Dissidents in the clergy have long played a critical role in fostering more inclusive faith spaces. Often this dissent doesn’t come from a place of ill-intent – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. These trailblazers are inspired by their faith to build a better world. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will speak to one such faith leader.

Sister Joan Chittister has spent 50 years ardently advocating for peace, human rights, gender equality and church renewal. This week, she returns to State of Belief and joins host Rev. Welton Gaddy to discuss her latest book, The Monastic Life: 50 Simple Practices for a Contemplative and Fulfilling Life. She shares the inspiration behind her self-guidance book and the greater lessons she hopes readers will carry with them.

The “Day of the Dead,” which is observed universally in Mexico but has grown increasingly popular elsewhere, commemorates the lives of loved ones who have passed with joyous festivities and traditions. Although the holiday is usually framed in cultural Christianity, it’s growing among secular communities, and Victoria de la Torre, Secular celebrant and co-founder of Day of the Dead Secular, will sit down with Welton to explore this inclusive step for the November 2nd event.

This week, a monumental joint appeal from the World Jewish Congress and Muslim World League was presented to the United Nations and called for the protection of religious freedom and defense of houses of worship against violence. Dr. Leon Saltiel is Representative at UN Geneva and UNESCO and Coordinator on Countering Antisemitism for the World Jewish Congress, and explains why this historic moment is key to interfaith solidarity, especially during a time of ongoing religious turmoil.

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