Patel’s Vision of Purposeful Interfaith Cooperation
Interfaith Youth Core Founder Eboo Patel published a response this week to a Religious Dispatches essay critical of Interfaith as a cure for religious violence. Supporting a notion that Interfaith cooperation has not standardized political values or beliefs across the Interfaith diaspora. Patel asserts differing political positions do not hinder a healthy interfaith community where the shared value is peace and co-existence.
Updated malaria documentary now airing on NBC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist Communications is releasing an updated version of the Imagine No Malaria documentary, “Killer in the Dark: An Extraordinary Effort to Combat Malaria,” in collaboration with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission. This sequel, set to air on NBC affiliates through Nov. 3, reflects new research and scientific advancements in the fight against malaria.
Several RCC members have been involved on the production team including Jan Snieder, Kay Panovec, and Harry Leake.
Bob Edgar remembered for "commitment for pluralism"
by Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, former Secretary General of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
Bob Edgar was a tireless advocate for interfaith dialogue and cooperation. He traveled to Plainfield Indiana to the headquarters of ISNA to begin a long lasting partnership between NCC and ISNA. We worked like twins in the post 9/11 era to fight against bigotry and hatred. He was a saintly Christian leader with a commitment for pluralism and moderation and provided support and strength to our community. He addressed our conventions and meetings and invited us to address his leadership meetings until we were able to build trust and confidence between the communities. We will remember him as an inspiring leader and compassionate friend representing the best of Christian values.
Edgar challenged 2003 RCC convention with environmental crisis
by Daniel R. Gangler (former National RCC President)
INDIANAPOLIS — The late Dr. Bob Edgar spoke to our Religion Communicators Council Convention at Indianapolis April 24, 2003. In that address, he did not raise themes for which he was more noted – mainly the poor and politics – but the environment. He raised the environmental issue showing how communicators play an important role in preserving and protecting our God-given environment.
United Methodists mourn Bob Edgar
by Kathy Gilbert
The Rev. Bob Edgar, a United Methodist pastor and a “tireless defender of the poor and an advocate for justice,” died unexpectedly April 23 of a heart attack at his home in the Washington area. He was 69.
Edgar, who was top executive of Common Cause, is the former top executive of the National Council of Churches and a former six-term member of Congress from Pennsylvania. He was president of United Methodist-related Claremont (Calif.) School of Theology from 1990 to 2000.
Three Important Things to Know About Accreditation in Public Relations
by Philip Poole, APR
APR is a mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice, and who are selected based on broad knowledge, strategic perspective, and sound professional judgment.