After a few weeks away, we’re happy to welcome our host Rev. Welton Gaddy back to State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio program and podcast. In the shadow of two mass shootings, he’ll speak with individuals who are working to bind up the wounds of impacted communities and to explore new ways to think about our experience of faith.
As the nation grapples with last week’s tragic mass shooting in Atlanta, we’re once again forced to confront the way our country’s history of racism and misogyny continues to permeate our communities. Dr. Michelle Reyes, vice president of the Asian American Christian Collaborative, will join Welton to talk about profound impacts of last week’s attacks and the work she and her organization are doing to speak up for a community dealing with grief, fear and anger.
Next, Welton will sit down with Sister Luisa Derouen, a Dominican Sister of Peace, to discuss what she’s learned from ministering to the transgender community nationally for over 22 years. She’ll talk about the ways that faith communities have too often failed to recognize the pain they’ve caused members of the LGBTQI+ community, and how people can move closer to God by recognizing the lived experiences of those who have been forced to the margins of our society.
Finally, Welton will welcome theologian and writer Diana Butler Bass back to State of Belief to talk about her new book, Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence. Her book explores her changing relationship with her Christian faith, and how faith impacts our everyday lives, even as many move away from organized religion.
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