About the course resources
The course comprises of five short films and a devotional booklet. The films include haunting survivor stories, with insightful contributions from front line experts and campaigners.
The devotional booklet was written by colleagues in the Clewer network who are all deeply committed to combating modern slavery in their dioceses. Through Bible study, reflections and prayer, we will explore what the Bible says about social injustice, exploitation, and God’s heart for the poor. The devotional will also encourage you to reflect on how we can take action to help vulnerable women in our communities.
The films can be watched as standalone documentaries or as part of the complete course.
Each week, the course will follow the following structure:
- a series of opening questions to set the scene
- a five-minute film
- a guided opportunity to reflect on issues raised in the film
- a Bible passage, followed by a reflection,
- discussion questions and prayer
- background reading
- extension – an opportunity to reflect more deeply during the week and find out more about the life and ministry of Harriet Monsell, the first Clewer sister.
Tips on running the course with a group
- Distribute the booklet over e-mail (this is available either as a complete pack or weekly modules so you can choose how to use it)
- organise a weekly zoom call so that you can work through and discuss the material together
- check that you know how to share the films and documents over zoom so you can all work together.
Caring for yourself
This toolkit is about a subject which is emotive and upsetting. Before you start, think about how you will care for yourself and others. If you or anyone using this course needs support, please encourage them to seek help.
In each section of the course, there is a short film including survivor testimonies dramatised by actresses. Some people may find this upsetting so they should be offered the choice to watch or take a short break instead. Sources of emotional support should be signposted for people in case they trigger any distress. If you spot a person at risk or being exploited, you should speak to a safeguarding lead and follow the safeguarding procedure for your organisation.