RCC 2018 discount rates expire March 13

We will meet at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, 165 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Please make your own hotel reservations online or call 800-833-8624; use block code Religion Communicators Council.

Attendees at the 2018 national convention will tour and visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights on Saturday, April 7. Ticket price is included in your registration.

Religion Communicators Council 2018 Convention

Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication

April 5-7, 2018

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-659-6500

Reserve your hotel room and register for RCC 2018. Special room rates and early bird registration rates expire March 13, 2018.

The 2018 Religion Communicators Council Convention will be held April 5-7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting will conclude with the Wilbur Awards Banquet on Saturday night, April 7.

Participants can choose from workshops covering multi-religious activism, enhancing your story with digital media, copyright laws, media monitoring, branding and design, crisis communication, and planning for a national public service announcement campaign.

The workshops are organized into three tracks:

  • Management / APR track
  • Communication techniques track
  • Interfaith issues track


RCC 2018 Registration and Hotel Reservations

RCC 2018 Schedule and Speakers

RCC 2018 Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities


DC Chapter meets at National Press Club

The Washington, D.C. chapter of the Religion Communicators Council held their January 2018 meeting at the National Press Club.

RCC members had lunch at The Reliable Source restaurant and toured the storied building, which includes a full service broadcast studio, a piano scandalously sat on by Lauren Bacall in 1945 as Vice President Harry Truman played it, the city's first post-prohibition liquor license, and other assorted memorabilia.

The National Press Club has more than 3,500 members, including journalists from every major news organization. And, each day, there are journalists doing their work at the Club.

See more photos on the RCC Facebook page


Entry deadline nears for 2018 Wilbur Awards

Religion Communicators Council to accept submissions until Feb. 5.

Wilbur Award trophyEntries for the 2018 Wilbur Awards are arriving at the Religion Communicators Council office in New York City as the February 5 deadline approaches. Secular communicators are encouraged to submit their best work produced in 2017 for consideration in one of the oldest award programs in religion communication.

Work may be entered in MANY categories including: Web-based communication, books, feature films, photography, newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Juries of media professionals coordinated by RCC members across the country evaluate submissions on content, creativity, impact and excellence in communicating religious values.

The council has presented Wilbur Awards annually since 1949. They honor excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – in communicating religious issues, values and themes. Winners in 2017 included 20th Century Fox - "Hidden Figures"; Woman's Day Magazine - "Winning at Life"; The Associated Press - "Divided America"; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "Silent Sanctuaries"; The Commercial Appeal - "Faith Matters"; Unity Productions - "American Muslims: Facts vs. Fiction"; CBS-TV Sunday Morning - "The Harmony Project"; ABC Television - "black-ish"; and National Geographic - "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman" along with documentary filmmakers, bloggers, and book authors.

The 2018 awards are to be presented April 7 in Atlanta, GA, during the council's national convention. Winners receive a handcrafted stained-glass trophy and national recognition for their work.

The award is named for the late Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in religious public relations and longtime council leader. For more information on the Wilbur competition or entry details, go to the Wilbur Awards page on the RCC website.

About the Religion Communicators Council

RCC logoThe Religion Communicators Council is an interfaith association of more than 400 religion communicators working in print and electronic communication, advertising, and public relations. Members represent Bahá’í, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim faith communities. Founded in 1929, the council is the oldest public relations professional association in the United States.

Questions? Contact Shirley Struchen, or 212-870-2402.


2018 convention engages how faith communities use public relations

Atlanta — One of the plenary panels during the 2018 Religion Communicators Council (RCC) National Convention will demonstrate how faith groups have used advertising and public relations to reach key populations since the 19th century. The meeting runs April 5-7.

Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication is the theme of the three-day event at the Sheraton Atlanta. One highlight on the meeting schedule is a visit to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.


‘Engaging the wider community’ on religious topics

By Linda Bloom

David Gibson at New York Chapter meeting (photo by Ryan Koch)

David Gibson, the well-known Religion News Service reporter, recently spoke with members of the Religion Communicators Council’s New York Chapter about his new position as director of the Fordham University Center on Religion and Culture.

He was part of the chapter’s Nov. 21 lunch meeting in the offices of United Methodist Women at the Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr.

According to its website, the center, based at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus, “explores the complex relationship between religion and contemporary life in a manner that advances beyond the caricatures and misapprehensions that often form public perceptions and color media coverage about faith issues.”

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