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

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