August Update: Member News, Chapter News, and Game Changers Summit

Religion Communicators Council


Religion Communicators Council

An Interfaith Association of Religion Communicators since 1929


August 2014 Update

Dear Colleagues,

Photo: Shirley StruchenHappy August! The summer has been very busy for many of our RCC members as they continue to write about and interpret our faith based ministries at home and around the world. Our membership has a wide diversity of faiths as well as job descriptions. We are video producers, writers, photographers who can show us the results of a typhoon in the Philippines within minutes via social media. We are able to participate in educational webinars planned by members and share blogs and alerts on Facebook.

RCC members are in critical positions to interpret the stories of faith through our relief agencies, hospitals, universities and outreach to our neighbors.

It is an honor to serve with you as your RCC executive director as each of you work for healing in a hurting world.

Many Blessings,

Shirley Struchen

PS: Send me news about your work so I can share it with other RCC members.

Your Board of Governors will be meeting Aug 22-24 in Alexandria, Va (site of 2015 convention). Let me know if you have items we should discuss or ideas for future webinars. [email protected]

RCC Member News

Photo: Doug CannonImmediate RCC Past President Douglas F. Cannon was selected for membership in the Public Relations Society of America College of Fellows. He is to be inducted Oct. 11 in Washington during the 2014 PRSA International Conference.

Founded in 1989, the College of Fellows is a community of more than 300 senior PRSA members who have advanced the public relations profession and distinguished themselves through their experience and leadership in the public relations industry.

Cannon, RCC president from 2008 to 2010 and 2012 to 2013, is the fourth council member selected for the PRSA group and the first in 16 years. Other RCC members in the College of Fellows are:

  • Alice M. Dykeman (Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter), inducted in 1991
  • Wesley M. "Pat" Pattillo, inducted in 1993
  • Donn J. Tilson, inducted in 1998

Admission to the college is open to public relations practitioners or educators who have:

  • At least 20 years' experience in public relations
  • Earned Accredited in Public Relations
  • Demonstrated exceptional capability and accomplishment in the practice or teaching of public relations

Cannon teaches public relations at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He worked as a United Methodist communicator for 24 years and was a U.S. Army public affairs officer for 28 years of active and reserve service.

Photo: Emily MillerEmily Miller (NYC Chapter) joins the Communication and Development team, United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries as the Associate General Secretary. Emily has worked with United Methodist Women since 2006 as Creative Director.  With UMW, she successfully rebranded the organization, redesigned Response magazine, web site, all collateral materials, and extended the brand via social networks.

Thank you!

Thank You for financial gifts from: A.E.P Wall and Amy Shelton.

Chapter News

New York City – 1st Fall meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 3 at noon at 475 Riverside Drive (corner 120th St).

Mary Ann Zimmer will share about the basics that every content provider (once called writers, journalists, communications staffers) should know about copyright issues on the Internet. What rights do we have to our work once it's posted on the web? Can others re-purpose it without our permission? Ms. Zimmer is an entertainment lawyer with clients in television, film, video and internet production and distribution, in all areas including intellectual property, publishing and licensing.

Invitation to Game Changers Summit Sept 3-5, 2014, Nashville, Tn

United Methodist Communications is hosting a conference focused on how you can use emerging communication technologies to transform lives in remote regions of the world.

As religion communicators, you understand the power of words to foster abundant life. The channels for sharing life-giving and lifesaving messages have been limited for much of the world, but things are changing with the arrival of mobile phones – now accessible by over 80% of the world. With the proper messaging, these devices can improve the quality in all walks-of-life, from education to healthcare, job skills and more.

Come to The Game Changers Summit, September 3-5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and learn from global experts who are already finding success in this new landscape. You'll learn how to integrate simple solutions into your global work.

Register now at There, you'll also find press releases and other media to help you share this groundbreaking event with others.

Game Changers Summit. . . where dreamers and doers gather to harness the power of communications technology.

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