Stephen Prothero to be plenary speaker

Religion Communicators Convention

Update January 2015

Convention News

Stephen Prothero to be plenary speaker

Stephen ProtheroStephen Prothero is a professor in the Department of Religion at Boston University and the author of numerous books, most recently The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation (HarperOne 2012), God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World – and Why Their Differences Matter (HarperOne, 2010) and the New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Americans Need to Know (HarperOne, 2007).

He has commented on religion on dozens of National Public Radio programs, and on television on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, FOX, and PBS. He is also a Wilbur Award winner.

Jonathan Aiken to lead two workshops : Media Training and Effective Media Placement

Jonathan AikenA veteran of 40 years in the news and video fields, Jonathan is currently head of ActualityMedia, which specializes in media training, video production and support to non-profit organizations, government agencies and the private sector.

Prior to launching AcualityMedia, Aiken spent 9 years with the American National Red Cross, where he developed an intensive media training program. He spent 11 years at CNN in both Washington and Atlanta


Registration is OPEN for our April 9-11, 2015 convention at The Westin, Alexandria, Virginia. Hotel rooms in our block are held until March 18th.

DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards – DEADLINE January 22, 2015

DeRose-Hinkhouse Award trophyThe annual DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards are given to active members of RCC who demonstrate excellence in religious communication and public relations.

The deadline is 4pm on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Each entry will be judged on overall quality, including concept, writing, design, creativity, style, appropriateness of material for intended audience, creative use of resources, and effectiveness in achieving its purpose. Faculty members from the Journalism and Mass Communications Department at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, will be judging the entries.

Member News

George ConklinA BIG THANK YOU to George Conklin (MAL) for his generous financial gift to RCC. It is from an inheritance of his cousin, Miriam Donna Ogren. Their heritage dates back to their uncle Edward E. Ogren who worked for the Stanley Works (Stanley door hinges and tools).

Monica McGinley has joined the Legacy Circle of RCC. THANK YOU Monica. (For more information about the Legacy Circle email Jim Cullumber at [email protected]).

donate nowTHANK YOU – RCC members for year end gifts to annual fund: Colleen Hahn; Deb Christian, Martha Mann, and Nadine Monn in honor of Shirley Struchen; Katherine Kerr, James Rollins, Leigh Rogers, Jeff Huett, Pamela Burdine, Jeanean Merkel, Burton Buller, Brian Gray, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Fred Swartz, James Suggs, Ken Bedell Douglas Cannon and to Martin Bailey for Scholarship fund.

Richard Duerksen (MAL) retired RCC member with the Seventh-day Adventist Church was featured on the CBS Religion & Culture series – “World Religions: Sikhs, Seventh-day Adventists & Mennonites,” an interfaith special.

Lois Anderson, Life member, is living at St Joseph’s Village near University of Michigan.

Good Memories of our long time RCC members who left us in 2014 and 2015: Bettie Story; Barbara Stoops and Rev. Dr. Keith Allen Muhleman.

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