Series 3 – Youth Mental Health

Encouraging and Preparing Faith Leaders to Respond


Faith communities should be places of safety, hope and healing. With rising mental health needs of youth, will you know what to do to support, or even save a young person’s life?


This third series from the Telly Award-winning Healing the Healers project focuses on the urgent need for faith leaders to address the dramatic rise in anxiety, depression and suicide/suicide ideation for youth over the past year of compounding pandemic isolation and social justice movements. The film series focuses on breaking the silence and stigma surrounding youth mental health and addresses issues specific to COVID/pandemic, isolation, suicide, trauma, social justice and racial justice movements, and the support needs particular to BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.

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Series 2 – Domestic Violence

Encouraging and Preparing Faith Leaders to Respond


As 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experience domestic or intimate partner violence, statistics suggest this crisis affects EVERY congregation and faith community.


Faith leaders are often the first point of contact for a victim reaching out for help. Faith communities should be places of safety, hope and healing. When someone comes to you, will you know what to do to save that person’s life?


The series provides insights and strategies for care, along with practical tools to building a strong network of support in your faith communities. The series can be used for self-learning, workshops, trainings, as well as in the classroom and community. Series 2 includes 4 episodes and an expert written guide that navigates the complex issue of domestic violence to encourage and support faith leaders in creating safe and trusted communities for victims and survivors. Featured faith leaders include survivors of domestic violence and leaders who have bravely worked through this complex issue with those affected and their broader community.

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Series 1 – Communal Trauma

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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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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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?


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....


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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