Religious Socialism Podcast

Religious Socialism Podcast
Monthly Podcast of the DSA Religion and Socialism Commission

The Warsaw Uprising Anniversary, Part 1: Irena Klepfisz, Jewish Lesbian Poet and Activist
Apr 19 • 55 min
Today, April 19th, is the 76th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. It was the largest single revolt by Jews during WWII and it was mostly organized by the Bund, a secular Jewish socialist movement. Irena Klepfisz was born in the Warsaw Ghetto and…
Lutheran climate organizer Shay O’Reilly on demonic forces, white supremacy and climate change
Mar 19 • 61 min
How do we fight the demonic principalities behind climate change? Shay O’Reilly is an organizer for renewable energy in NYC, a DSA member, a Lutheran, and a graduate of UnionTheological Seminary. We chat with him on why he believes in demonic powers (see:…
Storyteller Kelli Dunham on her journey from nun to nurse and queer comedian
Feb 7 • 51 min
This is an equal parts hilarious and insightful episode of Religious Socialism podcast. Kelli Dunham is an author, comedian and storyteller — she’s the founder of Queer Memoir, a storytelling series for the queer community and stand-up comedian. But in…
Rabbi Michael Feinberg on multi-faith labor organizing and what he learned from the Catholic left
Nov 6, 2018 • 51 min
Rabbi Michael Feinberg is the executive director of The Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, whose goal is to build a long term alliance between the faith community and labor movements in New York City. He’s spent decades as a multi-faith activist…
Julien Baker is a queer, Christian, socialist — we had to talk to her
Jun 24, 2018 • 77 min
Memphis-based singer-songwriter Julien Baker’s star is rising in the music world. She also identifies as queer, Christian, socialist — like our host, Sarah Ngu. There have been high-profile interviews with her by the New York Times, NPR, etc. mostly…
“If religion doesn’t allow us to build bridges, it becomes a drug” —Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz
Mar 31, 2018 • 76 min
Juan Carlos Ruiz is co-founder of the New Sanctuary Movement, a network of churches and synagogues that offer resources to undocumented immigrants in New York City. He began his career as a Catholic priest, but was excommunicated after getting involved…
Avi Garelick on Gentrification, BDS and the Jewish Concept of Redemption
Jan 31, 2018 • 37 min
Avi Garelick wears many hats: he runs a Hebrew school associated with the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York city, he is active in Northern Manhattan is Not For Sale, an anti-gentrification group focused on Washington Heights and Inwood, and he’s a…
Why Dr. Debbie Almontaser finds being called a “moderate Muslim” offensive
Nov 30, 2017 • 48 min
Dr. Debbie Almontaser is a Yemeni-American and Muslim community leader and activist, founder of the Bridging Cultures Group and the Khalil Gibran International Academy, a New York public school with an English and Arabic bi-lingual program. Almontaser…
“Capitalism has a spiritual formation plan” —Rev. Andrew Wilkes
Oct 4, 2017 • 33 min
A conversation with Reverend Andrew Wilkes, a an African Methodist Episcopal pastor of young adults and social justice and leader in a black Christian community in Jamaica, Queens. Unlike some of our interviewees, Rev. Wilkes identifies as a democratic…
“I was living under two occupations” —Rev. Khader El-Yateem
Aug 9, 2017 • 37 min
A conversation with Reverend Khader El-Yateem, a native Palestinian and Lutheran pastor running for City Council for the 43rd District, which includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst. El-Yateem discusses growing up in the Greek Orthodox in…
“I’m a socialist because Jesus tells me to be.” —Rev. Ann Kansfield
Jun 22, 2017 • 47 min
A conversation with Reverent Ann Kansfield, pastor at Greenpoint Reformed Church and chaplain for the FDNY. Kansfield discusses how 9/11 prompted her to leave her finance job and join seminary, her feelings when her father went on trial for marrying her…
RSP -02 - December - 2016
Dec 6, 2016 • 29 min
A Conversation With Laura Barrett of Interfaith Worker Justice
RSP - 01 - April - 2016
Apr 14, 2016 • 48 min
Religion and Socialism Podcast Episode One - A Conversation with Professor Gary Dorrien