Chris Agoranos is pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C., and a founding member of the Life Lines Collective, a podcast of creative writing by folks on death row.

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Why a Southern Church Is Hosting Socialist Meetings

What began with a panel of organizers and activists presenting on the realities of inequality in our city turned into a community conversation led by people directly affected by pressing issues like the lack of affordable housing and low wages. The forum created the occasion for people to speak prophetically, just as it created the occasion for members of the church to hear them, to repent, and to leave changed. All of this happened because the church opened its doors to people from the outside without fear of the fact that they came with serious questions about capitalism.