RCC says: Religion is part of everything. RCC helps you talk about it!

Religion Communicators Convention

Update October 2014

As Religion Communications Council (RCC) members and religion communicators, we are drawn together in our common pursuit of excellence in religion communications and ongoing professional development. RCC is a place for an exchange of ideas and increasing understanding of the many faiths that make up this nation

We all know the face of information gathering and journalism is changing. We don't just tell the stories of faith communities, but also work at shaping and capturing the spectrum of perspectives on religion as current events unfold, polarize or unite people for a cause or belief.

At a recent Board of Governors meeting, Board members struggled with questions concerning the misunderstandings in conflict situations around the globe . . . situations where religion plays an important role. After much discussion, the RCC board came up with a key message:

Religion is part of everything. RCC helps you talk about it!

Join us at our 2015 convention next April as we continue the "talk."

Jay RollinsBest,

Jay Rollins, RCC National President


Convention April 9-11, 2015

The Westin, Alexandria, VA. Faith-Based Communications: Connecting Locally, Reaching Globally

The total program of our 2015 convention will feature speakers that will engage you in dialogue. Workshops are planned to add to your skill levels and move us to the next level!. Visit www.religioncommunicators.org/convention for continual updates to schedule.

On Saturday we will feature faithful responses to local/global needs with "boots on the ground" – what progress is made. Stores will be shared of groups working cooperatively for a common goal.

Karin AchtelstetterOne of our presenters is Dr. Karin Achtelstetter, General Secretary of World Association for Christian Communications (WACC) based in Toronto, Canada and an RCC member.

She is former Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Lutheran World Federation, and former Coordinator of the Public Information Team & Media Relations Officer of the World Council of Churches, both based in Geneva.


Member News

Andrew Schleicher (Nashville) freelance writer and director of services with Christians Engaged in Faith Formation (CEF) welcomed a baby girl, Eva Grace Schleicher, in June. Andrew and CEF are now planning for their international conference October 17-20 in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information visit CEFUMC.org.

Several of our members can use additional prayers from you: Marti Bailey (NYC) retired member underwent surgery for aortic valve replacement; Cynthia Astle with eye challenges; Royya James and her new baby Alexander; and for many of our members in New York City who work for the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. The Board has just announced a major move out of NYC.


Webinar Video: Where Religions Come Together: The Challenges and Opportunities of Interfaith Peacebuilding with RCC members Cherilyn Crowe and Bud Heckman.

New film presented by @notinourtown and @copsoffice, "Waking in Oak Creek," tells the story of the powerful community and law enforcement response to the 2012 hate crime shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Use this film in your town to launch meaningful conversations and positive action to address hate and intolerance and promote a safe, inclusive community! Watch the trailer and request a free screening kit and DVD on the Waking in Oak Creek web site.

We value all of you as RCC members and ask that you continue to support RCC through your financial gifts. Donate online or send your tax deductible gift made out to RCC to Religion Communicators Council, 475 Riverside Dr., Room 1505, New York, NY 10115.

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