RCC 2015 Convention

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

When

April 9-11, 2015

The Westin AlexandriaWhere

The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314-5700

The Westin has easy access to Washington, D.C. The hotel is a quick walk or shuttle ride to a Metro station and Old Town Alexandria. It is two Metro stops away from Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA).

RCC room rate: $139, plus 14.5% tax, plus $1, or $160 for single or double. Please make your own room reservations (deadline March 18, 2015).

RCC discount rate for overnight parking: $13 per night

Complimentary WIFI in guest rooms.

Registration

Full registration is $395 (includes workshops, meals, plenary sessions and tour of Newseum).

Register online – pay online or register online and mail check

Register by mail – download, print, and mail with check

Save the date flyer

Trio guiding 2015 convention

Cherilyn Crowe

Cherilyn Crowe – Director of Communications, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

Bill Aiken

William (Bill) Aiken – Director of Public Affairs, Soka Gakkai International - USA

Jeanean Merkel

Jeanean Merkel – Director for Member Engagement, Lutheran Services in America

2015 Convention Schedule

Convention planning is on-going; schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday, April 8

Time

Event

7:00 p.m.

Registration Open

7:00 p.m.

Wednesday Night at the Movies

Movie Title: TBD

Optional Event

 

Thursday, April 9

Time

Event

9:00 a.m.

Registration Open

at the Westin Alexandria

Morning

Optional: Visit Newseum on your own

555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

12:00 p.m.

Depart Westin for Newseum

Transportation provided

1:00 p.m.

Welcome and orientation

Charles HaynesWelcome to the Newseum by Dr. Charles Haynes, Director of the Religious Freedom Center Education Project at the Newseum

1:30 p.m.

Keynote

2:30 p.m.

Religious Literacy / Trends Panel

Highlighting the need to be aware of religious trends nationally and globally, how biases affect our messages and communications

3:45 p.m.

Tour Newseum

NewseumOne of the top attractions in Washington, D.C., the Newseum’s 250,000-square-foot news museum offers visitors a state-of-the-art experience that blends news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. The Newseum Institute serves as a forum for First Amendment study, exploration and education. 

The mission of the Newseum is to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through education, information and entertainment.

Closes at 5:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

Reception / Mixer

Location: El-Hibri Foundation

Bud HeckmanHosted by Rev. Bud Heckman, Director of Outreach and the Mosaic Initiative at El-Hibri Foundation (Washington, DC) and Senior Advisor to Religions for Peace USA (New York City).

7:00 p.m.

Evening on your own

Buses return to Westin Alexandria or spend more time in DC on your own

 

Friday, April 10

Time

Event

8:00 a.m.

Business Meeting

Continental breakfast

9:15 a.m.

Keynote

10:15 a.m.

Workshops

11:30 a.m.

DeRose-Hinkhouse Award trophyDeRose-Hinkhouse Awards Lunch

Recognize active RCC members who demonstrate excellence in religious communications and public relations.

See entry forms on the DeRose-Hinkhouse page

2:30 p.m.

Media Panel

Moderator:

Adelle BanksAdelle Banks, production editor and a national correspondent at Religion News Service (RNS)

Panelists:

Michelle BoorsteinMichelle Boorstein, religion reporter for The Washington Post

Eric MarrapodiEric Marrapodi, Senior Washington producer and contributing editor to CNN's Belief Blog

Wajahat AliWajahat Ali, co-host of Al Jazeera America's The Stream

3:45 p.m.

Workshops

5:00 p.m.

Evening on your own

 

Saturday, April 11

Time

Event

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast Networking Time

9:00 a.m.

Keynote

Shaun CaseyThe Role of Religion in International Affairs

Shaun Casey is Special Representative to the Secretary of State for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.

Workshops

12:30 p.m.

Luncheon / Presentation

Faithful Responses to Local / Global Needs

Presenters include:

Karin AchtelstetterDr. Karin Achtelstetter, General Secretary of World Association for Christian Communications (WACC) based in Toronto, Canada and an RCC member.

2:30 p.m.

Workshops

4:15 p.m.

Networking

6:00 p.m.

Wilbur Awards Meet & Greet Winners

7:00 p.m.

Wilbur Award trophyWilbur Awards Dinner and Presentations

Recognize excellence in the communication of religious issues, values and themes in secular media.

Speakers and Workshop Leaders

Listed in alphabetical order.

