At a time when we’re witnessing an alarming erosion in the rights of women, surging racism, increasing antisemitic rhetoric and violence, and growing attempts to erase the truth of queer identity and experience, it’s crucial for us to be able to turn to leaders who can articulate a powerful, positive moral mandate for a more just future. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, you’ll hear from a religious leader doing just that. With increasing bigotry and hate spreading across social media platforms, it’s important to remember our potential to support one another, build community and provide inspiration.
An activist, public speaker and musician, known by many as the “TikTok Rabbi,” Rabbi Sandra Lawson is the Inaugural Director of Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Reconstructing Judaism. Rabbi Sandra lives and works at the intersection of queer, Black, female, and Jewish identities – and speaks powerfully about the dangers of the division and supremacy that are rending our nation. This week, she joins Rev. Paul Raushenbush, host of State of Belief, to discuss how, despite such threats, she maintains positivity and a commitment to keeping others empowered by gratitude and hope as well.