Videos


The Transformation of Russell Brand

Do you believe people can change? What does it take to change and what would convince you someone has changed? Remember Russell Brand, the controversial, formerly drug and sex-addicted, adolescent funny man who became a movie star with roles in mindless hit comedies and was married for a bit to Katy Perry? In the video below, a collection of interview highlights, Brand shares a message of spiritual revolution and idealism. Is it possible he has evolved into an enlightening force? Watch as he describes how celebrity, our mainstream media, and corrupt political,......

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Eddie Izzard's Acts of Gods

Oscar Wilde once said, “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh or they will kill you.” Eddie Izzard, the surreal, free-associative, British comic embodies this wisdom. I saw this self-described “action transvestite” at a wildly crazy, funny show on the New York stop of his 2014-’15 tour, Force Majeure – a title derived from the French for “Acts of God.” Force Majeure deals with grand philosophical ideas, but if it has a theme, it’s simple: There is no God! Izzard hilariously reflects on the bizarreness of god-demanded human......

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Video: Fearful of Being Happy in Iran

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record video series: This week seven young Iranians were arrested for creating a video of Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy.” The move to arrest them was motivated by fear. The important issue, not just in Iran, but for all of us, is the danger of acting out of fear. Seems to me it’s not the best way to make decisions. Watch my video below for more commentary on this: Here is the video that the director and dancers made: Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith......

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Video: The Good Book, A Great Book?

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record video series: This week, attorneys in Broward County, Florida argued over the right of Park Lakes Elementary School student Giovanni Rubeo to read the Bible during a free reading period. It turns out the Bible is on the approved list of books, though the school claimed it was not. The bottom line is cultivating love of reading should trump whatever book you may happen to be reading. Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore......

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Inside the Lives of Single Mom Rabbis

I just watched a documentary – called All of the Above: Single, Clergy, Mother – that touched my heart, mind, and spirit. In the movie, three rabbis and a cantor, each raising kids, describe with remarkable vulnerability their candid experiences pursuing the choice of single motherhood. All of the subjects of the film are successful and prominent in their communities and of course, for any woman, the decision to become a single mother is complicated. Their four narratives vary in poignant ways, but in eloquently revealing personal physical, emotional, and financial details......

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Video: The Supreme Court and Public Prayer

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record video series: This week the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the rights of a local town council in Greece, NY to open their meetings with a prayer, saying it did not violate the constitutional prohibition against government establishment of religion. In this week’s video, I discuss how we got to this place, how the court rendered its decision and how we can move forward in as healthy a way as possible from this decision. Please be sure to also read Irwin’s take on......

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Why Look Down on Tech Devices?

When we open our computers, it’s our doors we shut,” is the central message in “Look Up,” a viral video eschewing the use of social media, computers and phones when living and experiencing life. I appreciate what it speaks to, but I cannot help noticing the profound irony that without social media, this message doesn’t get shared. In fact, when this video travels across social media – and it’s been seen by over 20 million people – it’s typically under the headline that it “must be seen by everybody!” Am I the......

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The Botched Execution of Clayton Lockett

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record video series: The scheduled execution of Clayton Lockett by the State of Oklahoma went terribly wrong Tuesday night when the cocktail of drugs administered did not provide the swift, antiseptic death promised by “lethal injection.” Instead, Lockett died of a heart attack following a gruesome reaction to the drugs. No matter how clean and tidy we try to make the death penalty, the bottom line is we are killing people. Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better.......

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How We Choose Our Heroes

Some say that we live in an age without heroes. Do you think that is true? Well, even if it is – even if we no longer have people who walk among us who seem larger than life – we surely have not lost the ability to admire others. The question is whom do we admire, and why them? Perhaps it was the video below about a former skinhead, or perhaps it was a recent conversation with my 12 year-old daughter, but the question of whom we admire and why we do......

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Video: Is Humanist a Religion?

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record video series: The U.S. Army announced this week that active duty personnel will now have the option of claiming “humanist” as a religious preference. According to the American Humanist Society, humanism is a philosophy that “without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity.” Some people of faith may take issue with the decision, but I see this as a victory for people of all faiths. When it comes to matters of the......

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