The Alliance for Christian Media exists to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through all existing and emerging communication technologies. Our goal is to enhance the voice of the historic mainline churches in America to connect the world of faith with the world in which people live. The Alliance was formed in July 2004 by the merger of The Protestant Hour, Inc. and Episcopal Media Center.
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship began in 1991 as an assembly of Baptist Christians and churches dedicated to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. Made up of individuals and approximately 1,900 affiliated churches, the Fellowship is an organization that serves a larger renewal movement among Baptists. Partnering with 15 theological schools, 19 autonomous state and regional organizations and more than 150 ministry organizations worldwide, CBF has an annual budget of $16 million.
The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church is part of the 80 million member world-wide Anglican Communion connected by history, tradition and worship practices to the Church of England. The Episcopal Church considers itself to stand in the heritage of both Catholic and Protestant traditions. This makes it a "bridge" church to many who seek the beauty of Catholic ceremony and the theological openness of the Reformers. It is a church of bishops (episcope' in Greek means bishop). Bishops represent the unity of the church in a particular region and are called to preach, teach and pastor the clergy. It has 2.3 million members in 7500 congregations in 16 countries and 110 dioceses.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America resulted from a union in 1988 of three North American Lutheran church bodies: The American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, and the Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA meets in assembly every two years; at its 2001 Churchwide Assembly it elected its third bishop, The Rev. Mark S. Hanson. The ELCA has nearly 5 million baptized members and 2.5 million communing and contributing members in 10,470 congregations, with 17,000 clergy. There are 8 ELCA seminaries and one deaconess community, and 28 ELCA affiliated colleges and universities in America.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has approximately 2.5 million members, 11,200 congregations, and 21,000 ordained ministers. Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways: they adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which has its national offices in Louisville, Ky., was formed in 1983 as a result of reunion between the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (PCUS), the so-called "southern branch," and the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (UPCUSA), the so-called "northern branch."
United Church of Christ
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a non-hierarchical church of 1.4 million members, and all called to ministry by baptism. Its 6,000 congregations have the freedom and indeed the constitutional call to organize their own life and ministry under the guidance of Christ, the sole head of the church. The UCC tends to be a progressive denomination that balances congregational autonomy with shared commitment to the unity of the Church within the denomination and beyond. While preserving relevant portions of heritage and history dating back to the 16th century, the UCC and its forebears have proven themselves to be unafraid to move forward, tying faith to social justice and shaping cutting edge theology and service to an ever-changing world. It affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation and community to make faith its own in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression and in purity of heart before God. It looks to the Word of God in the Scriptures, and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to prosper its creative and redemptive work in the world.
United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church has as its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ. The local church is the context for hearing the Word of God and for receiving the Sacraments. Groups of local churches work together as a district and are supervised by a clergy superintendent. These districts are part of an annual conference, the basic unit of the denomination. Conferences in the United States are grouped into five geographic jurisdictions. The United Methodist Church was created in 1968 by the merging of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Theological traditions steeped in the Protestant Reformation and Wesleyanism, similar ecclesiastical structures, and relationships that dated back almost two hundred years facilitated the union. There are about 8.5 million members of the United Methodist Church in the U.S., and 1.5 million more worldwide.
The "Grace Matters" radio program, hosted by Peter Marty, was produced by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Visit their website for archived programs and other resources.
Odyssey Network offers the best in programming, information and resources from America's Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faith groups, including "Day1." Odyssey Networks uses television, the Internet and other media to promote the vitality of religious experience in everyday life and to give expression to religious diversity. Its member association is made up of denominations, organizations and individuals, who encompass most of the recognized Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faith groups in the United States. Together, these faith groups have more than 200,000 congregations with 120 million congregants.
National Council of Churches
The National Council of Churches, founded in 1950, is the leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The NCC's 36 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox member denominations include almost 50 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation. "The National Council of Churches is a community of Christian communions, which, in response to the gospel as revealed in the Scriptures, confess Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God, as Savior and Lord. These communions covenant with one another to manifest ever more fully the unity of the Church. Relying upon the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, the communions come together as the Council in common mission, serving in all creation to the glory of God." --from the Preamble to the NCC Constitution.
The Fund for Theological Education
Begun in 1954 with the goal of supporting excellence in the profession of ministry, the Fund for Theological Education has enjoyed a long and rich history, providing gifted women and men with nearly 5000 fellowships and generating innovative new programs for theological and ministerial support.
Revised Common Lectionary
Vanderbilt Divinity Library makes available the three-year cycle of RCL readings online. Day1 typically follows the lectionary in its sermon presentations.
Festival of Homiletics
Find information on the premiere annual event for pastors, the Festival of Homiletics, sponsored by Day 1.
Patheos offers a wide array of resources on various faith groups. Check out the Mainline Protestant portal for blogs, videos, and other resources.
A Calendar of Prayer for the United Church of Christ contains stories from across the United States and from around the world that illustrate the depth and breadth of the mission outreach of the United Church of Christ. Globally, that outreach is done in partnership with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) through the common witness of Global Ministries. There are stories that reflect the rich diversity of our denomination as well. They are stories of local congregations, individuals, and faith communities from around the world that speak to the one church, the one body of Christ. A body that is covenantal, supportive, accountable, and welcoming within the world.
Daily Readings (Presbyterian Church U.S.A.)
These online readings are useful for daily meditation and prayer, or simply as a way to learn about Christian faith and the work the PCUSA is doing in the world.
Forward Day by Day Devotional (Episcopal Church)
Forward Movement Publications is an official agency of the national Episcopal Church. Since 1935 we have produced pamphlets, booklets, and books to encourage and nourish people as they grow in their lives of prayer and faith. We are best known for the popular quarterly devotional "Forward Day by Day" (which you can read online by following this link), providing daily meditations based on readings from the Bible appointed by the lectionaries.
Spiritual Center (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
An online resource center of devotionals, prayers, sermons, and other helpful spiritual information from the ELCA.
The Upper Room Devotional (United Methodist Church)
The Upper Room is a daily devotional available online for United Methodists and all believers. The Upper Room Daily Devotional is a spiritual companion to more than 2.5 million people. In addition to its daily message on the web, the daily devotional is available in an e-mail format, regular print, large print, and 73 editions and 44 languages.
This website features the writings of Dr. John R. Gunn and offers everyday advice and wisdom in short, accessible topics. Beginning in 1926, the articles are amazingly relevant today as they were in the past. Both written transcritps and audio formats are available.
Weavings Journal is a quarterly publication that promotes a pattern of faithful living marked by prayer, community, and engagement. Such living, to which laity and clergy alike are called, embraces all those expressions of discipline and discipleship that mark the Christian's response to God's work of weaving together the torn fabric of life. Weavings provides a space where questions posed by contemporary life and the spiritual resources of the Christian heritage can encounter and illuminate one another. The journal strives to create an ecumenical forum in which contributors and readers can converse on important matters of common concern. Organized by themes each issue presents a broad range of Christian traditions and disciplines. Visit the weavings blog on Day1!