In this week’s issue of Religious Socialism, we lift up our DSA Religion and Socialism comrades writing and convening in multiple venues:
The DSA Muslim Working Group will be hosting a Town Hall meeting, “Abolishing the War on Terror” on Monday, June 14th at 6PM ET. From the event description:
“Our ultimate aim is to harness the power of our communities to abolish the War on Terror, including mass surveillance. The second half of our town hall will be a community discussion on how state surveillance has harmed our communities and on the demands we want to raise against it.”
More info and a speaker list is here. You can register here.
Our RS Working Group comrade Rev. C. Don Jones continues to write compelling posts for Patheos, including recent pieces on “Four Takeaways from a Year of Online Worship” (“To claim online worship is ‘better than nothing’ hardly recommends it. If we keep it, we should keep it in its place.”) and “Addiction, Grace, and Three Warnings.” (“Church ministries to addicts should emphasize community. The pandemic brought isolation to so many recovering addicts and alcoholics. And isolation is a killer.”)
And our RS Working Group comrade Sarah Ngu has an important new piece for NBC News, “How Purity Culture and Anti-Asian Racism Intersect in Some Evangelical Circles”:
“(K. Christine Pae, chair of the department of religion at Denison University in Ohio) said it is time for churches not just to remove offensive stereotypes and re-examine purity culture, but also to go deeper and interrogate the social structures of racialized misogyny. Acknowledging its theological roots and resulting history is a first step for churches to break their silence about issues of gender and sexuality, she said.”