“We Who Believe in Freedom” Curriculum Available

We Who Believe in FreedomJustice Not Jails’ Exciting New Adult Study Curriculum Available Now

Justice Not Jails is proud to announce the release of a new seven-part adult study curriculum on mass incarceration for use by Christians seeking deeper understanding of the issues and a deeper theological grounding for their activism. Versions of the curriculum related to other faith traditions will be forthcoming.

“We Who Believe in Freedom” is the result of many months of research, preparation, and testing. There’s nothing like it available anywhere else.

The resource guide is organized into seven sessions with a projected 90-minute duration for each sessions: Topics covered include:

  • the size and scope of the current mass incarceration regime
  • relation of this system to the longer arc of racial oppression
  • the War on Drugs as a war on people of color
  • the human and economic costs of the incarceration system
  • bad religion’s role in maintaining a punishment-centered system
  • good religion’s commitment to reconciliation and restorative justice
  • ways your faith community can contribute to transforming the system.

Justice Not Jails has created a detailed facilitator’s guide to help make it possible for non-specialists to lead study groups effectively. Special handouts and PPT decks have been created for each session.

Here is our Facilitators Guide.

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7

Download All Sessions in Single Documents

About Peter Laarman

Rev. Peter Laarman serves on the Justice Not Jails steering committee. He formerly directed Progressive Christians Uniting, the LA-based network of activist individuals and congregations that first launched Justice Not Jails in 2012 as a multifaith initiative. He served as the senior minister of New York’s Judson Memorial Church from 1994 to 2004. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Peter spent 15 years as a labor movement strategist and communications specialist prior to training for ministry.