The Religious Socialism podcast features monthly interviews with leading religious activists and leaders on the themes of social justice, politics and faith—with a good dose of socialism. Hosted by Sarah Ngu and produced by Devin Briski.
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This month's interview is 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 socialist, and has spent a lot of time working out those principles with his faith. He discusses why socialism is a theological commitment, what democratic socialist policies could look like in practice, why leftist politics has a race problem — and why joy is the most important feeling of Christianity.