belief radio Alex D. Forger will join host Rev. Welton Gaddy to discuss Alex’s life and career as a successful businessman and attorney during a time of ever-growing coziness between moneyed interests and the emerging political religious right. We’ll get the insights of this longtime activist on the state of justice and democracy in America.

In early 1933, German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer delivered a radio address to the nation warning Germany of the rise of the Nazi party, leading to his eventual execution at the hands of the Nazis. Rev. Rob Schenck, president of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute in Washington D.C., will join Welton to discuss whether the history we are currently creating is one parallel to a “Bonhoeffer Moment.”

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