Happy New Year! This weekend on a special yearend edition of State of Belief, we look back at this year’s religion news; reflect on the role organized religion played in the past year; and hear some timeless Jewish wisdom as we look ahead to 2014. Download Icon

A Look Back at Religion News in 2013
It’s a longstanding tradition at State of Belief to take a little time at the end of the year to look back on the biggest religion stories of the year with Kevin Eckstrom, editor-in-chief of Religion News Service, the premier secular journalistic organization providing unbiased reporting on religion for over 75 years. Tune in to find out what Kevin thinks is the most under-reported story of the year and what stories he expects to keep an eye on in the coming new year.

A Moment to Reflect on Religion in 2013
Atop its hill in northwest Washington, D.C., Washington National Cathedral plays a significant role in the religious life of the nation. The house of worship has long served as a spiritual resource for our country and its leaders. The Very Rev. Gary Hall began his tenure as the tenth dean of the Cathedral in October 2012, and has established himself as an authoritative voice for ethical and moral issues affecting all Americans. Dean Hall joins Welton on State of Belief this week to talk about the role the Cathedral specifically, and organized religion in general, has had in America over the past year, and how he views that role as we look ahead to 2014.

A Look Ahead to the New Year
As we look forward to 2014, full of both promise and potential peril, Rabbi Irwin Kula joins Welton on State of Belief, to share some timeless Jewish wisdom for the issues we may face in the coming new year. Rabbi Kula is a longtime president of the Clal – the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in New York City. A past recipient of the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award given by Interfaith Alliance, he’s the author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life.

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