ON SCRIPTURE

With people left feeling isolated and separated from their faith community who they would usually turn to in times of crisis, there’s a great need for faith leaders to find new and safe ways to re-connect people around a shared experience. This online resource brings people together around Scripture and follows the Revised Common Lectionary to provide high-quality short videos, commentaries from leading biblical scholars and small group questions that everyone can follow online.

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HEALING THE HEALERS

When mass trauma strikes, faith leaders are called upon to guide and sustain communities through the aftermath. Their role is to help us heal. But who heals the healers?

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WORDS OF WISDOM AND HOPE

In this time of crisis, as we face pervasive collective trauma in navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic, Odyssey Impact stands in solidarity with you and our shared community. We want to share words that can unite and shine a light of hope in these difficult times. We thank our network of friends for their wisdom, guidance and solidarity.

The Rabbis taught העולם כמנהגו נוהג (ha-olam c’minhago noheig): the world is governed by inexorable forces over which humans have limited control, if any. It is human nature to hope that one would survive catastrophe....

Beloved Colleagues in Ministry, This is a message I wish I didn’t have to write. I do not want to know what I know. Because I learned my lessons about disaster ministry in one of the ugliest and horrific events that still resonates within my own soul, my local community and our nation. My teacher has been pain and heartache....

LIVE TOWN HALL EVENTS

june 2020

17jun2:00 PM3:00 PMPAST EVENT: Healing the Healers Special Edition: Preaching During Crisis: Igniting Pastoral Imagination in the Face of Fatigue, Injustice and Collective TraumaCo-Presented by DAY1.ORG2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Event Organized By: Odyssey Impact, Day1.org, Alban at Duke Divinity School & Center for Excellence in Preaching Event Type :Town HallVIEW THIS TOWN HALL

may 2020

13may2:00 PM3:00 PMPAST EVENT: Healing the Healers Special Edition: Prison Chaplains: On the Spiritual Front Lines in Correctional FacilitiesHow are prison chaplains providing care and hope during COVID-19?2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Event Organized By: Odyssey Impact, Chaplaincy Innovation Lab & Ending Mass Incarceration Event Type :Town HallVIEW THIS TOWN HALL & EXPERT RESOURCES

april 2020

30apr2:00 PM11:50 PMPAST EVENT: Healing the Healers Special Edition: The Rape of Recy Taylor Live Town HallCo-presented by Odyssey Impact and Ending Mass Incarceration2:00 PM - 11:50 PM EST Event Organized By: Odyssey Impact & NAACP Youth & College Event Type :Town HallVIEW THIS TOWN HALL

22apr2:00 PM11:50 PMPAST EVENT: Healing the Healers Special Edition: MILWAUKEE 53206 Live Town HallCo-presented by Odyssey Impact and Ending Mass Incarceration2:00 PM - 11:50 PM EST Event Organized By: Odyssey Impact and Ending Mass Incarceration Event Type :Town HallVIEW THIS TOWN HALL

20apr2:00 PM11:50 PMPAST EVENT: Healing the Healers Special Edition: The Rise of Intimate Partner and Family Violence During the COVID-19 Crisis: How can chaplains & faith leaders respond?Co-presented by Odyssey Impact, Faith Trust Institute and ACPE2:00 PM - 11:50 PM EST Event Organized By: Odyssey Impact, Faith Trust Institute and ACPE Event Type :Town HallVIEW THIS TOWN HALL & EXPERT RESOURCES

15apr2:00 PM11:50 PMPAST EVENT: Healing the Healers Special Edition: Navigating Communal Trauma in FaithCo-presented by Odyssey Impact and Macedonian Ministry2:00 PM - 11:50 PM EST Event Organized By: Odyssey Impact, Macedonian Ministry and Institute for Collective Trauma and Growth Event Type :Town HallVIEW THIS TOWN HALL & EXPERT RESOURCES

06apr12:00 PM11:50 PMPAST EVENT: Healing the Healers Special Edition: Spiritual/Moral Dilemmas in COVID-19: How Might Spiritual Care HelpParticular challenges facing those who provide spiritual care in health care settings12:00 PM - 11:50 PM EST Event Organized By: Odyssey Impact Event Type :Town HallVIEW THIS TOWN HALL & EXPERT RESOURCES

DIGITAL SCREENINGS

Odyssey Impact drives social change through innovative storytelling and media that connect faith and secular communities and inspire us all to take action on the most pressing issues of our time.

We are offering the opportunity for groups to host virtual screenings of four films. Interested in taking part?

ON THE WEB

News from around the globe as we together navigate the Covid-19 crisis.

According to my mother, there are two unique forms of grief that everyone touched by war understands. There’s the grief associated with the loss of human life—through bombings and brutal combat, and through the disease that runs rampant when health care and all other social services are halted....

Churches are usually packed this week, the holiest on the Christian calendar. But this year, with very few exceptions, they are empty. And not just in America. In Jerusalem’s Old City, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, a major pilgrimage center for Christians all over the world, was closed....

Passover is about how a people who stay steadfast in hope can be liberated as a community from Mitzrayim, "a narrow place." Easter is the death of one paradigm and the rising of another. Ramadan commemorates the end of jahiliyya, “the period of darkness,” which is vanquished in the emerging light of the Quran....

When Blaise Pascal said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone,” he clearly didn’t foresee the coronavirus. But one complication of the virus, and the social distancing necessary to slow its spread, is a nation where quiet rooms are more common....

Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father....

Churches across America have managed to get around bans on public gathering by moving their worship services online, but technology provides only partial solutions. In addition to presiding at services, religious leaders are expected to provide counseling, lead prayer groups and minister personally to people with special needs....

Turning outward to one another as the coronavirus locks us down. Many years ago, there was a debate at my rural church about whether the pastor needed a cellular telephone for his ministry. They were expensive, so, of course, the argument was partly about whether paying for one was a responsible use of parish funds....

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