Dr. Karin AchtelstetterDr. Karin Achtelstetter

Speaker

Dr. Karin Achtelstetter, General Secretary of World Association for Christian Communications (WACC) based in Toronto, Canada and an RCC member.

She is former Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Lutheran World Federation, and former Coordinator of the Public Information Team & Media Relations Officer of the World Council of Churches, both based in Geneva.

Jonathan AikenJonathan Aiken

Workshop leader

A veteran of 40 years in the news and video fields, Jonathan is currently head of ActualityMedia, which specializes in media training, video production and support to non-profit organizations, government agencies and the private sector.

Prior to launching ActualityMedia, Aiken spent 9 years with the American National Red Cross, working from its National headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he developed an intensive media training program that has been used for the past 8 years on more than 1,500 staff, volunteers, and management.

Before joining Red Cross in 2005, Jonathan spent 11 years at CNN in both Washington and Atlanta, beginning as a freelance writer and ending his career in 2005 as a Correspondent with CNN Headline News (now HLN) and CNN International, where he anchored global broadcasts.

Wajahat AliWajahat Ali

Panelist

Wajahat Ali is co-host of Al Jazeera America's The Stream, a daily news show that extends the conversation to social media and beyond. He is a lawyer, a consultant for the U.S. State Department and was also the lead author and researcher of "Fear Inc., Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America," the seminal report from the Center for American Progress.

Ali is also the author of The Domestic Crusaders, the first major play about Muslim Americans, post-9/11. Witty and emphatic, he speaks on the multifaceted Muslim American experience, and an emergent generation of millennials poised for social change.

Adelle BanksAdelle Banks

Media Panel Moderator

Adelle Banks is production editor and a national correspondent at Religion News Service (RNS).

She previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton. She is a 2014 Wilbur Award winner.

Michelle BoorsteinMichelle Boorstein

Panelist

Michelle Boorstein is religion reporter for The Washington Post where she reports on the busy marketplace of American religion.

The Religion Newswriters Association awarded her its "Religion Reporter of the Year" award for religion writing in large news organizations in 2011 and 2013.

Prior to joining The Washington Post, she reported on stories around the world for The Associated Press. She has a Master's degree in Near Eastern Studies.

Shaun CaseyShaun Casey

Keynote speaker

Shaun Casey is Special Representative to the Secretary of State for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He is currently on leave of absence from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, where he is Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the National Capital Semester for Seminarians (NCSS). His research interests include ethics and international affairs, the public implications of religious belief, and the intersection of religion and politics.

He has written on the ethics of the war in Iraq as well the role of religion in American presidential politics and he is writing a book on ethics and international politics tentatively titled Niebuhr's Children.

He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School with a Master of Divinity Degree and a Doctor of Theology in Religion and Society. He also earned a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Charles HaynesCharles Haynes

Speaker

Dr. Charles Haynes is the Director of the Religious Freedom Center Education Project at the Newseum and a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center. He writes and speaks extensively on religious liberty and religion in American public life.

Haynes is the author or co-author of six books, including First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights in America (2006) and Religion in American Public Life.

He holds a master's degree from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate from Emory University.

Bud HeckmanBud Heckman

Reception / Mixer Host

Rev. Bud Heckman is an interfaith relations, fundraising, and communications specialist. He currently serves as the Director of Outreach and the Mosaic Initiative at El-Hibri Foundation (Washington, DC) and as Senior Advisor to Religions for Peace USA (New York City).

Rev. Heckman served on the Interreligious Cooperation Task Force for President Obama through the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

An ordained Christian minister from the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, he has also consulted for many global interfaith organizations.

Rev. Heckman is editor of an award winning reference book for the field called InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook (SkyLight Paths, 2008). He lives in Manhattan and DC.

Eric MarrapodiEric Marrapodi

Panelist

Eric Marrapodi is Senior Washington producer and contributing editor to CNN's Belief Blog. As an award-winning journalist based in Washington, DC, he covers everything from natural disasters, to politics, to religion.

He is the founding co-editor of CNN's Belief Blog. The site has won many awards for digital journalism, including a 2013 RCC Wilbur Award and a Webby, an Online Journalism Award, and multiple awards from the Religion Newswriters Association, including site of the year in 2012. He regularly appears on CNN to report on religion.

Eric has an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from Quinnipiac University and a Masters degree in Religious Studies from Georgetown University.


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