This Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in our nation’s history.  Our thoughts are with all those who lost their lives on 9/11 – and all those who have suffered since. Our thanks are with those who continue to work toward building a safer and more just nation for those of all religious faiths and none. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll highlight the peacemaking efforts of those most directly affected by the attacks, and begin the preparation for the likely aftermath of the November election.

An increasing number of experts are recognizing that regardless of the outcome of the presidential election, our nation is in for a turbulent, divisive aftermath. The Rev. Dr. Jim Forbes, president and founder of Healing of the Nations Foundation, will join Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, to discuss how we can prepare for the potential conflicts to come – and the central role racism is playing in the polarization we are suffering from.

In a divided nation, building common ground and understanding the tenets of conflict resolution are more important than ever. Rev. Gaddy will sit down with Michael McRay — author of I Am Not Your Enemy: Stories to Transform a Divided World — to explore lessons from deadly world conflicts and the legacy of those conflicts.

Each year on the anniversary of 9/11, we feature the heroic work of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. This year, Leila Murphy, a member of the organization’s steering committee and its Rule of Law campaign, will join Welton to discuss her experience and work.

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