What Members Say

Brian FinnertyBrian Finnerty

U.S. Communications Director, Prelature of Opus Dei, New York, New York

RCC is a great place for professional development, networking, and interfaith collaboration. At both our local chapter meetings and at the annual conference, there are opportunities to interact with journalists and with experts in different aspects of communication. Plus, the interfaith dimension of RCC means that you can learn from and develop friendships with colleagues from different faiths. A deeply rewarding experience, both professionally and personally.

Katherine KerrKatherine Kerr, APR

President, Polaris Non-Profit Solutions, LLC

I joined the RCC because I was looking for a professional association of communicators who understood the challenges of working for a small faith-based nonprofit. What I found is an organization of dedicated, mission-driven communicators committed to a better world through service and understanding. The RCC annual convention provides valuable professional development opportunities and meaningful time to learn about other faith traditions, thus nurturing and expanding my own spirituality. That’s quite a return on investment!

Casey TomCasey Tom

Manager, Faith For Today

The Religion Communicators Council has given me the opportunity to interact with so many different faith groups and learn about many different traditions and beliefs. My membership has allowed me to grow personally and professionally, while helping me stay connected with other interfaith professionals. I highly value my membership with RCC and I encourage other professional communicators to join RCC as well!

Kelly FanningKelly Fanning

Communications Director, Christ the King Catholic Church, Oklahoma City, OK

For many years my professional development and networking was focused narrowly on public relations and non-profit communications. Becoming a member of RCC has “fine tuned” things for me at the same time that it has opened things up. RCC provides me with the best of both worlds – focused professional development and a rich community of people with the same focus. The fact that RCC is an interfaith and ecumenical organization has been of great value to me, as it has enabled me to grow in my awareness not only of other religions and denominations but of my own biases and assumptions that I never would have had the chance to discern. Being part of RCC has helped me to grow in religious literacy and given me a broader community and perspective. I am a much more effective communicator and have an enriched personal life and professional life thanks to RCC.

Esteban GarcíaEsteban García

Media Relations Specialist, Bread for the World; Handa Fellow

I joined RCC in 2015, fresh out of college and ready to take on the work of faith-based advocacy. RCC has been a really importance source of knowledge and personal interaction with people of different faiths and other people who are in the business of communicating a common message of love rooted in the foundation of our many faiths. I will always be grateful to RCC for the opportunity it has given me to meet interesting and wise people from such diverse backgrounds. They have enriched my life and my work, even in the little time that I have been a member.

Daniel R. GanglerThe Rev. Daniel R. Gangler

Retired; former Director of Communication for Indiana United Methodist Communications

RCC continues to be my primary professional association as a religion communicator. RCC has provided continuing education and networking for me during the past two decades. It has also provided meaningful personal relations with communication professional across North America.

Ellen PriceEllen Price

Religion communicator for the Bahá'í Faith

I originally joined the RCC because, as a minority religion, I felt it was important for us to be represented in this national interfaith organization. Once I met the other RCC members and began to talk with them at local and national meetings, I came to realize the value of being able to have informal conversations about common challenges that we face when trying to communicate our faith stories to the public through the media.

I fondly remember walking through an airport with 3 RCC colleagues on our way home from a national convention. The four of us represented the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Baha'i faiths. I smiled brightly and thought, 'THIS is why I love the RCC. It is a place where I have the opportunity to grow in my field AND in my love for all of humanity.' And this is why I continue to be a member of the RCC; for my professional *and* my spiritual growth.

Laura Flippen TenzelLaura Flippen Tenzel

Retired; former Communications Coordinator for United Methodist General Board Higher Education and Ministry

I belong to RCC for three reasons: I am able to build relationships with others in different faith groups; I grow in interfaith understanding from the open perspective of what others share; I grow in my work through educational opportunities at the national convention.

Deb ChristianDeb Christian

Retired; former Director of Customer Relations for UMR Communications

Fellowship, network, develop – words that can be used as verbs (meaning action) – and describe just some of the benefits I find in my RCC membership. I can call on a pool of professionals for support and advice who do some or all of the same tasks and responsibilities I do in my job. I know of no other organization where I can get so much benefit for little more than $100 a year.

 
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