The Supreme Court’s demolition of reproductive rights. The powerful faith-based mobilization behind the Respect for Marriage Act. The alarming rise of Christian nationalism on the campaign trail. To say 2022 has been a momentous year for religion and politics would be a huge understatement, and there’s no better time than these last days of the year to take stock and make sense of these developments. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will recap the most important – and some overlooked – religion stories of the year with an eye toward what we can expect in the year ahead.
It’s been our tradition since the early days of this show to make time to explore how the most impactful religion stories of the year have shaped our culture and our nation across lines of faith and belief. Thankfully for us, the dedicated team at Religion News Service continues to provide invaluable reporting – from the grassroots to the grasstops. Two award-winning RNS national reporters, Jack Jenkins and Adelle M. Banks, join Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, host of State of Belief, to recap a very newsy 2022.
And we’ll hear some words for this season from Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister for Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ.