Odyssey Networks

Odyssey Networks is the nation’s largest coalition of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith groups dedicated to achieving interfaith understanding through the production

and distribution of media. Odyssey’s membership includes over 30 faith groups and organizations, including Day1. Odyssey Networks is a service of the National Interfaith Cable Coalition, which was founded in 1987. Formerly Faith & Values Media, Odyssey co-produced several series of Day1 TV segments for the Hallmark Channel, available for viewing at Day1.org

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Odyssey Networks: Working for a Nonviolent World after Boston

Tuesday April 16, 2013
Times of tragedy are opportunities for us in the faith community to express our love and also work for nonviolent love in the world, says the Rev. Peter Hetzel, director of the Micah Institute at New York Theological Seminary, who ran the Boston Marathon in 1995.

This Week In Religion: Episcopalians Approve Rite to Bless Same-Sex Unions

Friday July 13, 2012
This video from Odyssey Networks focuses on the approval of the Rite to bless same-sex unions during the Episcopal Church General Convention this past week.

Odyssey Networks: This Week in Religion: The 'God particle,' The Key to Understanding the Universe

Saturday July 07, 2012
Odyssey Networks presents This Week in Religion: The 'God particle,' The Key to Understanding the Universe. Watch it!

Odyssey Networks: This Week in Religion Video Report

Friday June 22, 2012
Odyssey Networks recounts the week's religious news. Watch it now.

Odyssey Networks: Religion News Week in Review June 8

Friday June 08, 2012
Odyssey Networks reviews this week's religious new in a compelling video.

Odyssey Networks: Week in Religion Review

Friday June 01, 2012
Odyssey Networks present a video highlight religious news of the week, including the Pope's Butler story.

ON: Religion in the News - Week in Review 5/25

Friday May 25, 2012
Odyssey Networks presents an insightful review of the week's religion news. Watch it here.

Odyssey Networks: Faith and the New Media Revolution

Saturday April 14, 2012
In a fascinating video interview, Odyssey Networks reveals the history of faith communications, and shows where religious communication is heading in this day of new media.

Odyssey Networks: Diana Eck and Kathryn Lohre: Common Ground in the Midst of Differences

Monday November 07, 2011
Kathryn Lohre, now Director for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Relations at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Pluralism Project Director Diana Eck talk about interfaith harmony, the media focus on faith-related conflicts, and where society can find common ground beyond the theological.

Odyssey Networks Interviews Nobel Winner Leymah Gbowee

Monday October 10, 2011
Liberian Lutheran Peace Activist Leymah Gbowee discusses her feelings on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize and the role faith played in her struggle to help end the war in Liberia. Watch Odyssey Networks exclusive interview with 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Leymah Gbowee.

ON Scripture: Stephanie Crowder on Matt. 22, A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

Wednesday October 05, 2011
Much in this country’s political landscape from Populist ideology to New Deal praxis has centered on equal access and opportunity for all. Yet, almost two thousand years earlier than these movements, first century C.E. New Testament literature points to similar struggles.

Odyssey Networks: Dr. Serene Jones on Our "Ceilings"

Saturday August 27, 2011
While much is made of the "glass ceiling" that prevents women from reaching senior positions in organizations, the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones says there are many little glass ceilings that exist within each of us and determine our openness to others.

The Rev. Otis Moss III: Understanding Faith Through Jazz

Friday August 19, 2011
The showcasing of distinctive instruments in a jazz ensemble illustrates how each faith brings a valuable perspective to our common life, says the Rev. Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, in this video from Odyssey Networks.

ON Scripture: Dr. Eric Barreto on Exodus 1:8-2:10: Faith in the Past, Present & Future

Wednesday August 17, 2011
In his ON Scripture post, Dr. Eric Barreto writes, "In the Exodus story as in many of our lives, deliverance and suffering are interlaced. Our hopeful prayers are not always answered, and grace may take a different shape than we might have expected."

ON Scripture: Barbara Lundblad: Teaching Jesus (Matt 15:21-28)

Wednesday August 10, 2011
In this week's ON Scripture lectionary post, Barbara Lundblad writes, "Jesus was converted that day to a larger vision of the commonwealth of God. Jesus saw and heard a fuller revelation of God in the voice and in the face of the Canaanite woman. The woman’s truth is evident in the way Matthew tells this story."

ON Scripture: Faith Within the Chaos (Matt. 14:22-33)

Wednesday August 03, 2011
In the first weekly ON Scripture post tying the week's RCL texts to current events, Matt Skinner looks at this week's debt ceiling debate in light of Matthew 14:22-33.

Starting Aug. 4: Odyssey Networks' ON Scripture Column

Monday August 01, 2011
Starting August 4, Odyssey Networks presents a weekly resource tying together the Revised Common Lectionary texts for the week with current events--and you can read it here on Day1.org

Wild Goose Festival: Speaking Out on Faith & Sexuality

Wednesday July 27, 2011
People of faith and spirituality have long grappled with issues surrounding sexuality. At the recent Wild Goose Festival, speakers discussed the Emerging Church's attitude toward the LGBTQ community.

