RCC honors the life of Nelson Mandela
Faith groups all over the world are writing stories about Nelson Mandela.
Giving Tuesday gives boost to mission and ministry
Sample news item from Giving Tuesday from one of RCC's faith groups written by RCC member Melissa Hinnen. Send yours for posting.
D.C. Chapter learns about White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
by RCC member Cherilyn Crowe
Religion communicators in Washington, D.C., got an inside look at the White House’s faith-based office at their November meeting. Melissa Rogers, the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, gave a presentation to the D.C. chapter of the Religion Communicators Council, providing an overview of her work and sharing how different faith groups are working together to advance a common good.
Living in the Shadows: Religion's Response to Human Trafficking, to be broadcast on the CBS TV network
Living in the Shadows: Religion's Response to Human Trafficking, a CBS Interfaith Special, will be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 15, on the CBS Television Network. Please check your local station for exact time or check this list of participating stations. If you don't see your local station listed, call and ask if they will be playing the program Living in the Shadows: Religion's Response to Human Trafficking, an interfaith special.
This program looks at the issue of human trafficking and what faith communities are doing to raise awareness and empower survivors. The International Labor Organization conservatively estimates that worldwide (including the U.S.) there are 21 million enslaved people. Labor and sex trafficking is the third largest illegal "business" in the world, after drug and arms trafficking.
NY Chapter learns about Religion News Service
The New York Chapter meeting on Tuesday, November 19, featured Sarah Pulliam Bailey, national correspondent for Religion News Service. Here, Sara Michaels, left, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shares a laugh with Sara Pulliam Bailey, right.
Religion News Service is a news agency reporting on religion, ethics, spirituality and moral issues. Before joining RNS, Bailey was managing editor for Odyssey Networks, covering religion through multimedia.
Entry period opens for 2014 Wilbur Awards
Religion Communicators Council to accept submissions until Feb. 3
Secular writers, publishers and producers can now submit work for the 2014 Wilbur Awards.
The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) will accept entries through Feb. 3 for one of the oldest recognition programs for religion coverage by secular communicators. Submissions must be produced during 2013. Entry forms are available online.
Award categories include newspapers, magazines, books, photography, television and cable, radio or podcasts, feature films, and digital communications. Juries of media professionals coordinated by council members across the country evaluate submissions on content, creativity, impact and excellence in communicating religious values.
Nearly three quarters of household charitable giving goes to organizations with religious ties, new study finds
Groundbreaking research by Jumpstart and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy expands understanding of religious influences on giving
(Los Angeles, CA) The new report Connected to Give: Faith Communities demonstrates that nearly three quarters of all U.S. household giving—73 percent—goes to organizations with religious ties. The report, which for the first time takes into account donations to religiously identified charitable organizations alongside congregations, highlights the multidimensional nature of religion and giving in America.
“It’s like putting on 3D glasses,” said report co-author Dr. Shawn Landres, CEO and research director of Jumpstart, the philanthropic research and design lab spearheading Connected to Give.
Silver Surfer University provides technology education to adults
As many of RCC members' faith groups use more and newer technologies to share their messages, they are also finding it necessary to address how and IF their target audiences know how to use the technology. Believe it or not there is a specialized "university" for active adults who embrace Internet and Social Media related devices.
Silver Surfer University is focused on providing technology education and support to active, mature adults and is the brainchild and service of Ed Sanders. He presented information about this resource to the Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter at the November chapter meeting.
RCC members - writer-Linda Unger and photographer Mike DuBose - are "on the ground" for Typhoon Haiyan relief
Tacloban, November 19, 2013—The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) delivered food packages today to waiting residents of Barangay Naganaga, a struggling and impoverished community in Tacloban, Philippines, that was hard hit by wind, intense rain, and an estimated 15-foot storm surge during Typhoon Haiyan on November 8.
At least 800 of the bright yellow bags of rice, oil, beans, and other staples were handed out to residents who had survived the storm by grit and grace, and who waited for the food packages in muddy lines. “Thank you for helping us,” one survivor after another called to UMCOR staff and volunteers as they struggled under the more welcome burden of the 33 pound bags.
Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter learns how to successfully fail at procrastination
Using the engaging comment that "focus is our friend!" speaker and business coach Lauren Midgley taught members of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter of RCC how to successfully fail at procrastination at a recent chapter meeting.
Ms. Midgley offered concrete ideas and suggestions about how to stop putting off tasks, set better priorities, correctly estimate one's capacity and make close friends with "focus." Noting that procrastination usually stems from fear or time issues. Some of us just don't estimate very well how much time a project or task will take. Others believe they need to be "perfect" and fear they'll be rejected or fail if they are not, so put off starting projects.
Faith-Based Network TV Programs
RCC members Casey Tom and Linda Walters have been involved in the Christmas program for NBC called "Miracle at Gate 213," a heartwarming special for the whole family. See flyer and watch your local listings on NBC stations.