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Workshops at spring 2018 convention to help Religion Communicators polish skills

ATLANTA, Georgia – Fifteen professional development workshops during the 2018 Religion Communicators Council National Convention will help faith-based communicators enhance their management, storytelling and interpretive skills. The meeting runs April 5-7 in Atlanta.

Meeting participants can choose from workshops covering multi-religious activism, copyright laws, media monitoring, branding and design, crisis communication, and planning for the “We Are Sikhs” national public service announcement campaign. The 15 workshops are organized into three five-session tracks:

  • Management — Sessions related to public relations as a management function and the subjects tested on the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations.

  • Communication techniques — Sessions designed to improve storytelling skills and abilities to engage key publics through various media.

  • Interfaith issues — Sessions that examine roles communicators play in promoting religious literacy, fostering understanding of various faith traditions and cultivating relations between people of differing faiths.

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.

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Webinar: Punctuated: Re-thinking Communications in our Interrelated World

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 1 PM ET, Robert Chase will lead a webinar with RCC members drawing insights from his storied career in faith-based communications. See the Robert J. Chase website and his new book Beyond the Comma for more information.

Using the simple mark of punctuation separating all that comes before from all that follows, Chase explores how we navigate the changes after “comma moments” in our life journeys. Some of these pauses are intricately planned and self-created like a sabbatical or the birth of a child; others are imposed by external forces – sometimes violently or without warning – like an act of terror or a devastating illness.

Beyond the Comma challenges the reader to be attentive to these moments and the multi-layered intersections that follow. Some intersections are deeply personal; others are corporate, even global. According to the book’s premise, by navigating the interrelationship of these forces, we become more whole.

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Making faith connections at the United Nations

By Candice Johnson

Lynnaia Main, Ryan Koch, Chrysula Winegar

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017 the New York Chapter of the Religion Communicators Council gathered at the Episcopal Church Center for its monthly lunch meeting. This month’s speakers were Lynnaia Main who is the Episcopal Church’s Representative to the United Nations and Chrysula Winegar of the United Nations Foundation. They spoke about making faith connections at the United Nations.

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Entry period opens for 2018 Wilbur Awards

Religion Communicators Council to accept submissions until Feb. 5.

Wilbur Award trophyThe Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is accepting entries for the 2018 Wilbur Awards. Secular media professionals have until Feb. 5, 2018 to submit work produced in 2017 for consideration in one of the oldest recognition programs in religion communication.

The council has presented Wilbur Awards annually since 1949. They honor excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, books, blogs, film, radio, podcasts, and television – in communicating religious issues, positive 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 film makers, bloggers, and book authors. See the 2017 Wilbur Awards program and winners list for a complete list.

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Reimagining Religion 2018: New Stories, New Communities

Reimagining Religion 2018: New Stories, New Communities, January 26, 2018

A note from the RCC President: New venture

RCC seeks to highlight how, through storytelling, communicators are instigators for change. To do so RCC is experimenting with a one-day conference format with a cadre of respected partners in a regional setting on the West Coast.

RCC is a lead organizer along with the Religion News Association in offering a conference hosted by the Knight Program in Media and Religion at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, Claremont School of Theology, and others.

The conference is 10:00am to 7:00pm Pacific time on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

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