DC Success — On to NYC!

Dear RCC Members,

We’ve just wrapped up our 2015 convention in Washington, D.C. and what a success it was! We had dynamic speakers, excellent panels, and educational workshops. Thank you to all who attended, and a special thanks to our convention planning committee for all of their hard work.

So many timely and important topics were addressed.

Dr. Stephen Prothero (left) and Dr. Charles Haynes (right) participate in a Q&A session following their respective addresses. The Rev. Bud Heckman (at podium) served as moderator. The plenary session was held at the Religious Freedom Center. The U.S. capitol building can be seen through the window in the background. (Photo by Andrew Rawls.)

Dr. Shaun Casey is U.S. Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs in the State Department. (Photo by George Conklin.)

The kick-off event on Religious Literacy reminded us of the importance of understanding world religions better among the press and in public schools.

The Newseum tour was awesome and the lovely reception at El-Hibri Foundation capped off the first evening.

The daily workshops were packed with information that could be put to use right away.

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards recognized the work of our colleagues... and the stunning Wilbur Award winners showcased the work of the secular media in religion and values reporting.

Saturday’s keynote, The Role of Religion in International Affairs, presented by Shaun Casey talked about how his department within the State Department is building a repository of knowledge about the impact of faith and religion in foreign affairs.

For those who could not attend, read some of the news releases we have listed on the Convention page of the RCC web site.

I encourage you to spread the word among your colleagues about the benefits that RCC has to offer to professional communicators. Please forward this email to your colleagues and invite them to join RCC. We are currently offering new members a discount on their 2015 membership! Attached you will find the new membership form that reflects the discounted pricing.

Please mark your calendars for the 2016 convention in New York City set for March 31 - April 2, 2016.

Looking ahead, a survey for the 2016 convention is on the RCC web site. We welcome your suggestions for the upcoming convention and any feedback about our DC Convention. Please send your suggestions to Linda Bloom, NYC Chapter President, via the online survey or via email at: [email protected].

Casey TomSincerely,

Casey Tom
RCC National President

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