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Webcast: What the Data Really Says About Trends in Religion

speaker photosThe El-Hibri Foundation is hosting a live conversation with leading religion researchers David Kinnaman (Barna Group) and Alan Cooperman (Pew Research Center), moderated by Michelle Boorstein of the Washington Post.

This is a joint event of the El-Hibri Foundation, Religion Communicators Council, and Religion Newswriters Association. Tune in for the public webcast on December 11th at 4:30pm ET at www.elhibrifoundation.org/live.

Webinar: Faithful Internet

Rallying people of faith to keep the Internet open and free

Join us at Faithful Internet’s kick-off webinar on Monday, Nov. 24. RCC member Cheryl Leanza ( DC chapter)  will work with colleagues to discuss connecting the dots between communities of faith and  net neutrality.

On Monday, Nov 10th, President Obama announced his plan to protect a free and open Internet. Now the public needs to urge an independent federal agency to support Internet openness with a decisive vote. Why should faith leaders and communities raise their voices? Find out what's at stake on Monday, November 24th at 3pm EST / Noon PST. Visit www.FaithfuIinternet.org to RSVP.

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Webinar: Confronting an Epidemic: Religious Community Responses to Ebola

How religious communities can be more effective in their response

RCC and Religions for Peace USA are joining together MONDAY, Nov. 17 at 9:30 AM (EST) to bring this important webinar on Ebola with Dr. Katherine Marshall of Georgetown’s Berkeley Center of Religion, Peace and World Affairs and Emily Miller of the United Methodist Church.

Widespread hysteria and misinformation dominate the conversation about Ebola. Dr. Marshall and Ms. Miller will instead address the topic with reasoned and factual information.

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In a first, Washington National Cathedral to host Friday Muslim prayer service

By Michelle Boorstein

Washington National Cathedral, known for presidential funerals and other major spiritual services, will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time Friday.

The cathedral, part of the Episcopal Church, has long held high-profile interfaith events, and some mosques hold services in synagogues or churches if they need overflow space. But organizers said Monday that they are seeking to make a statement by having Muslim leaders come and hold their midday service in such a visible Christian house of worship.

“We want the world to see the Christian community is partnering with us and is supporting our religious freedom in the same way we are calling for religious freedom for all minorities in Muslim countries,” said Rizwan Jaka, a spokesman with the prominent ADAMS mosque in Sterling, Va., one of the co-sponsors of Friday’s service. “Let this be a lesson to the world.”

RCC Note: RCC member Craig W. Stapert is Director of Communication at the Washington National Cathedral.

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Making LinkedIn work for you

By Linda Bloom, New York Chapter President

Kevin Ryan at NYC Chapter meetingKevin S. Ryan (www.ksryangroup.com), a former journalist for the New York Times and Newsday and expert on social marketing for business, offered some helpful tips to the New York Chapter of Religion Communicators Council Nov. 5.

More than 20 participants brought laptops, tablets and smartphones to the workshop setting at the Church World Service conference room in the Interchurch Center.

Ryan offered practical advice on how to craft a LinkedIn profile which, he said, should read like a conversation rather than a résumé.

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