In 2021

After two decades of U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, many Americans are feeling simultaneous relief that our troops are coming home and anguish as Afghan citizens try to flee the new regime. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will hear from family members of people lost in 9/11 who have been pushing for a more peaceful U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Many assume that something as discredited as conversion therapy is no longer practiced. While states across the country are rightfully banning this pseudoscience, its trauma is still forced onto many LGBTQ+ people, including youth. Amber Cantorna, a national speaker, author, and host of the UnashamedLove Collective, will join Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, to discuss her work and participation in an upcoming webinar, The Christian Case Against Conversion Therapy.

Over the past week, the world has watched in horror as Afghan men, women, and children seek refuge from the newly empowered Taliban. For Americans whose lives are linked to those in Afghanistan, it’s especially painful to sit on the sidelines, feeling powerless to help. To discuss what Americans can be doing right now to alleviate this humanitarian crisis, Rev. Gaddy will sit down with Ellen Judd, Afghanistan coordinator at 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.

Underpinning Faithful America’s critical work is the notion that religious communities are powerful agents of change. The Rev. Nathan Empsall, executive director for the organization, will join Welton to discuss what campaigns the group is championing now.

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