Lent Course: Journeys

Our new resource, Journeys, is designed to equip and inspire people in the fight against modern slavery. It will be available to download from our website in early February.

Journeys consists of five mini films and two accompanying resources – one for faith groups and one for secular groups.

The films include interviews with church members, experts and community leaders who have done significant anti-slavery work. They highlight the journeys they have been on to deliver their work. We hope these case studies will inspire and equip others to take similar steps forward.

Like our other resource, Women in the Shadows, each film starts with a victim’s story, spoken by actors and actresses, and highlighting a different aspect of modern slavery.

Faith-based Lent resource (in Blue)

This resource is based on the “Stations of the Cross”. It takes churches and individuals on a journey throughout Lent, challenging them to move from the side-lines to action. It can be used in in-person small groups, individual study or online.

The five-week course studies some of the themes from the “Stations of the Cross” and includes a reflection, prayer, discussion questions, and suggestions for action.

Throughout the devotional, we consider the suffering faced by victims of modern slavery, explore a variety of ways in which we can help or respond, face up to the call to weep for ourselves and our own complicities, and share in celebrating the miracle of new life as victims begin to emerge from the darkness of being buried out of sight.

As part of the devotional, artist Bill Crooks portrays the traditional stations of the cross in a series of moving portraits. Each week, we encourage participants to look at a cluster of three stations / drawings and reflect on Jesus’ experience and how, in some ways, it parallels the journey of modern slavery victims.

A separate resource for secondary schools, businesses, charities and community organisations (in Orange)

This resource is made up of case studies, background information and statistics to help deepen your knowledge of modern slavery.

Each session is based around the mini film and three contemporary drawings portraying the journey of a modern slavery victim.

Through the resource, we find out more about labour exploitation, county lines, financial exploitation and domestic servitude. We also learn about how to spot the signs of slavery; the importance of community resilience and forging partnerships; the centrality of safeguarding and the power of therapeutic art.

The film and accompanying PDF would be suitable for secondary schools, businesses, charities and community organisations to use.

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