2016 Convention: Faith-based Communications: Bridges, Avenues, and Intersections

DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards entry deadline: January 21, 2016

Wilbur Awards entry deadline: February 5, 2016

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For retired church producer, success meant changed lives

Fred Rowles"I like producing. I like directing. But I also love the interaction between brother and sister people of the faith," said J. Fred Rowles, veteran agency producer and retired RCC member.

Which of Rowles' experiences are most memorable? After visiting 44 countries while working for United Methodist Communications (UMCom), he has a lot to recollect.

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Congratulations to so many of our RCC colleagues at UMCom... 75 years!

Progressing Technology Strengthens an Innovative Agency

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — From manual typewriters in the 1940s to today's sleek hand-held devices, United Methodist Communications (UMCom) has a record of embracing useful technologies and equipping the local church with modern ministry tools. The agency's strength has been in its willingness to evolve. Laura Buchanan has the story as United Methodist Communications continues its 75th anniversary observance.

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Outcalt writes second book with universal religious themes

Review of Common Ground: Lessons and Legends from the World’s Great Faiths

By Daniel R. Gangler*

Common Ground: Lessons and Legends from the World’s Great Faiths by Todd Outcalt

For the second time in as many years, Todd Outcalt has written a book which broadens his readership beyond a Christian audience to include people of historic faith groups worldwide. This one is titled Common Ground: Lessons and Legends from the World’s Great Faiths (Skyhorse, 2015). This book of stories and legends affirms there is a common ground or common themes in the sacred scriptures and other wisdom literature we collectively hold dear despite our theological or geographical moorings.

In Common Ground, Outcalt, a prolific writer and senior pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in the Indianapolis suburb of Brownsburg, Indiana, goes beyond Christianity in projecting a wider source of not only Christian and Jewish Scriptures and other writings, but also Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Native American, Confucian, Sikh and other sacred writings. In fact, from time to time, he even considers wisdom literature beyond any sacred sources, such as Aesop and famous internationally-known authors of previous centuries.


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Promoting Religious Literacy

Longing for Peace / Exploring the Heart of God – 2015 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, North Carolina, November 12-15, 2015

The Lake Junaluska Peace Conference is an ongoing response to God’s call to peacemaking and reconciliation. Affirming the community of Abrahamic faiths, the Peace Conference seeks to work in partnership with Christians, Jews, Muslims, and members of other religious traditions to advance the work of reconciliation and peace.

Engaging Faith Communities in Disasters: Religious Literacy & Competency – Sewanee, Tennessee, November 9, 2015

This curriculum provides an overview of why and how to engage faith communities during disasters and public health emergencies. The modules demonstrate how diverse religious and cultural practice increases partner capabilities and builds whole community resilience. The course offers tools (tip sheets & a field guide set) and foundational skills to competently engage religious leaders and congregations in the field.

Religious literacy resources recommended by RCC

2015 Convention News

State Department official describes impact of understanding role of religion on foreign affairs

Panel of religion writers discusses changes in their industry

RCC awards excellence in religion communication at D.C.-area ceremony

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RCC workshop leader offers tips for effective media placement

Religion reporter offers advice for getting coverage

Communications professionals need a ‘seat at the table,’ Steigman tells RCC convention

Workshop teaches how to research and evaluate well and on a budget

RCC elects Casey Tom president at annual business meeting

Former Obama adviser, experts on religion discuss importance of religious literacy

CBS leads list of 2015 Wilbur Award winners

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