Thanks for joining the Fourth Universalist Society for a speaker series where we considered the connections, complications, and relationship between Religion and Socialism. You can find recordings of the events here.

Questions? Reach out to our facilitator!  
Ember Kelley, Director of Religious Education,



Event Recordings


Talia Lú

Talia holds a Master’s Degree in library and information science, and a Bachelor’s Degree in art history. She studies Jewish history, with an emphasis in anti-zionism, editorial cartoons and their impact on the working class, and communist history more generally. They have been speaking out against injustice for as long as she can remember, and firmly believes in Fred Hampton’s statement that, “theory with no practice ain’t shit.

Talia spoke on February 21st, “Where do we go from here? Futures of Religion and Socialism”,

You can listen to it here


Ravi Talati

Ravi is from Manchester in the UK. He has been an active socialist and trade unionist for around 4-5 years and a Buddhist for around 2 years. In particular, he helped organize local Deliveroo/Uber Eats workers. He describes himself as a Marxist and a Buddhist, and both philosophies are a big part of how he views the world.

Ravi spoke on March 1st, “Buddishm and Socialism”,

You can listen to it here 


Ben Heaney

Ben Heaney is originally from Evanston, IL and attended college in Saint Paul, MN. Currently a student of interreligious engagement at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, he has been involved with mutual aid work, co-chaired the Theology and Narrative Committee during UTS security guards’ campaign for their first union contract, and other forms of student organizing and activism..

Ben spoke on March 8th, “Organizing as Practical Theology”

You can listen to it here


Rafael Diaz

Rafael Diaz (they/he) is a practicing Vajrayana Buddhist, a student in the Thich Nhat Hanh Program for Engaged Buddhism at Union Theological Seminary, and Community Chaplain at Bhumisparsha, an experimental Buddhist practice community co-founded by Lama Rod Owens and Lama Justin Von Budjoss. Their faith practice is heavily informed by their experience as an Afro-Puerto Rican raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and working as a Community Organizer throughout the Trump era, and is committed to cultivating a path toward both political and spiritual liberation.

Rafael spoke on March 22nd, “Loneliness, Capitalism, and Religion”

You can listen here