As more and more of us find ourselves working from home – or just stuck at home – State of Belief, the weekly radio program and podcast from Interfaith Alliance takes a look at what’s holding the nation’s attention, and what might be falling by the wayside at a time such as this. We’ll address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic – and the government’s response – on the most marginalized among us, as well as the response of activists and communities of faith to the crisis we all face right now. And we’ll throw in a little electoral political strategy, too – just for flavor.

The NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice has been at the forefront of calling for a moral federal budget, advocating for faith-inspired refugee policies and giving priority to mending the gaps in our social and economic fabric as a nation. With the kind of nationwide engagement that’s only possible with numerous “Nuns on the Bus” outreach tours, NETWORK Executive Director Sister Simone Campbell will spend time with State of Belief host Rev. Welton Gaddy raising up some of the most affected – and least supported – among us in this time of crisis.

The rapidly-evolving pandemic is straining health care resources across the globe… While some of the luminaries of the political religious right continue to play politics with both faith – and human lives. A standout example was Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. initially refusing to cancel classes at the institution, instead going on Fox News to claim the crisis was largely manufactured to hurt Donald Trump’s presidency! In this post-truth era, Interfaith Alliance President Rabbi Jack Moline will be back with us to discuss the positive role religion can be playing instead.

While the presidential campaign is justifiably out of the spotlight right now, abandoning the timeline of our democracy would be regrettable – and difficult to undo. So we’re ending this week’s show with an insightful interview recorded a couple of weeks ago with Pastor Dan Schultz, a minister in the United Church of Christ and a prolific writer on issues of religion and politics. He recently challenged Democratic conventional wisdom with a Religion Dispatches column headlined, The Myth of the Pro-Life Swing Voter the Dems Must Chase.

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