How the National Council of Churches helped create the most beautiful ad of the season
Kudos to former RCC member Tony Kireopoulos
You may have seen it. Millions have, either on TV or in social media shares. People everywhere are talking about it, and the National Council of Churches helped create it.
Here’s how it happened: Associate General Secretary Tony Kireopoulos was contacted by Amazon Prime and was asked to consult on the creation of this ad. They wanted to make sure the sensitivities of both Christians and Muslims were protected.
Tony was involved throughout the production process. Together with input from other organizations, Amazon created an ad that appeals to our highest ideals and reflects the values of interreligious respect, peace, and kindness the National Council of Churches works for every day.
Entry period opens for 2017 Wilbur Awards
Religion Communicators Council to accept submissions until Feb. 6.
The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is accepting entries for the 2017 Wilbur Awards. Secular communicators have until Feb. 6, 2017 to submit work produced during 2016 for consideration in one of the oldest recognition programs in religion communication.
The council has presented Wilbur Awards annually since 1949. They honor excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – in communicating religious issues, positive values and themes.
Newtown movie highly recommended
By Bud Heckman
Make your way to a showing of the new documentary Newtown or host one in your community, if there isn't one nearby. See http://newtownfilm.com.
I was privileged to see on Nov. 2 the nationwide early screening and post show conversation with Chris Cuomo, director, & producers.
A very moving conversation about gun violence and our communities. Comes to PBS' Independent Lens in Spring 2017.
A few ditties:
There has been a more than 20-year Congressional restriction on funding firearms studies (until last week when National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded more than $3.3 million to five private institutions for firearms research.
It's hard to craft common sense mental health provisions which still honor full parameters of personal and privacy rights granted every person, sane or not.
RCC members Nick Stuart and CarolAnne Dolan are executive producers.
Religion Communicators Convention to explore faith communications and presence
CHICAGO, Ill. — The omnipresence of faith communications “here, there and everywhere” and mastering the channels for communicating those messages will serve as the theme of the Religion Communicators Council’s (RCC) annual convention, March 30-April 1, 2017 in Chicago.
The three-day event, “Virtually Here, There and Everywhere: Faith Communications and Presence,” will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Chicago O’Hare. The convention is a multi-faith forum intended to enrich, engage, educate and empower professional communicators of religion and faith-based issues.
Plenary presentations will include a discussion of violence and the role of faith communities; tips for covering Christianity and using theatre as a communicator. Workshops include podcast and Facebook techniques; creating materials by and for children and adolescents; communications lessons from hosting the Pope in the U.S.; crisis communications; and advancing ministry through Accreditation in Public Relations.
Among the featured speakers, panelists and workshop leaders confirmed:
Tips when covering Islam and Muslims
Top 30 do's and don'ts when covering Islam and Muslims — Tips from Wajahat Ali, co-host of Al Jazeera America’s The Stream to the 2015 RCC National Convention.
The first three are:
RCC Professional Development Webinar:
Using Brand Strategy to Create Social Change
Thursday, November 3; 1:00 p.m. ET
Ever thought about how you can use brand strategies to create social change?
Religion Communicators Council presents an opportunity to learn from a renowned expert who has led successful branding initiatives for the world’s largest nonprofit (United Way Worldwide) and America’s largest museum (The Met). RCC hosts a conversation with Cynthia Round, global brand builder and culture evangelist.
If brand-building strategy can create a cult-like following for a pair of running shoes or a cup of coffee, then surely we can use these same approaches to inspire better choices for healthy lives, give more children the education they deserve, or to save the planet. What can the world’s best brands teach us about creating positive social change?
Fighting racism, one step at a time
A new treatment program on par with Alcoholics Anonymous is taking aim at a problem that's afflicted America since it's birth: racism.
John Blackstone reports on the program started by Rev. Ron Buford, pastor of Congregational Church of Sunnyvale, UCC in Sunnyvale, California.
Thanks to RCC member Ben Guess for sharing this story.
Smithsonian’s Quran exhibit aims to dazzle the eyes and may soften the heart
(RNS) Islam prohibits the depiction of God or prophets, and some Muslims believe drawing any animate being is also forbidden. Certainly no such images appear in the Quran, its central holy book.
So there are no pictures per se in the first major exhibit of Qurans in the U.S., “The Art of the Qur’an,” on display at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on the National Mall until Feb. 20, 2017. What visitors to the exhibit can expect to see is words, thousands of Arabic words.
But these words, within the more than 60 Qurans on display, present a visually stunning tour of more than 1,000 years of Islamic history, told through the calligraphy and ornamentation that grace the sacred folios.
Susan Sparks: When religion and humor intersect
By Linda Bloom
Susan Sparks has made a career – make that several careers – at the intersection of religion and humor.
Her philosophy, honed through a personal journey that has taken her from trial lawyer to standup comedian to pastor, is a simple one:
"If you can laugh at yourself, you can forgive yourself and if you can forgive yourself, you can forgive others."
Sparks, who leads the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Manhattan and still occasionally takes the stage, was the featured speaker at the Sept. 20 lunch meeting of the New York Chapter of the Religion Communicators Council. The event took place at the Episcopal Center, not far from where world leaders were convening at the United Nations.
Policeman’s daughter dreams of day police, Black Lives Matter can work together
By RCC member Rev. Dr. Sheron C. Patterson
Native Charlottean Dr. Sheron C. Patterson, whose father was one of the first African Americans to integrate the Charlotte police department, says she feels the anger, frustration and fear of both police and Black Lives Matter movement.
“I am an African American clergywoman who supports the Blue, and the daughter of a retired Charlotte policeman who supports Black Lives Matter. My social media posts bear both hashtags. I endorse both without betraying the other because they are not mutually exclusive. Also both are organically in my DNA.”
51 things I’ve learned after 50 years in the editor’s chair
By Rich Peck*
Promoting Religious Literacy