New York Chapter
The New York Chapter of the Religion Communicators Council will meet on the third Wednesday of the month in 2015: January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, and May 20.
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We want to see you in 2015!
After some informal polling on preferences for meeting times/dates, we’ve set the 2015 monthly meetings for the third Wednesday of the month. So, for the first part of the year, please mark Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, April 15 and May 20 on your new calendars.
Wed., Jan. 21 – Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, founding editor and publisher of Kidspirit Online, a Wilbur award winner, a free teen magazine and website that “nurtures spiritual development and open dialogue with kids from all backgrounds and traditions.”
Wed., Feb. 18 – The Rev. David Schilling, a United Methodist pastor and senior program director, human rights and resources, for the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. He also has led the center’s initiatives to counter human trafficking and modern day slavery in the U.S. and globally.
Give us your best: Wilbur and DeRose Hinkhouse awards
All RCC members are encouraged to share the best of what they are doing by entering the DeRose Hinkhouse awards. And if friends or contacts in secular print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures has done outstanding work in communicating religious issues, positive values and themes, steer them to the Wilbur Awards.
Find entry forms for both at the RCC website.
Don’t forget to renew your RCC membership – or join now -- for 2015!
Making LinkedIn work for you
By Linda Bloom, New York Chapter President
Kevin 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.
"Give the Internet a Soul," meeting with Elizabeth Scalia, managing editor of Patheos.com
Our lunch meeting on Tuesday, April 15, featured a stimulating discussion with Elizabeth Scalia, a managing editor of Patheos.com, an online portal that promotes dialogue and offers "credible and balanced information about religion" to faith communities, academics and the broader public.
The group gathered at Opus Dei on East 34th.
Ms. Scalia talked about her Catholicism as a "terrible beauty of a life." And that Patheos features Catholic bloggers with many perspectives.
She discussed her book, "Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life" The blogger of the Anchoress critiqued the "gods" of the internet and social media as shrines to one's self and an "echo chamber."
Despite the internet's "evil," Ms. Scalia found comfort in Pope Benedict's dictate to "give the internet a soul."
Getting the story out is key element of faith-based disaster response
By Linda Bloom, NYC Chapter president
Can faith-based organizations fundraise for disaster response without sensationalizing or stereotyping?
Is it possible to explain the complexities of a disaster to donors?
Does the public realize the depth of experience that faith groups have in long-term recovery?
Those were some of the issues raised during a March 19 program on "Communicating in Times of Disaster," hosted by the RCC New York Chapter at the Interchurch Center, popularly known as "475" for its address on Riverside Drive in Manhattan.
"Begin at the ground up" to reach young people says Father Dave Dwyer to New York Chapter
Father Dave Dwyer, CSP, of Busted Halo, delivered a thought-provoking presentation at the February New York Chapter meeting on how religious groups can best reach young people.
He talked about the vast differences between generations. Whereas in our grandparents' and parents' days, people were religious and not spiritual, today, the opposite is true.
People are less loyal to religious organizations. Father Dave said, "It works the other way too, organizations are less loyal to individuals."
NY Chapter learns about Religion News Service
Religion News Service is a news agency reporting on religion, ethics, spirituality and moral issues. Before joining RNS, Bailey was managing editor for Odyssey Networks, covering religion through multimedia. She previously spent four years as online editor for Christianity Today. Her articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN and the Chicago Sun-Times, and have won awards from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.
Our lunch meeting took place at the Mormon Temple Building, third floor, 125 Columbus Avenue (and 65th Street).
John P. Blessington and Liz Kineke
Executive Producer John P. Blessington and Producer Liz Kineke, of CBS Television's Religion and Culture Series, spoke at the RCC NYC Chapter meeting in April 2011.
Arnold Labaton of Religion and Ethics spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in March 2011.
Rosanna Scotto, co-anchor of WNYW's Good Day New York, spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in January 2011. Learn more about Rosanna Scotto at Wikipedia.
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Tom Ehrich spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in January 2010. He discusses how religious organizations can use social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter), blogs, e-mail, and new marketing tools.
Listen to MP3 audio of Tom Ehrich or watch videos below.
Deacon Greg Kandra
Deacon Greg Kandra of New Evangelization Television spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in September, 2010.
Paul Raushenbush of The Huffington Post spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in April 2010.
Joshua M. Greene and Shiva Kumar
Joshua M. Greene and Shiva Kumar spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in March 2010 about using video for effective communication.
Joshua M. Greene is an Emmy-Award nominated filmmaker and author of several bestselling books on faith and religion.
Shiva Kumar, an awardwinning media producer and director, has worked in commercial and corporate filmmaking for over 20 years.
Shiva offers tips on how to incorporate video to deliver your message.
Terry Mattingly spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in February 2010.
Terry directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and writes a weekly column for the Scripps Howard News Service. He also leads the GetReligion.org website that critiques the mainstream media's coverage of religion news.
Ansley Roan of Beliefnet spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in January 2010.