The Odyssey Fellows program equips emerging faith leaders to convene brave and healing conversations on challenging civic issues across lines of difference leveraging the power of media/film.
Odyssey Impact® is pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity for emerging faith leaders for the 2022-23 academic year. This year’s cohort will represent emerging leaders across multiple faith traditions and international contexts.
Each Odyssey Fellowship includes the following programmatic components:
• $2,000 stipend for academic year 2022-23, paid through the Fellow’s educational institution (seminary contextual education dept. or similar)
• Participation in an international cohort of 10 colleagues working as reconcilers and bridge-builders across lines of difference from faith perspectives, engaging challenging civic issues, with ongoing opportunities as “Fellows Alum” in the future
• Mentorship and project development that align with each Fellow’s existing academic and vocational commitments (e.g. field education placements and contracts, internships, etc.)
• Specialized training for leading difficult conversations across lines of differences with trauma-informed approaches to media use and dialogue facilitation, including reconciliation skills
• $1,000 available for student projects, in collaboration with Odyssey and the Fellow’s educational institution (seminary or other)
• Three in-person cohort experiences (all travel & lodging expenses included)
• Immersion/cohort training at Rose Castle in the U.K., Aug. 13-21, 2022
• Interfaith cross-cultural experience and leadership in a screening event in Alexandria, Egypt, Jan. 3-10, 2023
• Final in-person convening in Atlanta, GA, in collaboration with the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, and the Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration and the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Temple April/May 2023 (TBD)
Applicants will propose a “rough draft” of a potential project that could be completed in the 2022-23 academic year in the applicant’s context. This proposed project would allow the applicant, given further training, to lead a brave and healing conversation across differences on a challenging civic issue in their context, leveraging the power of documentary film. See further details below.