March 2016 Update

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Faith-based Communications: Bridges, Avenues, and IntersectionsDon't miss your chance to join communicators across the country in New York City on March 31-April 2 at the RCC Annual Convention.

Speakers include a former Archbishop of Canterbury, the Secretary General of the International Religious Liberty Association, members of the national media, and much more.

Workshops will have a variety of topics to help you achieve your professional development goals, such as social media management and storytelling.

The hotel deadlines have passed, but call them to check room availability. Plus there are other options in the city. Register today and join us in New York!

(Thanks to Cherilyn Crowe (Washington DC) for this well-written promo.)

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Nadine Monn (MAL) joins a select group who has opted to pay their RCC membership as a Sustaining Member. That means a payment of $1,500 and you never have to pay membership dues again. Other sustaining members include: Douglas Cannon, Ken Bedell, Mohammed El-Sanousi, and Katherine Kerr. (This option is open to all RCC members at any time. Put your check in the mail now!)

Sustaining member and former Board member Ken Bedell (Washington DC Chapter) has accepted a book deal with Praeger Press. Working title is The Civil Rights Dream: Define, Analyze, Fulfill. Manuscript is due by end of 2016 with a spring 2017 publish date.

Steve Martin (DC Chapter) reports the launch of a new National Council of Churches (NCC) podcast. He is the Communications Director for NCC and every week interviews faith leaders, activists and others from across the NCC.

Member-at-large Jacob Bender recently led a class designed to help attendees learn about discrimination against Muslims in the US. Titled “Let’s Fight Islamaphobia,” the evening class met at Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew in NYC and all the nearby community was invited. He is the executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of Council of Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Ann Hafften (Dallas-Ft. Worth) reports a new job. She is now with Canaan Fair Trade, a company that imports and sells organic fair trade olive oil from Palestine. Most recently Ann has been doing free-lance writing and editing.

Congratulations to Simran Jeet Singh on the birth of his new baby girl. He is a new member of RCC and a Handa Fellow. Simran is a Senior Fellow for The Sikh Coalition located in New York City.

Roy Lloyd, retired RCC member (New York), continues to do weekly commentaries for WINS radio in NYC. See end of Update for a recent commentary on a great example of interfaith cooperation.

Sister Rose Pacatte (MAL) will host a series of movies that received “condemned” ratings from the Catholic Legion of Decency, or were altered to avoid one, on Turner Classic Movies every Thursday this month. Sr. Rose is a member of the Daughters of St. Paul and founding director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies, writer, and YouTube channel producer.

Claire Rung (MAL), Executive Producer for Daybreak TV Productions in the Diocese of Buffalo, reports the award-winning documentary “Building a Basilica” will be re-broadcast on ABC-TV affiliates across the US during March and April. Air dates will be available at Daybreak TV.

Retired MAL member Dick Duerksen, who was called back to work by his church, reported a personal trip to central California that included photos of what he called “God’s Spring Celebration.” His called-back-to-work title is Assistant to the President – Creative Ministries for the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

New members

Big welcome to new members added this past month: Yasemin Aksoy, a student member from Respect Graduate School in Pa.; Megan Bradshaw and Rebekah Thornhill from the ELCA; Kathryn Brewer of Brewer Communications; Leslie Palma-Simoncek for Priests for Life, NYC; Angela D’Antiono, Catholic Extension, Chicago; Skylar Nimmons, United Methodist communicator from Indiana; Jenn Meadows from the UM Status and Role of Women, Chicago area; Susan Hahn of Christ Church Alexandria, Va.; Kathy Erb of Christian Connections for International Health in DC; Beth Felice of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri; Amy Stapleton of the UM General Commission of Religion and Race; and student member Crystal Lewis from DC.

Welcome Adam Sweeney as a new member AND as president of the newly renamed Central Texas Chapter. That chapter will know be known as Austin Area. Adam is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Thank you!

BIG THANK YOU for the many gifts of the RCC members who continue to support RCC with your financial gifts: 2016 annual fund: Louise Heath, Donald Feldheim, Jeff Huett and Kelly Fanning and for the 2016 scholarship fund: Louise Heath, Donald Feldheim.

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Twitterverse users: the hashtag for the convention is #rcc16nyc. Tweet your hearts out! Still time to register for the convention. Speaker, workshop, keynote info available on the RCC 2016 Schedule and Speakers page.

Opportunities & careers

RCC is a great resource for job and career opportunities. Not only can you see actual job openings but the networking possibilities with other members are huge! Right now the web site shows opportunities in the Washington, DC and Chicago areas.

Interfaith cooperation at its best

(Following is the text of a podcast by Roy Lloyd for WINS radio paying tribute to someone who lived interfaith cooperation.)

When a good person dies, we must say, "thank you for what your life meant to us!"

That was my reaction to the death of Msgr. Tom Hartman, well-known for his marvelous communications ministry, accomplished with his partner, Rabbi Marc Gellman, in their God Squad radio and TV shows.

The two of them epitomized what it means to be true to your own faith tradition while being open to the rewards of understanding and respecting the religious perspectives of others. In the New York Times obituary Rabbi Gellman said that his friend believed that a spark of God's image burns in each of us and he wanted those who were lost to feel "loved, valued and embraced."

The two of them, while imagining God in different ways, saw that what God wanted of them was exactly the same – to be compassionate, forgiving, just and charitable.

Tom Hartman was authentic – the real deal. May his life's ministry inspire us to a similar uplifting vocation in our daily lives. This is Roy Lloyd.

 
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