This Monday, Americans across the spectrum of backgrounds and beliefs will join together to celebrate the life and incalculable impact of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If we are to honor his vision for the Beloved Community – and push back against those on the who have tried to repurpose his beliefs – we have a responsibility to lift up what he truly stood for. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio program and podcast, we will examine Dr. King’s views on racial and economic justice – and where some of those principles came from.

What are the essential teachings of Dr. King? What has been forgotten, either by accident or on purpose? These are some of the important questions we’ll dive into with our first guest, the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III. Drawing on his own spiritual background as well as family history with the King family, he’ll join Rev. Paul Raushenbush, host of State of Belief, to apply Dr. King’s beliefs to the turbulent world we live in today. 

The founder and senior rabbi of IKAR Jewish community, Rabbi Sharon Brous is among the foremost voices on how the interfaith community can unite to find common ground. While taping last week’s wide-ranging interview with Paul, she shared some wisdom on the legacy of Dr. King that seemed perfect to save… And include on this week’s show!

It’s no secret that faith was at the center of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s advocacy and pursuit of justice. But not all religious leaders lead toward freedom like King did – and as we honor his legacy, it is the perfect opportunity to consider the kind of faith he embodied. This week, Paul revisits a column he authored as Religion Editor at Huffington Post, 7 Ways to Be Sure You’re a Martin Luther King Jr. Kind of Christian.

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