As Thanksgiving arrives and kicks off the holiday season, the presidential transition is also ramping up. President-elect Biden has announced several of his Cabinet nominees and President Trump is showing signs of relenting by allowing the General Services Administration to begin the transition, all while COVID-19 cases rise to record-levels across the country. On this week’s episode of State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will discuss these issues and more by analyzing their impact on communities of faith and the world around us.

In the 2002 film What Do You Believe, director Sarah Feinbloom presented a diverity of religious views held by six American teenagers. Close to two decades later, after countless societal changes, Sarah revisits those same young adults in her new film, What Do You Believe Now. This week, Sarah joins Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, to discuss what has changed and what inspired her to return to this work.

Despite all of the change over the last few years in particular, Rabbi Arthur Waskow argues that everything in religion is on the verge of changing once again, this time for the better. In his new book, Dancing in God’s Earthquake: The Coming Transformation of Religion, the peace advocate and political activist argues that these turbulent times have the potential to yield a rejuvenated, reconnected religious society. Rabbi Waskow writes about an incoming social renewal that has the power to unite people of all faiths around a progressive spirit. He joins the show to describe his vision in more detail and to discuss what gives him hope.

For an inspiring story fitting for Thanksgiving, we revisit a 2007 segment profiling the SAME Café (the name an abbreviation for the phrase “So All May Eat”) in Denver, Colorado – which is still going strong, fulfilling its mission of providing a place where some pay, but all are fed.

And we get a Word from Welton about what’s on his mind this Thanksgiving weekend.

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