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Faith Leaders Seek to Create a New Reality in the Gulf and the Nation


Faith at the Gulf produced by Odyssey Networks


New York, NY (Vocus) August 9, 2010

They helped their flocks rebuild after Katrina. They have been steadfast in the face of a fragile economy. But the BP Deepwater catastrophe has challenged the faith leaders of the Gulf in an unprecedented way. In this final segment of Odyssey Networks’ “Faith at the Gulf,” ministers from a variety of traditions explore the struggles they face in helping establish new priorities—priorities that the nation as a whole must eventually consider.

This last in the five-part series of video on-the-ground reports from Biloxi, MS features a conversation among Rev. Shari Prestemon, executive director of the Back Bay Mission of the United Church of Christ in Biloxi, MS, and faith leaders from the Biloxi area on enduring, overcoming, and addressing the need for a systemic change in our national lifestyle.

Clergy featured include Rev. James L. Sturm of Leggett Memorial United Methodist Church, Rev. Harold of Roberts of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Rev. Michelle Bailey of the Beauvoir United Methodist Church, and Rev. Andy Johnson of the First United Methodist Church in Gulfport, MS.

“It’s extremely important that in the midst of a crisis like this, faith leaders lift the word up,” Rev. Prestemon told Odyssey’s crew, “even if we don’t agree on everything…even if we don’t have the same perspective exactly or the same theologies.”

All of the “Faith at the Gulf” video reports can be viewed at www.odysseynetworks.org.

About Odyssey Networks

Odyssey Networks is the nation’s largest multi-faith coalition dedicated to producing and distributing media that promotes peace and tolerance and addresses issues of social justice. Established in 1987, Odyssey Networks is a service of the National Interfaith Cable Coalition, Inc. For more information visit www.odysseynetworks.org.

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Odyssey Networks? Exclusive Video Series Spotlights Faith in Action at the Gulf



New York, NY (Vocus) July 20, 2010

They are the first responders to the spiritual crisis wrought by the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico—faith leaders in the coastal communities whose task is to minister to the despairing and the desperate. Odyssey Networks’ “Faith at the Gulf” series of exclusive, on-the-ground video reports profiles these men and women and the communities they serve.

The first in this series of five video reports focuses on the historic Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, MS, and its executive director, Rev. Shari Prestemon. Founded by the United Church of Christ in 1922 as a social justice ministry to serve the local shrimping families, the mission played a significant role in the recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Now Biloxi and its shrimpers face a new threat to their livelihoods and way of life–oil pollution in the waters of the Gulf. Rev. Prestemon shares Back Bay Mission’s commitment to meeting this unprecedented economic and spiritual crisis. “Nothing is as it was,” she told Odyssey, “This is hitting directly the people we serve. We’re here to meet their needs but it takes a lot of strength, a lot of heart, a lot of faith. Faith is not a simple thing. It’s a complex thing. But it sharpens and crystallizes when it’s tested and we’ve had a lot of tests.”

The first of the “Faith at the Gulf” video series can be viewed now at www.odysseynetworks.org. Succeeding video reports will feature The Rev. Dr. Harold F. Roberts of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer and Rev. James L. Sturm of Leggett Memorial United Methodist Church, both of Biloxi. In addition to the video reports from Biloxi, Odyssey’s website also offers articles about the work of its faith group members in the Gulf, along with prayers for the recovery of the area.

About Odyssey Networks

Odyssey Networks is the nation’s largest multi-faith coalition dedicated to producing and distributing media that promotes peace and tolerance and addresses issues of social justice. Established in 1987, Odyssey Networks is a service of the National Interfaith Cable Coalition, Inc. For more information visit www.odysseynetworks.org.

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