I launched my fellowship by hosting an interfaith halal meal and inviting a large portion of my community into my home in an act of hospitality learned at Rose Castle.
In the beautiful Lake district of England at the newly remodeled Rose Castle, 14 Odyssey fellows, 3 advisors, the Director of the Odyssey Fellows program, and the staff of the Rose Castle Foundation gathered for a week of community building, hospitality, and training.
Inspired by the Chautauqua Institute’s unwavering dedication to their community, we were honored to screen our film, Stranger/Sister, to over 250 people as part of “Profiles In Courage” week at Chautauqua Institute on August 9.
“We had an awesome opportunity to partner with Odyssey Impact® in regards to sharing this profound story in the community of Knoxville Tennessee…There were plenty of tears and it gave an opportunity for healing to actually start within our community.”
– Rev. Vincent Jones
The story of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom brought hope and inspiration during Women’s History Month this year: we partnered with the Kaufman Interfaith Institute in Western Michigan for a screening of Stranger/Sister and discussion moderated by Dr. Jennifer Howe Peace with Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Co-Founders, Sheyl Olitzky and Atiya Aftab, along with Filmmaker Kirsten Kelly. Over 200 people registered for this virtual event to discover new ways to build bridges across lines of difference to stop hate.
“As a Black Faith Leader, gun violence survivor, and gun violence advocate, I have witnessed firsthand the lack of attention to the senseless killing of Black children, whose life and death were just as important as those in the Sandy Hook shooting. WE ARE ALL NEWTOWN, continues to remind us gun violence affects all people and we all hurt and grieve the loss of a loved one, the same.”
— Rev. Sharon Risher, Red Letter Christian screening participant
Odyssey Fellow, Staci Plonsky, coordinated a special screening of Healing the Healers: Domestic Violence in Brevard County, Florida to gather for the first time faith leaders, DV advocates, survivors, and local law enforcement to discuss how to cooperatively respond to domestic violence in Brevard County. Together, the group talked about the complex issues that emerge when a faith leader learns of abuse within a family in a congregation. What are “do’s” and “don’t’s” for clergy on this issue? Who do clergy call when they’re unsure?