May 18 2006
“Bishop Dixon’s work has provided a prophetic and inspirational emphasis throughout the faith community for many years and we are privileged to have her on staff to drive The Interfaith Alliance to be a leader in the fight to uphold our religious and civil freedoms,” said the Rev. Welton Gaddy, President of The Interfaith Alliance.
“My personal experience as a female in church leadership gives me a foundation on the importance of reaching out to people across the spectrum,”
May 28 2006
Gary Gardner, Director of Research at the WorldWatch Institute and author of the book Inspiring Progress: Religions’ Contributions to Sustainable Development, explains why religion is “an indispensable factor in achieving a sustainable world. Religion can help us rethink some of our roles and move them up the ladder.”
Welton talks with
“I would advise [President Bush] to look his children in the eyes and say to them, ‘The decisions I make today…will not hurt my grandchildren.’”
The show will also feature Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches and Rev. Claire Butterfield, head of
This issue is extremely important to people of faith and is at the center of debate on what are the next steps to improve our planet for the future. State of
Jun 01 2006
The Federal Marriage Amendment is scheduled to go to the Senate floor next week for debate and a vote. The amendment has been called a “partisan tool” in election year politics as the Administration panders to its radical religious right base. Many people say the amendment writes discrimination into the Constitution without cause. One of those people is the Rev. Bill Sinkford, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
“This is not an arbitrary or theoretical discussion,” Sinkford says. “This is about real human beings.”
Sinkford has performed many same-sex marriages in his church and remembers the first one with pride.
“My overriding feeling was one of joy as it is with the celebration of any couple,” Sinkford says. “[Same sex marriages] pose no threat to other marriages and they pose no threat to the institution of marriage.”
Three grassroots clergy speak about coming to
The Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, founder and senior analyst for the FaithTrust Institute, joins Welton to discuss the National Declaration by Religious Leaders to Address Violence Against Women, saying religious leaders must acknowledge and confront such violence.
“There is a too common belief among our religious leaders that these things don’t happen in their faith community,” Fortune says.
Jun 09 2006
The show will also include two of its weekly features, Your Voice and Preaching to the Choir. In Welton’s commentary he reminds listeners how the White House office of Faith Based Initiatives is harmful to us all saying, “the president issued several executive orders in his first term that have been bad for religion and bad for democracy.”
In just six months State of Belief has done what no radio show before has by bringing religion and politics together for a helpful discussion. In covering topics from the right-wing takeover of the government and the federal marriage amendment to the environment and the economy Welton has opened the doors for dialogue among religious leaders and politicians as well as all Americans.
“I knew the concept of our show was a good one,” said Welton, “but I had no idea it would be widely embraced across the country. Each week I hear from people who listen to it on the radio, iPod, or computer and their reaction is amazing. Our discussions have sparked conversations at work, in the home and in houses of worship and I could not be more pleased.”