From our nation’s founding, religion and politics have been intertwined. But the stereotype of what a “religious activist” looks like and believes is far from the reality. Our nation has a rich history of diverse people of faith fighting for justice, from racial equality, to health care access, to LGBTQ+ rights, the list goes on. This week on The State of Belief, the weekly radio show and podcast from Interfaith Alliance, we’ll hear from one such champion, Rev. Jennifer Butler.
Jen founded Faith in Public Life, a leading organization fighting for equity, fueled by faith, 17 years ago. And while the political landscape looks significantly different today, the moral imperative to pursue justice remains just as strong. Now serving as a consultant for institutions seeking to develop faith-based partnerships, she joins Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, president and CEO of Interfaith Alliance and host of The State of Belief, this week to reflect on her changemaker career thus far; share a very personal, poignant story about the power of disinformation; discuss her book, Who Stole My Bible? Reclaiming Scripture as a Handbook for Resisting Tyranny; how the progressive religious values that inspired leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. are actually shared by most Americans of faith today; and reveal where she finds hope.