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This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, host Reverend Welton Gaddy speaks with Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt about her experience partnering with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on a feminist commentary on the Passover Story. Welton will also sit down with the Rev. Dr. J. Philip Wogaman about his latest book, What Christianity Can Learn From Other Religions. Lastly, we hear from Brandan Robertson, founder of the Revangelical Movement, about his advocacy for more inclusiveness in Evangelical life for LGBT persons of faith. Download Icon

The Notorious RBG and a Feminist Passover
As we head into the season of Passover, there are a multitude of opportunities for deep reflection and contemplation. The story of the Exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt frequently focuses on the heroism and leadership of men like Moses. While the actions of Moses and other men in this story were undoubtedly valiant, the heroic and visionary women of Passover are often left out of the Exodus story. This week, Welton sits down with Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt about the need for a feminist reading of the Passover Story, and her collaboration with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to highlight the women often left in the dark in the Passover Story.

Learning From Other Faiths
In an increasingly diverse world, it is clear that we need to learn about each other in order to understand our differences. Religious conflicts often stem from a lack understanding of faith differences and an unwillingness to learn from one another. Rev. Dr. J. Phillip Wogaman, author of What Christianity Can Learn From Other Religions joins us in the studio to speak about the challenge of various religions not merely learning about one another – but learning from each other.

The Steadfast Call for LGBT Inclusiveness in Evangelical Communities
Brandan Robertson, founder of the Revangelical Movement
joins us again to speak to us about his forthcoming book Nomad: Not-So-Religious Thoughts On Faith, Doubt, And The Journey In Between. As a public advocate of LGBT inclusiveness in Evangelical communities, Brandan faced challenges in the publication of Nomad due to his advocacy. Brandan’s story of losing his book deal due to his sexuality is not the first like it we’ve heard – but characteristically, Brandan has found wisdom and even inspiration in the experience.

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