The healing power of faith and community are undeniable. Expanding who gets to benefit from that, more and more religious leaders are rising to prominence for their work spreading radically inclusive theology. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will talk to several of these leaders about their lifesaving work.

For centuries, religion has been used to exclude, divide, and wound, especially when weaponized against LGBTQ+ people. But some faith leaders are working toward a more inclusive vision of faith – including Rev. Dr. Katie Hays, founder and lead evangelist at Galileo Church. She will join Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, to discuss inclusive theology and her new book, God Gets Everything God Wants.

Author, faith leader, activist, and, most recently, “The Tik Tok Preacher,” The Rev. Brandan Robertson has accomplished a significant amount at a young age. He joins Welton this week to discuss his new book, Nighttime Devotional for Teen Boys: 5-Minute Devotions to Guide Daily Reflection, and how he is spreading a message of faithful inclusivity to young audiences using technology.

In 1960, Henry Luce, publisher of Life Magazine, invited ten renowned Americans – all white men – to address the “national purpose” in an essay. Sixty years later, Interfaith Alliance’s web series The American Purpose looks for these same answers about who we are as a nation and where we’re headed, with a diverse group of thought leaders, clergy, public officials, and activists. This week on State of Belief, we’ll hear highlights from the first three episodes of the newly launched second season.

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