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Thursday, March 24, 2011


"From Time to Time" (T2T) for March 24, 2011

Here's my latest from “Time to Time” (T2T) e-mail that I send to Odyssey Networks' members and friends:

· I hope you all noticed in Deb Mathews’ most recent monthly update the housing discount offer for our May 9 – 11 Odyssey Member Gathering – the first 20 people who register will receive their room at the Desmond Tutu Center at a $100/night discount (Odyssey will pay this for you) so your room rate becomes $179/night instead of $279. And the rooms at the Tutu center are very nice! If you need a registration form, Deb can send it to you again.

· We’ve received lots of attention for our recent Faith Under Fire series with pickup from the Huffington Post, Democracy Now, Beliefnet, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, NY Net, and CNN iReports, among others. You can catch up with this material at http://www.odysseynetworks.org/faith/faith-under-fire.

· Looked at Call on Faith lately? There’s a new channel from the Baha’i beginning this month. Check out their wonderful Call on Faith promotion – “The Baha’i Faith? There’s an App for that!” - http://ht.ly/4kKbX.

· Odyssey is proud to be one of the founding members of “Prepare New York” - www.prepareny.com, a coalition of New York based interfaith organizations also including Odyssey members Auburn Seminary, the Interfaith Center of New York, and Intersections International, who are committed to preparing New York City (and the nation) for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 by promoting civil dialogue, education about religious pluralism, support for the Muslim community, and coordinating events on the day of the anniversary. Bill Reilly, Esslie Hughes and I have part of the coalition’s work thus far.

· What’s the latest in the “digital universe?” Odyssey sent staffers Mat Tombers and Greg Nelson to the recent “South By Southwest” (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas to find out. Read all about their findings at http://www.odysseynetworks.org/blogs/category/odyssey-sxsw-2011.

· Odyssey’s newest film for the Hallmark Channel, “The Shunning,” based on Beverly Lewis’ best-selling novel, will premiere on Hallmark on Saturday, April 16 at 9:00 pm eastern time. Watch Hallmark’s promo piece at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCvrlYUmXYQ&feature=related.

· The NICC Board of Trustees Member Relations Committee met again this week and will recommend to the full board at their April meeting that five additional new members be approved, three faith-related organizations and two individuals. They are:
o The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, New York, New York – www.irdialogue.org
o The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Georgia – www.rccatl.org
o Women of Spirit and Faith, Long Beach, California – www.womenofspiritandfaith.org
o Norris J Chumley, New York, New York – www.jesusprayermovie.com (his latest project)
o Rebecca Larson, Geneva, Switzerland – www.actalliance.org

These are in addition to the six I previously reported to you in my last (January 31) T2T e-mail.

· Since I last wrote to you I have traveled to Atlanta where, with Peter Wallace’s help, Esslie Hughes and I gathered twelve members for a luncheon meeting. We also visited several other Atlanta area prospective members. My travel picks up over these next weeks: I’ll be at the Religion Communicators Council’s Convention in Little Rock, Arkansas next week and the Episcopal Communicators gathering in Memphis the following week. Not long after that I am with the Salvation Army in Orlando. And, of course, I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our May 9 – 11 Odyssey Member Gathering here in Manhattan!

Warmest wishes on this snowy Spring Thursday!