RCC 2012 — In[ter]dependence: Religion Communication Today

 April 12-14, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

As religion communicators, do we operate in a marketplace or a community? Is our job to sell the faith we represent, build bridges for our organization to various publics, get the word out or something else? What connections do we — or should we — have inside and outside our organizations? What's our role on the team?

Join us April 12-14, 2012 in Philadelphia, where our nation declared independence, to explore these and other questions about our interdependence. Come prepared to examine communication trends, share best practices and join other RCC members in setting a course for the future.

Plenary Sessions and Workshops

  • The In[ter]dependence of Faith and Government Working for the Common Good with Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (FBNP) directors Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Zeenat Rahman, and Eugene Schneeberg. See USAID’s Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships initiatives web page for more information.
  • Plenary by Debra L. Mason, Executive Director of Religion Newswriters and Director of the Center on Religion & the Professions at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Plenary by Emma Jones Lapsansky-Werner, Emeritus Professor of History and Curator of the Quaker Collection at Haverford College.
  • Story Lines and Stereotypes: How many of the prevailing narratives about Islam undermines our civil rights and threatens our national security led by Alex Kronemer, Co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) and Executive Producer of PBS Documentaries. See My Fellow American web site — the videos shown during the plenary are available on the web site.
  • In[ter]dependence and Design led by Ed Gold, Professor at University of Baltimore where he directs both the M.F.A. in Integrated Design program and the Ampersand Institute for Words & Images in the University's School of Communications Design; Kelly Holohan, M.F.A. Coordinator and an Associate Professor in the Graphic & Interactive Design Program (GAID) at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia; and Neil Kleinman, Senior Fellow in the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy and Professor of Multimedia and Communication at the University of the Arts. See A Guide to Intellectual Property PDF file and Resources for Nonprofit Branding PDF file for handouts.
  • Getting Out of the Writing Rut led by Mary Jacobs, staff writer for the United Methodist Reporter in Dallas, Texas.
  • Social Media Mania led by Mary Beth Coudal, Staff Writer at the General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church and Beth Buchanan, Web Content Coordinator at the General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church.
  • "In the Spotlight" Media Training Workshop led by Anuttama Dasa, a Governing Body Commissioner and the Director of Communications for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
  • Crisis Management: No Time for Sissies led by Philip Poole, APR, Executive Director of Samford University's Office of Marketing and Communication.
  • Video for Communicating Ministry in Today's Media World led by John Kahler, Media Consultant at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and Freelance Producer.
  • Civil Disobedience: With a Public and Prophetic Voice led by Jordan Blevins, Assistant Director of Land and Water Programs and Coordinator of the Poverty Initiative, National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program Office.

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