Wild Goose Festival: Voices of the Emerging Church

Saturday July 23, 2011
Organizers of the Wild Goose Festival, held last month in North Carolina, identify with the Emerging Church, a movement described by some scholars as the biggest shift in Christianity since the Reformation.

Justice, Spirituality & the Arts: Wild Goose Festival

Monday July 18, 2011
Odyssey Networks offers a video report on the recent Wild Goose Festival in NC, with Brian McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, Tony Campolo, Jay Bakker, and more.

Bishop Minerva Carcano: A God Who Knows No Borders

Thursday July 14, 2011
In this video from Odyssey Networks, United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño offers biblical reasons why the Obama Administration and the U.S. Congress should enact comprehensive immigration reform.

Day1 Channel Now on "Call on Faith" Smartphone App

Friday June 24, 2011
The "Call on Faith" smartphone app from Odyssey Networks--with compelling videos on a variety of spiritual topics--now features the Day1 Channel!

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An Advent Meditation - The Rev. Dr. John Westerhoff

Thursday December 13, 2012
In the premier episode of our Day1 Reflections series for Day1.org, The Rev. Dr. John Westerhoff brings us a wonderful message about the true meaning of the Season of Advent.

Open Your Hand

Monday April 16, 2012
God says, "Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, 'Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.'" ””Deuteronomy 15:11

A Blessing For You

Monday April 09, 2012
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace." ””Numbers 6:24-26

The Value of Rest

Monday March 26, 2012
"In six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it. ””Exodus 20:11

God Knows Us

Monday March 19, 2012
Then the Lord said, "I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey..." ””Exodus 3:7-8

Holy Ground

Monday March 12, 2012
Then God said, "Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." ””Exodus 3:5

A New Name

Monday March 05, 2012
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him... "No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. ””Genesis 17:1-5

Trusting The Promise

Monday February 27, 2012
What is God saying to us today? Day1 host Peter Wallace offers a video meditation on Genesis 5:1-5.

Let There Be Light

Monday February 20, 2012
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good... ””Genesis 1:1-4

Praying The Lord's Prayer

Monday February 13, 2012
What's God saying to us today? Peter Wallace offers insights on the prayer Jesus offered his disciples in Matthew 6:9-13

An Invitation to Delight

Monday February 06, 2012
Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. ””Psalm 1:1,2

Sign of Hope

Monday January 30, 2012
God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth." ””Genesis 9:12-13

Living a Fruitful Life

Monday January 23, 2012
Those who delight in the law of the lord are like trees planted near streams of water, which yeild their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither; in all that they do, they prosper. Psalm 1:3

Faith at the Summit - Earth Day 2010

Wednesday December 23, 2009
Mark Dowd interviews Nate Byer of Earth Day 2010 and finds out what to expect next year.

Faith at the Summit - The Verdict

Monday December 21, 2009
Mark Dowd, Reverend Richard Cizik and others reflect on the outcome of the summit and look to the future.

Faith at the Summit - At the White House

Thursday December 17, 2009
Reverend Richard Cizik attended a holiday reception at the White House. He was able to have a brief conversation with President Obama and the topic was climate change.

Faith at the Summit - Fasting for Climate Change

Wednesday December 16, 2009
Inspired by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Climate Justice Fast! has called for a hunger strike to raise awareness of the environmental crisis and to press for a substantive solution. Two of the participants, who have been fasting since November 6, talk with Mark Dowd about their commitment to this extraordinary and ancient means of non-violent protest.

Faith at the Summit - Desmond Tutu

Monday December 14, 2009
Archbishop Desmond Tutu makes an appearance at the Copenhagen summit, and is asked what he would say to President Obama.

Faith at the Summit - Christianity and Climate

Monday December 14, 2009
Mark Dowd talks to a Franciscan brother about what role Christianty can play in combatting climate change.

Faith at the Summit - Archbishop of Canterbury

Sunday December 13, 2009
Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and an outspoken champion of climate justice, talks with Mark Dowd about his hopes for COP-15's outcome.

Faith at the Summit - Finding Hope

Saturday December 12, 2009
Odyssey Networks continues their on-the-ground coverage in Copenhagen as the summit on climate change takes place.

Faith at the Summit - Day 4: To The Summit

Friday December 11, 2009
Odyssey Networks continued their coverage on the fourth day of the Copenhagen climate summit.

Faith at the Summit - Day 3: At the Klimaforum

Thursday December 10, 2009
Mark Dowd and the religious delegation visit the Kilmaforum, where they discuss how people of faith can take sacred action to help the Earth.

Faith at the Summit - Day 2 - Advice for Obama

Wednesday December 09, 2009
Odyssey Networks presents their second day installment from the Copenhagen Climate Summit. Today they ask, "What would you say to President Obama, as a man of faith?"

Faith at the Summit - Odyssey Networks at Copenhagen Climate Summit

Tuesday December 08, 2009
Odyssey Networks covers the first day of the Copenhagen Climate Summit. From floating hotels to the realistic impact of religious leaders at such an event. Stick with Day1 for all your Faith at the Summit Updates.

Copenhagen Climate Summit Preview - Odyssey Networks

Monday December 07, 2009
Follow Odyssey Networks as they find the meaning of faith in the discussion on climate change and global warming. Are we being faithful stewards of our planet?