This week, we gather 24 years of collective leadership at Interfaith Alliance – and a bold vision for the future – in one conversation, as newly-appointed President and CEO Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush takes his seat. Paul brings a wealth of experience in leadership, organizing, writing, editing and teaching. Most recently with Interfaith America, he has held senior posts at Auburn Seminary, Huffington Post Religion and Princeton University, among others.
On this week’s State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio program and podcast, Paul is with Alliance President Emeritus Rev. Welton Gaddy and President Emeritus Rabbi Jack Moline to answer the question: “What brings a well-known figure with such a track record to Interfaith Alliance at a time like this?” That’s only one of the many questions that come up in this far-ranging conversation, which also includes some of Welton’s all-time favorite guests from 16 years of hosting State of Belief. Then there are the ways marginalization births empathy and the desire for inclusivity, the interplay between ministry and public activism, and the impact of prominent ancestors… It all comes up in the conversation, and leads to the telling of some deeply personal stories.
This is Part I of a two-part conversation that will be continued on next week’s show.