Religion Communicators Council

Religion Communicators Council

An Interfaith Association of Religion Communicators since 1929


Update: May 2014

May greetings to all of you as we continue to CELEBRATE 85 years of RCC! Many exciting opportunities are available to you as an RCC member.

2014 Convention

Once again our national convention in Nashville gave us networking opportunities, new skills and creative ideas to enhance our jobs. For those who could not attend, continue your own skill building by reviewing workshops and plenary sessions posted on the RCC Convention page.

Matt Carlisle, Founder of Big Heart Creative, shared the slides from his workshop on "Strategic Planning of Web Sites."

Videos of two plenary speakers are available on RCC's YouTube channel thanks to Andy Rawls:

Kudos to the Nashville Chapter planning team. A job well done.

Legacy Circle

The RCC Board created the Legacy Circle to invite members to join the Circle as part of celebrating our 85th anniversary in 2014 and building to the future.

Contribute $850 or more and join others who are committed to the principles and practices of professional interfaith communications.

Charter Legacy Circle Members are: Tom McAnally, Deb Christian, Shirley Struchen, Jeanean Merkel and Jeff Huett and RCC Chapters, both existing and former: Philadelphia, Twin Cities, Central Texas, Atlanta, New York City, Louisville, KY, Washington, DC, and Nashville, TN.

We want to add your name as a Legacy Circle member. Contact Jim Cullumber, RCC Treasurer at [email protected] or call 317-713-2429. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Many thanks to Mike Hickcox for producing the RCC 85th Anniversary History video which debuted at the convention and is available on the RCC YouTube channel.

Researcher seeks information about interfaith work

A Vanderbilt University doctoral student is seeking information on interfaith work in the United States.

Mark M. McCormack is conducting an online survey to better understand who participates in interfaith organizations and how these organizations function. He hopes to uncover information useful to both practitioners and scholars. If you would like to participate in the survey, go to

All responses are anonymous. The questionnaire should take about 15 minutes to complete. If you have questions about the research, you can reach McCormack at [email protected]

Dallas Chapter explores faith and film

Take 2: Faith in FilmsDuring their April meeting, the Dallas / Fort Worth Chapter took a look at ways a variety of movies can show faith without actually being about faith.

A United Methodist pastor serving a suburban church in the DFW metroplex, Kenny Dickson has always loved films and references them regularly with his congregation. He isn’t afraid to suggest cable shows or current R-rated movies, or even an older TV series that may strike a chord with some of the retired folks and the younger members are seeing now in syndication.

Dickson’s main complaint about the current trend in faith-based movies is that so many of them are being funded by extremely conservative Christians who are in turn controlling the message of the films. Writers and directors are being told what the content of their script can be. This leads to potentially interesting stories (which could have made good movies to reach out to people who are looking for a faith message) being turned into an exclusionary experience that only emphasizes the things that non-religious people find unacceptable about organized religions.

A great side-effect of this program – we got a head start on our Wilbur Watch activities for this year! Deadline for Wilbur Award entries is February 4, 2015.

New members

WELCOME to over 40 new members to RCC for 2014. One of the benefits of membership is the ability to check our Job Openings page and to post additional openings.

RCC 2015

Mark your calendar for April 9-11, 2015 for the Religion Communicators Council National Convention in the DC area at the Westin Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.

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