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Brian Finnerty with Religion Newswriters Association executive director Debra Mason at a media seminar he organized on the papal visit.

RCC board member Brian Finnerty (New York Chapter) organized a major day-long seminar for journalists on the visit of Pope Francis to the United States. Leading experts on Pope Francis – including some bishops involved with planning his trip to the U.S. – were among the speakers. The seminar was part of the annual meeting of the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) and was organized by the Pontifical University Santa Croce (Opus Dei's Rome-based university) and sponsored by Columbia magazine. Brian is the U.S. communications director for the Catholic organization Opus Dei, and is the past president of RCC's New York City chapter.

Fr. Jim Gardner (Washington D.C. Chapter) will be announcing “color” for CBSNewRadio88 for the New York City portions of the papal trip.

J. Fred Rowles, retired RCC member, was recently featured in the Stories of the Past series on United Methodist Communications web site. UM Communications is celebrating 75 years of telling the story of the UMC. Rowles served as producer and director before his retirement.

Chapter News

Thinking about jumping into blogging? Are you blogging already but want more followers? The New York Chapter is assembling a panel of experts to share their experiences and answer questions about this increasingly important new media platform. “Building a Better Blog” workshop panelists will include: Moderator Mat Tombers, David Tereschuck, and Teri Tynes. Chapter meeting is set for Tuesday, Sept, 22 at the Interchurch Center, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

The Nashville Chapter has launched a new event series: “Building Bridges Over Bagels.” The chapter plans to meet every other month for breakfast and to discuss hot topics and talk about the news of the day. The format will be more participant involved than only hearing a presentation, although speakers will sometimes also be featured. The first meeting was September 8 (well-attended, yea!); next is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 10.

RCC Bloggers: Speaking of bloggers...

A recent Update asked RCC members if, where and why they blog. The first responders follow:

“Of course, I have a blog…” Read what RCC member Paul Jeffrey, MAL, has to say at his Global Lens blog.

M. E. Clary, new to RCC & the Dallas Chapter, writes: “I manage our church’s blog and contribute as a writer on occasion. It is part of my job and has a faith and social justice dimension.” Visit NorthPark Presbyterian Church's blog to take a look.

New Members

Welcome (back, actually) Sue Edison-Swift, MAL. She moved from the Chicago area to Wisconsin and re-joined as an associate member. She is engaged in freelance/contract work and notes, “I miss the RCC community big-time.” She is looking for full-time work and wants to enter one of her projects in Derose-Hinkhouse, RCC’s peer awards competition. Sue Edison-Swift, Edison-Swift Associates, [email protected]

DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Award entry forms available now

Leigh Rogers, chair of the Derose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards

It's time to start looking at your work for 2015 and deciding what you want to enter in the Derose-Hinkhouse Awards competition. The entry forms are posted on the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards page and can be downloaded now. Leigh Rogers, chair of the DR Awards says, “You did great work this year – be acknowledged for it! Submit your work for a DeRose-Hinkhouse Award.”

Membership deal for 2016

Know someone who has great work that should be considered for an award? Encourage them to join RCC. From now until Dec. 31, a new member can pay for 2016 membership and get to be a member (with the benefit of being able to enter the Derose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards) for the rest of 2015 at no additional cost.

RCC in the news

Take a look back at RCC. Passing on the Fire, a video created in 1999 to celebrate of the 70th year of the Religion Communicators Council, has been posted to Deily. RCC is now entering it’s 87th year. Much has changed in the intervening years, and the RCC has continued to grow and develop. Hat tip to MAL Kelly Fanning for the note.

Resources: Religious Literacy

Check out the Not In Our Town Faith Resources page to see resources that faith-based organizations might find helpful after the shooting at AME Emmanuel Church in Charleston, SC. Not In Our Town is a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe inclusive communities.

Opportunities: Religious Literacy

Engaging Faith Communities in Disasters – Religious Literacy & Competency for Emergency Professionals is a training offered under the sponsorship of the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Event is Nov. 9 in Sewanee. The curriculum provides an overview of why and how to engage faith communities during disasters and public health emergencies. The modules demonstrate how diverse religious and cultural practice increases partner capabilities and builds whole community resilience.

Longing for Peace / Exploring the Heart of God – 2015 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, North Carolina, November 12-15, 2015. The Lake Junaluska Peace Conference is an ongoing response to God’s call to peacemaking and reconciliation. Affirming the community of Abrahamic faiths, the Peace Conference seeks to work in partnership with Christians, Jews, Muslims, and members of other religious traditions to advance the work of reconciliation and peace.

To all who “tweet” (or wish they did)

RCC 2016 Convention hash tag is #RCC16nyc. RCC will convene in New York City March 31-April 2, 2016. Theme is “Faith-based Communications; Bridges, Avenues and Intersections.” Mark your calendar, set aside the money in your budget and plan to join other communication professionals as we build our skills, network, become inspired, and honor our peers and secular communicators. Tweet the word out!

Give money! Donate to RCC

RCC members gain benefits from membership and pay dues (often the employer pays the dues) for the membership and ensuing benefits. But like most non-profit, faith-based organizations, RCC operates “lean and mean” to keep the organization going. Consider a donation in honor of a colleague, friend or your company. It’s easy (and secure) online on the RCC Donate web page.

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