2015 Convention: Faith-Based Communications: Connecting Locally, Reaching Globally

Wilbur Awards banquet: April 11, 2015

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CBS leads list of 2015 Wilbur Award winners

Religion Communicators Council honors 22 for work during 2014

Wilbur Award stained glass trophyNEW YORK — CBS-TV has won three, and a freelance journalist has won two 2015 Wilbur Awards.

The Religion Communicators Council announced 22 Wilbur Awards March 9. The awards honor excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – in communicating religious issues, values and themes during 2014.

Other winners include the Oprah Winfrey Network, BuzzFeed, Religion News Service, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Huffington Post, a Miami radio station, and a Knoxville, Tennessee, television station.


A Fruitful Conversation: NPR host and pastors join seminary’s conversation on race

WASHINGTON (UMNS) — “If it’s in the news and it concerns people, the church should have something to say about it,” NPR Host Michel Martin said. Martin was one of the speakers, along with United Methodist pastors and professors, at Wesley Theological Seminary’s recent conversation on race. Martin is also a student at the seminary. Amy Shelton, Director of Marketing and Communications at Wesley and RCC member, reports.

Read story on Wesley Theological Seminary site...

DC chapter discusses the intersection between development and communications

 By Emily Howard, Intern at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

Part of the formula to any successful nonprofit is the ability to fundraise and attract people to its cause. The Washington, D.C. chapter of the Religion Communicators Council sat down with three development directors of religious nonprofits to dissect this topic further at their March meeting.

Guest speakers Kari Bert of Bread for the World, Daphne Price of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the BJC's Taryn Deaton talked about how communications professionals can help meet fundraising goals.


Interfaith educational resources

In recent years, the Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department in Toronto, Canada has committed itself to building a web site featuring curriculum and useful educational resources for interfaith work.

These resources include online courses, toolkits, best practices, do-it-yourself workshops, activities, multifaith prayer services, guidelines, games, meditations, Powerpoint, etc.

See the "Interfaith Dialogue" page for links to all their resources. Highlights include the "Principles and Guidelines for Interfaith Dialogue" and the "Golden Rule Across the World's Religions."

This is an excellent resource packet. Our friends at Scarboro Missions in Canada were part of the RC Congress 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. ~ Shirley Struchen, RCC Exec Director

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.

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