From bitter partisan divides to a President’s reliance on inflammatory rhetoric, the current political climate is defined by incendiary language. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, Helio Fred Garcia, founder of Logos Consulting Group and author of the upcoming book Words on Fire: The Power of Incendiary Language and How to Confront It, will join us to discuss the risks of such a tenor, and how to mitigate explosive language in an age of hyperbole.

The rapid spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, is capturing global attention and significantly impacting how people all over the world are living, learning, and praying. Now more than ever, communities are looking for a sense of stability amid increasing unpredictability and unusual times. Italy is one of the countries being hit hardest by the virus. To discuss its impact on faith and faith communities, Welton will be joined by Italy-based Elisa Di Bendetto, co-managing executive director of the International Association of Religion Journalists.

When it comes to anti-hunger advocacy, Bread for the World is one of the most respected and well-known faith-based advocacy organizations in the field. Recently, the Rev. Dr. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, announced his retirement after almost 30 years with the organization. Rev. Beckmann will join Welton to discuss his long tenure and what the future holds for anti-hunger, anti-poverty advocacy.

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