Sneak Preview of “Building the Religious Left” Conference!

Plans are being finalized for the DSA Religion and Socialism virtual national conference, “Building the Religious Left,” set for Saturday, April 24, noon to 7 p.m. ET, and Sunday, April 25, 2-7 p.m. ET

Join your religious socialist comrades for two days of panels, workshops, and skills training as you work to build the religious left.

If you haven’t registered, you can still do so here.

Some of the many highlights of the conference:

  • Rev. Andrew Wilkes will lead our opening workshop, “The Fire This Time: Forging a Multi-Faith Movement for Religious Socialism.” We will be called to spark the fires of our religious traditions to transform our political economy, undo white supremacy, and realize a more just society.

  • Then we will convene multiple panel discussions on topics including Eco-Justice, Workers Rights, The Changing Jewish Landscape, Multi-Faith Perspectives on Medicare for All, Black Church Radicalism, Children at the Border: How Do We Respond? Mutual Aid, and Abolition of the Prison-Industrial Complex.

  • Those panels and workshops will feature activists and clergy from Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu traditions. We will also include opportunities for intra-group conversations by religion and a range of skills trainings, including how to conduct organizing conversations, using values to drive social change, spurring economic education in congregations, and preparing spiritually for civil disobedience.

  • We will make available pre-recorded talks by leaders in our current religious socialism movement. Between the talks and the panels and workshops, you can expect to hear from Sarah Ngu, Gary Dorrien, Joerg Rieger, Charles Howard, George Lakey, Angela Cowser, Matthew Sitman, Obery Hendricks, Colleen Shaddox, Fran Quigley, the leaders of Jewish Currents magazine, the DSA Muslim Caucus, the Institute for Christian Socialism, Samuel Cruz, Megan Romer, Imaan Javeed, and many more local activists and theologians.  Nicole-Ann Lobo will end our day’s sessions by providing a guided opportunity for creative expression!

Keep an eye on our blog, our social media, and your in-box for more details on the finalized schedule and how you can choose from the different opportunities to participate. Looking forward to seeing you on the 24th and 25th!