peter-laarman-150Peter Laarman is retired executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting, a network of activist individuals and congregations headquartered in Los Angeles. 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 the

Turning The Page: October 25th

New Model of Public Safety

Peter Laarman: Prominent area political leaders will headline a special event to be held at Holman United Methodist Church on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 25—just ten days before the Nov. 4 general election.

Turning The Page: October 25th

Criminal Justice Reform Rally

Peter Laarman: Prominent area political leaders will headline a special event to be held at Holman United Methodist Church on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 25—just ten days before the Nov. 4 general election.

Let Us Now Praise Wealthy Men?

Structural Poverty

Peter Laarman: We should know by now that effective and lasting change is rarely implemented from the top, not even through the visions of the great intellectuals and theologians.

Google Data Reveal Poor Have an Interest Above “Dark” Religion

Googling For Jesus

he estimable David Leonhardt made a media thing happen over the past few days with his Upshot report on what amounts to a NY Times anal exam of web searches, aided and abetted by the non-evildoers at Google. I was traveling when this mess broke, but it was still in front of me via NPR […]

Playing Church in the Corporate Boardroom

hobby lobby supreme court decision

Peter Laarman: In this Hobby Lobby ruling, the fundamental distinction and separation between a commercial enterprise and a specifically religious or “ecclesiastical” corporation has been fatally breached.

Forget Conservatives, Can ‘Piketty Porn’ Inspire the Left?

what can inspire the left

Rev. Peter Laarman: In 2014 it is equally obvious that concentrated wealth is the fundamental moral evil threatening human well being, democracy, and the planet itself. This is why lots of people who would never otherwise go to hear a nerdy economist have been flocking to Piketty’s appearances.

How Not to Support Obamacare

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Peter Laarman: What’s striking about the president’s pirouette on the ACA, and about Democratic disarray in the face of the renewed GOP assault in the House, is the absence of any open discourse on the underlying ethics of health care.

Jerry Brown’s Cynical, Unethical Prison Plan

Associated Press

Peter Laarman: No amount of high-end religious training appears to have shaped Jerry Brown’s conscience sufficiently for him to escape the all-too-familiar pattern of selling himself politically.

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