Happy New Year! As the blank page of another year – and another decade – lies before us, we recommit to taking an unblinking look at both the gravity of the challenges facing our nation, and the breadth of opportunities for making things better, and bringing us together. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll look at the challenges American sanctuary churches are facing, the role of faith leaders in blocking impeachment, and an ambitious new effort to bring Evangelical Christians and Muslim Americans into dialogue with each other.
Among the growing number of faith communities being threatened financially for being a sanctuary church is Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego, California, where Senior Pastor Brandan Robertson has been leading a campaign to bring awareness to this growing problem and explore solutions. State of Belief host Rev. Welton Gaddy welcomes Brandan back to the show for a firsthand account.
Later on this week’s show, Welton will be joined once again by Sarah Posner, Reporting Fellow at Type Investigations, whose article The Army of Prayer Warriors Fighting Trump’s Impeachment appeared recently in the Huffington Post. Sarah brings years of expertise reporting on the nexus of money, political power, and the segment of American religion that thrives on both.
The level of mistrust between some faith communities in this country is not always accidental. We’ve seen years of marginalization of American Muslims, and the tactic has been more effective on some groups than on others. Neighborly Faith is a project specifically bringing evangelical Christians and American Muslims into dialogue and fellowship, and Welton will get details from co-founder Kevin Singer.