Happy Easter to all who celebrate! May this Christian observance of new beginnings and sacred hope bring some lightness into what continues, for so many, to be a dark time indeed. Joining in that observance, we’ll dedicate this week’s show to bringing you some of the most uplifting stories from the 15 years Rev. Welton Gaddy has been hosting State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio program and podcast.
When Amichai Lau-Lavie first told us about Lab/Shul in New York city in 2014, the project was still in beta mode. Today, Amichai is a Rabbi, and Lab/Shul operates as an “Artist-driven, everybody-friendly, God-optional, pop-up experimental community for sacred Jewish gatherings based in NYC, reaching the world.”
Then, as so many communities in our nation look with hope to the promise of the Biden administration, it’s useful to remember what that was like back in 2008, as the election of Barack Obama and Joe Biden was still only a possibility. From the weekend before Election Day, here’s a bit of conversation between Welton and Harvard Professor Cornel West, bringing his characteristic blend of hope – and warning!
From 2012, we bring you a compelling conversation with Thomas Drake-Brockman, who had just published his first book titled Christian Humanism: the Compassionate Theology of a Jew Called Jesus.
And also from 2012, Saud Inam, who had recently launched the Muslim Heroes website. Like so many online resources created out of love or personal passion, the site did not survive. But the motivation behind the project is well worth revisiting. Many of the names celebrated in its pages can still be found at the internet archive, at web.archive.org.
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