In 2020

Now more than ever, it is crucial that all of us do our part to flatten the curve by minimizing personal contact — and that includes our State of Belief team. In that spirit, this week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will hear excerpts from Interfaith Alliance’s new Facebook Live series Stay Home, Stay Focused, hosted by Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance. Inspired by State of Belief, the series is focused on issues of justice, resilience, and religious freedom, featuring many of your favorite guests.

The American spirit is built on religious pluralism — a notion that we must continue to recognize and celebrate in trying times. Zeenat Rahman, director of the Aspen Institute’s Inclusive America Project, will join Rabbi Jack Moline to discuss how the project is adapting to new challenges presented by the virus.

The rise of COVID-19 is bringing with it an entirely new set of attacks on church-state separation from those on the religious right. Jack will speak with Rachel Laser — president and CEO of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State — to discuss these challenges and how the organization is rising to meet them.

Amid fear, uncertainty and xenophobia, protecting the rights of religious minorities is more important than ever. Suhag Shukla, co-founder and executive director of the Hindu American Foundation, will join Jack to discuss how HAF is continuing its advocacy for fair treatment of Hindu Americans and other religious minorities in legislatures and classrooms across the country.

This week’s show rounds off with a familiar voice. Our very own Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief and president emeritus of Interfaith Alliance, will join Jack to talk about how we can stay focused on the issues that matter to us in a time marked by fear and uncertainty.

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