From his post at the US State Department, Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs Dr. Shaun Casey has a unique perspective on the global refugee crisis and the role churches play in resettlement.
For this episode of the National Council of Churches’ podcast, we will have a conversation with Shaun Casey about his new office at the State Department, how Secretary of State John Kerry views religion as a political and cultural force in today’s world, and particularly how Dr. Casey’s office connects with refugees and those who are assisting them as they begin new lives in the United States.
Once again, America awoke to the reality of another mass shooting, this time arguably the worst in US history. And once again, Congress seems unable, or unwilling, to act in any meaningful ways to put an end to this violence.
Today we will talk with Lucy McBath, who became an activist after her son, Jordan Davis, was killed by Michael Dunn, who claimed he felt threatened by Davis and his friends and sought protection by Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. We will talk with Lucy about Jordan, Orlando, the future of gun violence in America, and the idolatry that lies behind the belief that guns provide security.
For Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan begins Sunday night. It marks a month of restraint, self-reflection, and community gatherings. It is a time of both deprivation and celebration.
This week we will speak with Shaarik Zafar, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, a diplomat with the US State Department. Shaarik will speak with us about the significance of Ramadan for Muslims worldwide and how Muslim-majority countries view the United States in the context of rhetoric being used during the current political season.