January 2016 Update

Casey TomDear RCC Members,

Season’s greetings and best wishes for a new year filled with abundance, joy, and success!

Thank you for your membership to the Religion Communicator’s Council. I hope you have your calendar marked for our Annual RCC Convention in New York City on March 31 - April 2, 2016. Registration is open now!

Happy New Year!

Casey Tom, RCC President

Member Notes

Wesley M. (Pat) Pattillo, (MAL) former national RCC President (1990-1992), died December 22 after a six month battle with leukemia. A memorial service celebrating Pat's life will be Saturday, January 9, at 11 a.m. at the Baptist Church of the Covenant in Birmingham, Alabama. Gifts to honor Pat's life may be sent to the RCC scholarship fund. You can also read more about Pat...

Kudos to David Barnhart (Louisville)! The Beaufort International Film Festival chose two documentaries – 10 year Tsunami documentary and immigration documentary – for the festival. The festival director reported 60 documentaries submitted and only 6 chosen for the festival with two from David’s work at Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in Louisville.

Karen Allanach (MAL) is a contributing editor to a new reference book on Christianity and animal protection. Every Living Thing: How Pope Francis, Evangelicals and other Christian Leaders are Inspiring All of Us to Care for Animals is available through online retailers, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Welcome New Student Member, Adrainne J. Gray (MAL) who is attending Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. 

Welcome back Kathryn Witte (MAL) to RCC as Marketing and PR Director for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Also, meet Amy Stapleton (Washington, DC) another returning member who is working with the UMC’s General Commission on Religion and Race. 

Former RCC Board of Governors Member Dawn Lynn Check (MAL) is now pastor at Dravosburgh United Methodist Church / West Side United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania.

Casey Parrett (MAL), student member from Virginia Tech University, will be studying abroad in Lugano, Switzerland for spring semester of 2016.

Life member Charles DeVries (MAL and National President 1975-77) has moved to Burnsville, Minnesota. He is retired now from a rich background of writing and editing.

Melissa Dixon, former RCC Board member sent greetings from London and we offer congratulations on her new Master’s degree in Strategic Marketing.

RCC Member Bee Moorhead (Central Texas), Executive Director of Texas Impact / Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy, is quoted extensively in a recent article in New Republic magazine titled “The Refugee Issue Is a Religious Liberty Issue.

Texas Impact staffer Sean Hennigan was chosen as a Handa Fellow and is also affiliated with the Central Texas Chapter.

Tasha Sargent and Joyce LitoffRCC Handa Fellow Tasha Sargent (MAL) is pictured with RCC Board of Governors member and Tasha’s mentor Joyce Litoff (MAL) at a recent meeting. Learn more about the Handa Fellows.

You already knew it would be good – and here’s even more!

(Reasons to attend the 2016 RCC Convention March 31-April 2)

More speakers added for NYC spring convention

Laurie GoodsteinJust to whet your appetite…

Laurie Goodstein, national religion correspondent for The New York Times and covers the vibrant and diverse American religious landscape.

And a workshop topic, too!

The “Nones” led by Tom Beaudoin, Ph.D., associate professor of religion at Fordham University, will help religion communicators contemplate how to connect with the population falling outside of organized religion, a growing, complex segment of the American religious and cultural landscape.

Convention will take place in New York City, March 31-April 2. Registration is open now.

RCC Convention Sponsorships

If you or your organization is interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2016 RCC Convention, they are available. You can provide an ad in the program book, gift bags, meals, or other elements. Contact Shirley Struchen at [email protected] to discuss options.

Start 2016 with a gift to RCC

RCC accepts both “In memory of…” or “In Honor of…” donations as a way to show appreciation and respect for any colleague, friend, or family member’s life and work. You can donate to RCC online.

Religious Literacy

Thanks to RCC member Jackie Fuller (Washington DC Chapter and an RCC Handa Fellow): “I attended a interfaith conference two years ago and took part in a workshop to contribute questions for a book called 100 Questions and Answers About Muslim Americans. I am telling people to get it as a reference guide and to reduce their fears about the religion.” The book is available on Amazon.

Still time to enter DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards Competition

Entry deadline is January 21, 2016. DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards offer peer recognition of RCC members’ excellent work. Remember you must be a member in 2015 to enter. Learn more and find entry forms and classes on the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards page.

Wilbur Watch

Have you

  • seen or heard a program or newscast on radio or TV,
  • read a book,
  • viewed a television program,
  • read a national, regional, or special interest magazine, blog or newspaper
  • produced by the mainstream media
  • that you feel exemplifies outstanding presentation of religious values or positive messages?

If so, take a minute to contact the producer, writer or publisher and encourage them to enter the RCC Wilbur Awards for 2016 (for work completed in 2015).  The entry brochure and forms are online on the Wilbur Awards page. Entry deadline is February 5, 2016.

Quick salute to RCC’s past

Interested in what has gone before in our professional association, which is the oldest Public Relations group in the United States? Visit the RCC History page or view RCC’s 85th anniversary video on YouTube.

 
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