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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


June 25, 2022 – Democracy, Not Theocracy

This week, the day that many of us feared arrived. In one fell swoop, the conservative justices attacked the personal safety and religious liberty of millions of Americans by stripping away the constitutional right to an abortion. This is only the latest example of a radical movement determined to impose its religious beliefs on all. […]


June 18, 2022 – Celebrating Liberation and Fighting for Justice

Last year, President Joe Biden signed into law long-overdue legislation designating Juneteenth a federal holiday. Americans come together this weekend to commemorate the liberation of enslaved people and honor the invaluable contributions of Black culture and history. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll discuss the meaning of […]


June 11, 2022 – Faith in the Culture Wars

There is a common misconception that all Christians are on one side in the culture wars being waged in this country. Of course, this obscures the fact that a majority of Americans – including those of faith – support protections both for LGBTQ+ rights and reproductive choice. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s […]


June 4, 2022 – Faithful Americans for Equality

Happy Pride Month! As we celebrate the beloved LGBTQ+ community throughout the month of June, the fight for equality is as urgent as ever. Relentless attacks – including from political leaders and Religious Right figures – have denied our LGBTQ+ siblings the rights and freedoms that every American, regardless of background, is guaranteed. But the […]


May 28, 2022 – God, Guns, and Grief

No words can accurately capture our national grief as we mourn the lives – mostly children! – lost in Texas this week. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will explore the latest ways in which the Religious Right marches in lockstep with the gun lobby in our […]


May 21, 2022 – The Warning of Buffalo

Our hearts are with the people of Buffalo following the massacre of ten Black residents by a white supremacist in a local grocery store. Motivating the shooter was the racist, xenophobic, and antisemitic “Great Replacement” theory – a counterfactual ideology that, in recent years, has been brought to the mainstream by radical lawmakers and media […]


May 14, 2022 – A Crumbling Wall of Separation

It feels like we are in crisis mode as we approach decision season in the Supreme Court. Reproductive rights, public school funding, students’ religious freedom rights, and more hang in the balance, and we’re waiting with bated breath to see whether the Court will rule on the side of the people or the privileged few. […]


May 7, 2022 – Reproductive Rights on the Brink

The fight to preserve religious freedom and reproductive access reached a dangerous turning point this week. A leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization revealed that conservative justices are poised to strike down Roe v. Wade – the culmination of a decades-long campaign by the Religious Right to […]


April 30, 2022 – Confronting Rising Hate

The promise of the 21st century was supposed to be a new age of connectivity and innovation. Social media and other tools have given us unparalleled access to information and new ways to reach our neighbors and folks across the country and worldwide. But even as we’re able to communicate with each other like never […]


Remembering Father Mychal

It was one of the iconic images following the 9/11 attacks: rescuers rushing the lifeless body of a Catholic priest from Ground Zero. Father Mychal Judge, a Franciscan friar and a chaplain for the city’s fire department, was designated victim 0001 and has since been memorialized as an icon not only to those impacted by […]


April 17, 2022 – The Best of State of Belief Radio

It’s an Interfaith April! This month, at least nine faith traditions observe major festivals. As a program with a richly interfaith audience, we’re proud of the cultural and constitutional protections that have – for the most part – allowed diverse communities to flourish in the United States. As we celebrate this rare confluence of celebration […]


April 9, 2022 – Religion v. Freedom At Home and Abroad

For the first time in its 233 year history, a Black woman will sit on the Supreme Court. Judge – and soon to be Justice – Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed by a bipartisan vote in the Senate this week, shattering a glass ceiling and helping fulfill our nation’s promise of a more inclusive and […]


April 2, 2022 – Politicizing Everything

Perhaps no public institution impacts the everyday lives of every American to the same extent as the Supreme Court. The decisions made by our justices define what kind of nation we’ll be – whether our country will be one that upholds the rule of law, protects our civil rights and liberties, and guarantees the protections […]


March 26, 2022 – Searching for Prophetic Voices

It’s a historic week in our nation’s capital, with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson poised to be the first Black woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice. While many have enthusiastically embraced her nomination, some on the right continue to launch bad-faith attacks – including questioning her faith as a matter of judicial fitness. This […]


March 19, 2022 – Featured Flashback: Rachel Maddow (2016)

Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio program and podcast, is feeling under the weather this week, which gives us the opportunity to let him get some rest while at the same time being the only place to hear our featured flashback guest. Rachel Maddow is on hiatus from her […]


March 12, 2022 – Living Through History

In our 24-hour news cycle, the tendency to call every breaking story a turning point has become cliché. These days, however, it really does feel like we’re witnessing history, with instability abroad threatening the world as we know it, and a reactionary movement at home threatening our most sacred rights. This week on State of […]


March 5, 2022 – Reclaiming the Meaning of True Christian Values

From our local communities, to state legislatures, to even the international stage, we’re seeing powerful figures assert their own twisted interpretations of religious values to justify unconscionable behavior. In order to successfully push back against these efforts, we first need a clear-eyed understanding of what we’re up against and where these leaders have it wrong. […]


February 26, 2022 – The Role of Religion

Extremist politics under the guise of religious conviction are dividing and damaging communities across the United States. But these issues are far from new and by no means exclusive to this country. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will explore historical and international dimensions of the dangers […]


February 19, 2022 – Costly Grace (2019)

This week, we revisit an unforgettable episode of State of Belief, the weekly radio program and podcast from Interfaith Alliance: an extended interview host Rev. Welton Gaddy conducted in June of 2019 with former prominent religious right leader Rev. Rob Schenck. Rob had recently published a memoir, titled Costly Grace: An Evangelical Minister’s Rediscovery of […]


February 12, 2022 – The Religious Right’s War on Black History Month

Black History Month affords us the opportunity to honor the Black community, acknowledge historical and ongoing injustices, and renew our resolve to dismantle systemic racism. This year, however, our celebration of Black history comes against the backdrop of an accelerating revisionist movement that seeks to marginalize, demean, and undermine the Black community, undercutting our promise […]