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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.

Location:

Washington, DC

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

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

4/17/2021
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 […]

Duration:01:08:29

April 10, 2021 – Reaching Out, Leaning Forward

4/10/2021
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 […]

Duration:01:14:13

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

4/3/2021
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 […]

Duration:00:49:07

March 27, 2021 – Finding Resilience in Faith and Community

3/27/2021
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 […]

Duration:01:13:25

March 20, 2021 – Backward and Forward

3/20/2021
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 […]

Duration:00:54:13

March 13, 2021 – Faith and a Changing America

3/13/2021
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 […]

Duration:01:03:21

March 6, 2021 – Extremism and Healing

3/6/2021
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 […]

Duration:01:04:49

February 27, 2021 – A Return to Normalcy?

2/27/2021
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 […]

Duration:01:03:24

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

2/20/2021
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 […]

Duration:00:55:17

February 13, 2021 – An Interfaith Valentine

2/13/2021
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, […]

Duration:01:01:14

February 6, 2021 – Celebrating Black History Month

2/6/2021
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 […]

Duration:01:06:58

January 30, 2021 – Special Guest Chely Wright

1/30/2021
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, […]

Duration:00:55:07

January 23, 2021 – Democracy Prevails

1/23/2021
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, […]

Duration:00:56:16

January 16, 2021 – 15 Years of State of Belief

1/16/2021
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, […]

Duration:01:01:45

January 9, 2021 – Not A Protest, An Insurrection

1/9/2021
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 […]

Duration:01:01:41

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

1/2/2021
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 […]

Duration:00:50:00

December 26, 2020 – Best-of State of Belief for Christmas

12/26/2020
Happy Holidays! 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 Welton’s Christmas interview with Dr. Jana Riess, who released her book The Twible: All the Chapters of the Bible in 140 Characters or Less . […]

Duration:00:50:10

Christmas 2020 – A Message From Welton

12/25/2020
With so many of us isolated and distanced to various degrees by the unique situation the world finds itself in this Christmas season, State of Belief host Rev. Welton Gaddy has a personal message for podcast subscribers. Tune in this weekend for a best-of episode of State of Belief, with some of our favorite interviews […]

Duration:00:04:25

December 19, 2020 – A Year in Review, A Year Ahead

12/19/2020
As we get ready for 2020 to finally draw to a close, we take a look back at a year unlike any other. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll survey the most important stories at the interaction of religion and politics. We’ll also look to the future […]

Duration:00:55:10

December 12, 2020 – Eroding American Democracy

12/12/2020
Despite the clear, definitive election result, Donald Trump is still insisting that he won, inflicting tremendous damage on our democratic institutions on his way out. Rather than focus on the raging pandemic, which continues hitting death toll records, Trump and his complicit allies – including some prominent political religious right leaders – continue to lie […]

Duration:00:53:00