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State of Belief is a weekly radio show that explores the intersection of religion with politics, culture, media, and activism, and promotes diverse religious voices in a religiously pluralistic world.

State of Belief is a weekly radio show that explores the intersection of religion with politics, culture, media, and activism, and promotes diverse religious voices in a religiously pluralistic world.


Washington, DC


State of Belief is a weekly radio show that explores the intersection of religion with politics, culture, media, and activism, and promotes diverse religious voices in a religiously pluralistic world.




1212 New York Ave, NW 7th Floor Washington, DC 20005


May 15, 2021 – Change in the Church

We know that religious freedom and LGBTQ+ equality are complementary – not contradictory – freedoms. And yet, the religious right continues to distort the meaning of religious freedom to include the right to discriminate against those who identify or believe differently than they do. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show […]


May 8, 2021 – The Weaponization of Education

For decades, the religious right has worked to distort religious freedom into a license to discriminate. This included pushing the use of invaluable aid for public schools to fund private school programs… and now, homeschooling. Education funding should benefit students of all faiths, identities, and abilities. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly […]


May 1, 2021 – The First 100 Days

Disunity continues to plague the United States in powerful and often threatening ways. As an overtly Christian observance of a National Day of Prayer looms, how does that bring together those championing the “humble re-dedication of the Nation to Almighty God” and the tens of millions of non-Christian and secular Americans? We’ll also look at […]


April 24, 2021 – Accountability, Yes; Justice, Not Yet

This week marked a watershed moment in the movement for racial justice as Derek Chauvin – the officer who killed George Floyd, sparking nationwide protests – was convicted of second-degree murder. But this is only accountability for one – there is still so much to be done in pursuit of justice for all. This week […]


April 17, 2021 – When our Deepest Values Are at Stake

For millions of Americans–especially those who have been able to get a COVID vaccination–it truly feels like spring is here. But don’t let the nice weather fool you; the culture wars that have strained our civic bonds are still here, from local churches and classrooms to the U.S. Supreme Court. This week on State of […]


April 10, 2021 – Reaching Out, Leaning Forward

At a difficult time in our nation’s life, it’s important to take stock of progress when we see it–because the green shoots of equality, justice and understanding are all around us. This week on State of Belief, the weekly radio program and podcast from Interfaith Alliance, host Rev. Welton Gaddy will talk with leaders in […]


April 3, 2021 – The Best of State of Belief Radio

Happy Easter to all who celebrate! May this Christian observance of new beginnings and sacred hope bring some lightness into what continues, for so many, to be a dark time indeed. Joining in that observance, we’ll dedicate this week’s show to bringing you some of the most uplifting stories from the 15 years Rev. Welton […]


March 27, 2021 – Finding Resilience in Faith and Community

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 […]


March 20, 2021 – Backward and Forward

For Catholics who support LGBTQ+ equality, this week’s statement from the Vatican prohibiting church blessings for same-sex relationships felt like a big step backwards, especially after the new tone defined by Pope Francis’s earlier comments about LGBT people: “Who am I to judge?” At the same time, a powerful new book calls for white evangelical […]


March 13, 2021 – Faith and a Changing America

It has been one year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, and though the end is on the horizon, we will continue to deal with its impact for months to come. As we grapple with this public health crisis, our pursuit of religious freedom, justice, and equity remain as important as ever. This week Rabbi […]


March 6, 2021 – Extremism and Healing

Whether we admit it or not, the extremism and division of the last four years hasn’t disappeared with a new presidential administration. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio program and podcast, we’ll talk about how the challenges of xenophobia and racism still demand our focus and attention–and we’ll learn what exactly is […]


February 27, 2021 – A Return to Normalcy?

As our country passed a grim milestone of 500,000 COVID-related deaths this week, our politics are still wracked with division. But with good news about the development of vaccines and a new sense of stability in Washington, there’s also a chance that perhaps our country has turned a corner. This week on State of Belief […]


February 20, 2021 – Church Reformer and Human Rights Champion Rt. Rev. Bishop Gene Robinson (2012)

The brutal winter storms that swept across much of the country had an outsized impact on Eastern Louisiana, where our host, Rev. Welton Gaddy, lives and works. With ice-covered roads and widespread power outages the norm, we took the week off from taping State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio program and podcast, and instead […]


February 13, 2021 – An Interfaith Valentine

The second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump is underway this week, shedding a new and terrifying light on the events of January 6. The influence of Christian nationalism on the insurrection and the Trump administration more broadly cannot be overstated. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, […]


February 6, 2021 – Celebrating Black History Month

This week marks the start of Black History Month. As people of faith and of convictions, each of us has a moral responsibility to listen to and show up for Black Americans — because without racial equity, religious freedom is an incomplete process. Though the struggle for racial justice has always been a critical part […]


January 30, 2021 – Special Guest Chely Wright

Following November’s election, we shared our hope that the Biden-Harris administration would return to the meaning of true religious freedom, in defense of those of all faiths and none. So far, the White House is living up to that promise, repealing the transgender military ban, restoring our reputation as a nation of opportunity for immigrants, […]


January 23, 2021 – Democracy Prevails

For so many of us, the past week has been a breath of fresh air. And that’s not from a partisan standpoint, but from seeing our values reflected in the peaceful transfer of power and an administration taking action to elevate leaders more representative of America’s rich diversity. From welcoming the first woman, first Black, […]


January 16, 2021 – 15 Years of State of Belief

It was exactly fifteen years ago that State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, debuted on the Air America Network. In the intervening years, we’ve shared thousands of interviews and conversations from the intersection of religion, government and politics. Whether you’ve been with us the whole time, or are a newer listener, […]


January 9, 2021 – Not A Protest, An Insurrection

For the first time in over 200 years, the US Capitol was stormed by an insurrectionist mob. This time, at the behest of a president and with little or no opposition – the culmination of four years of white supremacy and Christian nationalism that have stood as a hallmark of the administration. This week on […]


January 2, 2021 – Best-of State of Belief for New Year’s Weekend

Happy New Year! Giving both our State of Belief host, Rev. Welton Gaddy, and our potential guests a little break, this week we’re sharing highlights from past shows. We’ll rewind to a 2008 conversation with Ed Larson, author of the book A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America’s First Presidential Campaign. Then, another […]