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Stephen Prothero to speak at April convention

Dr. Stephen Prothero is a key leader in religious literacy and will be with us Thursday, April 9 for the opening of our convention.

Dr. Prothero is a professor in the Department of Religion at Boston University and the author of numerous books, most recently The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation (HarperOne 2012), God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter (HarperOne, 2010) and the New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Americans Need to Know (HarperOne, 2007).

He has commented on religion on dozens of National Public Radio programs, and on television on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, FOX, and PBS. He was also a guest on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, "The Colbert Report," and "The Oprah Winfrey Show." He was also the chief editorial consultant for the six-hour WGBH/PBS television series "God in America" (2010).

A regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, he has also written for the New York Times, Slate, Salon, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe.

In 2010 he was invited to speak about religious literacy at the White House. During 2012-13 he was a fellow at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History.

Prothero received his BA from Yale in American Studies and his PhD in the Study of Religion from Harvard. He lives on Cape Cod, and he tweets @sprothero.

World Religions: Sikhs, Seventh-Day Adventists, and Mennonites — an Interfaith Special - to be broadcast Dec. 14 on CBS

Richard (Dick) Duerksen, retired RCC member, being interviewed by Wilbur Award winner CBS producer Liz Kineke.

World Religions: Sikhs, Seventh-Day Adventists, & Mennonites, a CBS Interfaith Special, looks at three faiths and asks them to share with us their beliefs, traditions, histories and modern voice. This special broadcast will be on the CBS Television Network Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 (check local listings ).

On the program, we interview:

  • Simran Jeet Singh, who is a Sikh and a PhD candidate at Columbia University’s Department of Religion
  • John L. Ruth, a Mennonite who is a descendent of the first early Mennonite settlers in the U.S.
  • Joel Alderfer and Forrest Moyer of the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, Penn.
  • Ella Smith Simmons, Vice President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, a Protestant denomination that began in America in the mid-1800s
  • Dr. Bill Knott, editor of the Adventist Review and Adventist World
  • Richard Duerksen, Assistant to the President for Maranatha Volunteers International


Webcast: What the Data Really Says About Trends in Religion

speaker photosThe El-Hibri Foundation is hosting a live conversation with leading religion researchers David Kinnaman (Barna Group) and Alan Cooperman (Pew Research Center), moderated by Michelle Boorstein of the Washington Post.

This is a joint event of the El-Hibri Foundation, Religion Communicators Council, and Religion Newswriters Association. 


Making LinkedIn work for you

By Linda Bloom, New York Chapter President

Kevin Ryan at NYC meetingKevin S. Ryan (www.ksryangroup.com), a former journalist for the New York Times and Newsday and expert on social marketing for business, offered some helpful tips to the New York Chapter of Religion Communicators Council Nov. 5.

More than 20 participants brought laptops, tablets and smartphones to the workshop setting at the Church World Service conference room in the Interchurch Center.

Ryan offered practical advice on how to craft a LinkedIn profile which, he said, should read like a conversation rather than a résumé.


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