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Free flow of information is critical in crisis

by Rev. Larry Hollon

Larry Hollon“Fear has gripped the nation.” With those words, the Rev. George Wilson of Liberia summed up the state of his country and described the cost of not allowing information to flow freely in a time of crisis.

Rev. Wilson, who is coordinating The United Methodist Church’s response to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, said in a conference call that fear is preventing people from taking proper steps in dealing with the deadly virus.

Read more on Rev. Larry Hollon's blog, Faith, Media & Culture. Rev. Hollon is a member of RCC and spoke at the RCC 2014 Convention in April.

News from the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture, Inc.

Stewart Hoover with students and colleaguesDr. Stewart Hoover, president of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture, Inc. (ISMRC) conference is pictured here (back row, center, white shirt) with present and former students and colleagues at the 2014 ISMRC Conference, currently meeting in Canterbury, Kent County, England. Dr. Hoover is a past RCC convention speaker.

The International Society for Media, Religion and Culture hosts a conference every other year that brings together those interested in how world religions are represented, discussed, and practiced in and through media, and what difference this makes for our lives.

Read more on the ISMRC Facebook page or see the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture web site for links to reports including Dr. Hoover's presidential address to the conference. Follow #‎ismrc2014‬ on Twitter for live updates.

Resources from the Pew Research Center

The July 17 newsletter from the Pew Research Center includes several helpful articles including:

  • How Americans Feel About Religious Groups
  • How many people of different faiths do you know?
  • As Mideast Violence Continues, a Wide Partisan Gap in Israel-Palestinian Sympathies
  • and more.

Read the full newsletter...

Church youth take shelter, pray for others, as typhoon hits Philippines

RCC President Jay Rollins and long time Nashville Chapter RCC member Steve Horswill-Johnston are in the Philippines for the Global Young People's Convocation, hosted by the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.

Participants were awakened in the middle of the night by strong winds and rain. The storm, Typhoon Rammasun, was the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people in the region, according to news reports.

The Rev. Steve Horswill-Johnston, executive director for communications at the General Board of Discipleship, captured the video of the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Rammasun and its impact on the more than 300 youth, young adults and leaders at the Convocation. Everyone is safe and there have been no injuries.

See video and read full story...

Importance of Open Internet and Net Neutrality for People of Faith

Members of the RCC DC Chapter invite you to join the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the United Church of Christ's media justice ministry, OC Inc., to discuss and learn more about the implications of the Open Internet debate for faith communities.  

Tuesday, July 29, 1:00 pm, The United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave., NE, Washington DC 20002


RCC members of United Methodist Communications staff invite you to The Game Changers Summit

Communications Technology is making the world smaller and helping to improve lives.

United Methodist Communications is hosting a conference focused on how you can use these emerging technologies to transform lives in remote regions of the world.

As religion communicators, you understand the power of words to foster abundant life. The channels for sharing life-giving and lifesaving messages have been limited for much of the world, but things are changing with the arrival of mobile phones – now accessible by over 80% of the world. With the proper messaging, these devices can improve the quality in all walks-of-life – from education to healthcare, job skills and more.


The Challenges and Opportunities of Interfaith Peacebuilding

Cherilyn CroweOn Thursday, June 19, 3pm EDT, RCC is partnering with Religions for Peace, USA (RFPUSA) for another webinar Where Religions Come Together: The Challenge and Opportunities of Interfaith Peacebuilding. Jim Winkler, NCCUSA General Secretary; Aaron Stauffer, host; and Cherilyn Crowe, RCC member, convener of the RCC DC Chapter, and Director of Communications for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, will discuss the communication needs in peacebuilding efforts in the interfaith movement.


"Modern Masters Of Religion," an interfaith special, set for Sunday, June 29 on CBS

"Modern Masters Of Religion," a CBS Interfaith Special, explores the works and influence of several 20th century voices of varied religions. This special broadcast presents their place is modern religious history and the people they have affected. The program will be broadcast Sunday, June 29 on the CBS Television Network (check local listings).


Communication rights vital to post-2015 development

By Philip Lee; Photo by Thorsten Krafft

Rev. Dr. Karin AchtelstetterIn a presentation at a seminar on "Access and Equity of Communication Technology and Rights for the Marginalized Peoples in Asia" held 22-23 May 2014 in Manila, Philippines, WACC General Secretary Dr Karin Achtelstetter stressed the need to place communication and multimedia at the heart of the post-2015 global development agenda.

Noting the growing interconnectedness of the world, especially in more privileged parts of the world, and astonishing developments in communications technology, she pointed to urgent problems that remain to be addressed.

Read more on the WACC site...

Winkler speaks on the importance of faith voices in larger conversations

By Emily Woodell, Baptist Joint Committee Intern

Jim Winkler at DC Chapter meetingOn March 19, the Washington D.C. chapter of the Religion Communicators Council sat down with Jim Winkler, the newly elected General Secretary/President of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. The conversation centered on the future of the organization and religion in the United States.


Funding for the Interfaith Movement

By Bud Heckman, Member of RCC's Board of Governors

There is the old story about the preacher who goes before his church's capital campaign committee to say he has "good news" and "bad news" about the campaign situation. The good news, he reports, is that "the campaign has more than enough money to meets its objective!" The bad news, he reports to the committee, is that "all of the funds are still tied up in your possession."

Read more on The Interfaith Observer...

Faith-Based Network TV Programs

"Modern Masters Of Religion," an interfaith special, set for Sunday, June 29 on CBS

"A New Calling: Spiritual Second Careers," an interfaith special on CBS

Building a Basilica: A Documentary

Living in the Shadows: Religion's Response to Human Trafficking

Journey Into Action: A Call To Care to air on NBC

World Religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Christian Science, and Jainism, An Interfaith Special, available online

Public television launches Sacred, a global crowd-sourced documentary depicting one year of spiritual and religious life on earth

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