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‘Day 1’ receives video production grant from Odyssey Networks

April 20, 2012

ATLANTA

Odyssey Networks, an interfaith media organization based in New York City, has granted the Alliance for Christian Media $15,000 to produce a series of short-form videos for use on the web and on Odyssey’s Smartphone app, “Call on Faith.”

The Alliance produces the national ecumenical radio program “Day1,” which airs weekly on 200 stations across America, in 8 countries outside the U.S., and on the Internet at Day1.org.  The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a partner in all three organizations.

The grant will help cover production costs for a new video series called “Day1 Meditations.” These three-minute inspirational messages will offer viewers biblical encouragement and wisdom for daily living from a mainline Christian point of view.

Each of the 20 videos in the series will feature an outstanding church leader and communicator representing one of the mainline denominations. The presenters will also preach on the weekly “Day1” radio program throughout the year.

The video segments will be available on the Day1.org website, OdysseyNetworks.org, YouTube, and other sites. Plans also call for their inclusion in Odyssey’s “Call on Faith” Smartphone app, which makes available a variety of video segments from religious groups.

Alliance president and executive producer Peter Wallace will serve as producer and director; Donal Jones, audio engineer; and Simon Cowart, videographer and editor.

“We are deeply grateful for this generous grant from Odyssey Networks, with whom we’ve had a strong relationship over many years,” Wallace said. “We are eager to produce this exciting new series of videos, which we hope will meet the spiritual needs of a broad audience.”

This year Odyssey has distributed grants to 17 organizations representing a variety of faith and spiritual traditions. Odyssey Networks is the nation’s largest interfaith coalition dedicated to producing and distributing media that builds bridges of understanding among people of different beliefs and perspectives.

Established in 1987, Odyssey Networks is a service of the National Interfaith Cable Coalition, Inc.

The mission of the Alliance for Christian Media is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through all existing and emerging communication media. Its goal is to enhance the voice of the historic mainline churches in America to connect the world of faith with the world in which people live.

The “Day1” radio program has been broadcast every week for 67 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” The Alliance is a national non-profit organization founded in 1945.

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