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

Call for Entries for 2015 DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards

D.C. Chapter Discusses Multimedia and Digital Communications


Webinar: The Challenge of ISIS in America: Perspectives from Peacebuilders and Interfaith Leaders

Webinar speakersIt's time for a clearer, more respectful understanding of how the U.S. interfaith movement approaches the conversation between the so-called Islamic State and faith in public life to be heard. We can't let pundits and so-called experts control the general public's understanding.

On October 27, Aaron Stauffer, Executive Director of Religions for Peace - USA, spoke with Dr. Omid Safi of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Jerusha Lamptey of Union Theological Seminary in New York City and Dr. Ron Kraybill, Senior Advisor on Peacebuilding and Development to the United Nations, stationed in Manilla, to help us reframe this conversation. 

You are invited to watch the webinar video.


Crisis or Opportunity? You decide, speaker advises New York Chapter

By Linda Bloom

Neva Rae FoxIs attention being paid in a less than flattering way to your religious group, institution or official? Decide whether being in the spotlight is a "crisis or opportunity," advises Neva Rae Fox, the public affairs officer for the Episcopal Church.

Fox offered some of her "best practices" for crisis communications during the Oct. 1 meeting of the New York Chapter of the Religious Communicators Council.

Even a positive event or topic can receive negative social media postings or negative press, she warned. Fox suggested taking the following steps to deal with a crisis:

  • Review the situation – what are the details and what exactly is the crisis?

  • Pull the emotion out of the crisis and "name your demon."

  • Prepare a fact sheet and Q&A.

  • Dust off your mission statement and use it to your advantage.

  • Keep your web site updated as information becomes available.

  • Monitor social media chatter on the subject and have a group of bloggers and/or tweeters to call on to help relay the correction information.

  • Never use humor in a crisis situation, it could backfire.

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