Peter Laarman

peter-laarman-150Rev. Peter Laarman is volunteer project coordinator for Justice Not Jails. 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.

Comey & Bratton Serve A Weak Tea

bratton comey speeches

*+-Peter Laarman: What the speeches most represented was the standard white perspective that we have problems due to the “legacy” of slavery rather than due to what anti-racism activist Frank Joyce more accurately describes as a “living, breathing organism of the present.”

Torture Denial: U.S. Flunks Religious Acid Test

Torture Denial Fails

*+-Peter Laarman: What most dismays international observers of today’s America is the absence of spiritual maturity in a country that claims to be close to God and where so many say religious belief is central in their lives.

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 […]