October 27, 2015 Update

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Handa Fellows in Interreligious Communications

Thanks to support from the International Shinto Foundation (ISF), RCC and Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) are joining forces to challenge, train and mentor 24 young leaders – in both the religion and secular arenas – who are interested in and committed to religious communication and journalism.

This one-year program of study, reflection, attendance at either RCC or RNA convention and exposure to religious diversity and literacy (and much more) is open for application now.

Applicants should be between 18 and 35 and preparing for or new to a career in religious communication or journalism. Time is short. Applications are due Nov. 6. Go to the Handa Fellows page on the RCC web site or see the Handa Fellows flyer PDF file

Teasers and Tidbits for 2016 Convention

Just to whet your appetite…. Thursday’s events will be near the Interchurch Center on the upper west side (close to seminaries and glorious worship centers) and will include opportunities for pre-conference tours in the neighborhood before the 1:00 p.m. convention opening. An expert, all-female panel will comment on and discuss “Navigating Multi-religious Activism.” Among the confirmed panelists are Katherine Henderson, president of Auburn Seminary, and Joyce Dubensky, CEO of Tanenbaum, a non-profit working to stop religious violence and hatred; Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, and Professor Katherine Marshall, senior fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. Go to the convention page on the RCC web site for more information.

Chapter News

Nashville Chapter President, Brian Fesler, chats with some of the 15 attendees at the chapter’s recent meeting. This was the first of a new series that Nashville is doing called “Building Bridges Over Bagels,” drawing attention to making strong and lasting ties between people of faith while breaking bread together. During these meetings, members interact and discuss current news so they can see ways to improve the world around them through the media.

(Editor’s note: A great program idea for any chapter.)

Member News

Jennifer Rash, Editor of The Alabama Baptist and a Member-at-Large (MAL), reports a technology innovation to the newspaper’s print version. Partnering with Samford University in Birmingham, the new technology, augmented reality using the Aurasma app, adds a new dimension of content to the reading experience. See it for yourself in Samford University and TAB launch ‘seemingly holographic’ version of the state Baptist paper.

MAL Eric Shafer is now Senior Pastor at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica, California. He is planning a production trip to Jerusalem and the West Bank in January to begin work on a 14 part video Bible study on the “Stations of the Cross” (see the Tim Frakes Productions: Stations of the Cross page).

Washington Chapter member Eron M. Henry is the latest RCC member to become Accredited in Public Relations (APR). He earned the credential by passing an examination on 60 public relations knowledge, skills and abilities. Henry is associate director of communications for the Baptist World Alliance.

Amy J. Hurd, APR has moved from the Washington, DC area to Nashville where she is the Director of Communications for the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church. She was involved with the Washington, DC chapter and the host team for the RCC conference last spring.

Job prospects

Currently posted opportunities for communicators: listed on the Job Openings page.

New Member

Sarah Mangum, a marketing and content manager for Deily.org, is a new member in the re-organizing Central Texas Chapter. She is based in Austin, Texas.

Check it out! Again and again… (RCC’s website)

Info about Handa Fellowship/Scholarships/Mentors is posted. Find Wilbur and DeRose forms, Membership renewal and most recent updates to NYC convention planning and much, much more! www.religioncommunicators.org.

Get the word out! Wilbur Award Entries are open

Seen a great movie that promotes the values of faith? Read a book or heard a radio broadcast that showcases religious themes? Know someone who wrote a topnotch column on a religion-related topic? Get on the phone, send them a text, bombard their email and encourage them to enter the 2016 Wilbur Award competition. The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is accepting entries for the Wilbur Awards. Secular communicators have until Feb. 5, 2016 to submit work produced during 2015 for consideration in one of the oldest recognition programs in religion communication.

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