Religion Communicators Council

Religion Communicators Council

An Interfaith Association of Religion Communicators since 1929


Update: June 2014

RCC's 85th summer and the year ahead

Jim Cullumber, CMP, RCC National Treasurer

The calendar says summer begins this month – but at RCC, summer and vacation are not synonymous. While several chapters conduct a "lighter" program during the summer months, we already know that the DC chapter is hard at work planning next year's conference. The theme is "Faith-Based Communications: Connecting Locally, Reaching Globally." The event will be held April 9-11, at the Westin, Alexandria, VA. Chapter members are busy lining up speakers and tapping into the vast resources that the Capital area provides. You'll want to block out these dates on your 2015 calendar!

On 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, convenor 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. More information on the RCC web site.

Summer also is a time when many faith-based groups hold their conferences, conventions and other gatherings, providing us as communicators with the opportunity to showcase our talents and skills.

As RCC celebrates its 85th year, and recognizing that our efforts happen year-round, your contribution of $85 in 2014 will greatly help RCC as it seeks to provide a growing number of opportunities for us to promote excellence in the communication of religious faith and values in the public arena and encourage understanding among religious and faith groups. You can make your tax-deductible gift online.

Jim Cullumber, CMP, RCC National Treasurer
[email protected]

Why I am an RCC member

Laura Flippen Tenzel, RCC Member

Laura Flippen Tenzel, Communications Coordinator, United Methodist General Board Higher Education and Ministry says:

I belong to RCC for three reasons:

  • I am able to build relationships with others in different faith groups;
  • I grow in interfaith understanding from the open perspective of what others share;
  • I grow in my work through educational opportunities at the national convention.

Join Laura and others by inviting your colleagues to become members of RCC today at reduced price of $50 for NEW members (June-December 2014)

Congrats to RCC members

Karri Whipple (NYC Chapter and RCC Board Member) was awarded the 2014 Bishop Edmund S. Janus Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement Award at Drew Graduate Division of Religion at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

Bud Heckman (DC chapter and RCC Board Member) wrote "Funding for the Interfaith Movement" which appeared in the May 15, 2014 The Interfaith Observer (TIO).

Rev. Eric Shafer (MAL (Member at Large)) will be Installed as Senior Pastor of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Santa Monica, CA on July 13th.

Katherine Kerr, APR (MAL and RCC Board Member) Austin, TX, has just completed her certification process for accreditation in public relations – APR. Learn more about APR.

Welcome to new RCC members

Elizabeth Drescher (MAL), Senior Correspondent, Religion Dispatches, San Jose, CA.

Teresa Suarez (Nashville), Donor Services Coordinator for United Methodist finance agency and works on weekly eNewsletter.

Rachel Wolfe (DC Chapter), Media Relations officer, Office of Public Affairs, Bahá’ís of the U.S.

Jacob Bender (MAL), Executive DIrector, Philadelphia office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. See story: CAIR taps Jewish filmmaker to lead Philadelphia chapter.

John Meermans (MAL), involved in social service activities and church renewal at United Church of Christ (UCC) church, Half Moon Bay, CA.

Students: Jazmine Steele (DC) Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC and Babatunde Olorunfemi (Dallas/Ft Worth) from Irving, TX.

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