April 2016 Update

Welcome new board members

Dear RCC Colleagues:

I would like to extend a special welcome to our new RCC board members and executive committee officer:

  • Katherine Kerr, president of Polaris Non-Profit Solutions in Georgetown Texas – new RCC treasurer
  • Jackie Fuller, executive producer and host of Interfaith Connections TV show in Alexandria, Virginia – new board member
  • Eron Henry, associate director of communications for the Baptist World Alliance in Falls Church, Virginia – new board member
  • Daniel Hall, assistant director of public affairs of Soka Gokkai International-USA Buddhist Association in Washington, DC – new board member
  • Royya James, conference relations coordinator of United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tennessee – new board member

Thank you all for your commitment to serve RCC, and welcome to the Board of Governors!

Casey Tom
National RCC President

Convention 2016 – it’s a wrap!

Themed “Faith-based Communications: Bridges, Avenues, and Intersections”, more than 140 attended the recent national convention in NY City. Plenary addresses, workshops, award presentations, panel discussions, celebrations, fellowship, and networking were all a part of this annual event. Here are a few pictures to help you reminisce or see what you missed.

 Panel members Linda Sarsour, Laurie Goodstein, Katherine Rhodes Henderson, Joyce Dubensky, and Katherine Marshall, all from different faith traditions, discussed how to navigate multi-religious activism on the first day.

 “Intersections: Faith and the Global Community” was the subject for another keynote address on day two. Seen here are Dr. Ganoune Diop, speaker; Jim Winkler, moderator; and Lord George Carey, also a speaker.

 RCC member Brian Finnerty is shown chatting with Jack Blessington from CBS at a meet and greet celebration prior to the convention’s closing event, the Wilbur Awards.

Read more stories and view more photos via links on the RCC Convention page.

Convention 2017 – save the date!

Mark your calendar for March 30-April 1, 2017. Set some money aside in your budget for registration, travel and accommodations and plan to attend the RCC Annual Convention 2017. We will gather in the Chicago area for a time of professional development, sharing, networking, fellowship and face-to-face interaction. Lots more info and details to come.

Member news

Burton Buller (Member-at-Large) is working on a documentary film with the working title “The Mennonites: A People Apart.” Buller is an award-winning film maker. He is working with the Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society affiliated with Eastern Mennonite University.

Previous Wilbur award winner, Jaweed Kaleem, has joined the national staff for the LA Times where he will cover race and justice. Kaleem has been senior religion reporter for the last five years at the Huffington Post.

Your gifts and support are important!

A gift in honor or memory of a fellow communicator or just someone you admire and appreciate will help RCC. We are entering our 87th year as a professional association and most of the activities that bring in money to operate are done for this year. So now we depend on and ask our members and friends to help through gifts and donations. It’s easy! Just click on the Donate web page.

Speaking of membership...

In case you weren’t aware, RCC’s board of governors voted to offer NEW (not renewing) members a reduced membership fee for the rest of 2016. For $75 (cheap!) a new member can join and enjoy all the benefits of RCC including ability to enter the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards competition for work done this year. More information can be found on the Join RCC web page.

Wilbur winners comment

The subject of nuns – the Catholic religious type as opposed to the “spiritual but not religious” type (nones) – popped up twice as winners in this year’s Wilbur Awards.

From Dean Reynolds, correspondent on CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, on his story “Football Nun”: “...The definition of a good story is one that has a great character. And Sister Lisa Mauer was a great character by any definition. She sort of just filled the room with her personality and her dedication both to her devotion to the church as well as her devotion to the football team, which made it such a great outstanding story.”

Not to be outdone, Kim Lawton accepting for Lucky Severson, correspondent for Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly on “Rancher Nuns” said, “...It’s so gratifying to work on a television program that is able to focus on the fascinating and multifaceted role that religion plays both here in the US and around the world and also to look at the many many diverse ways people live out their beliefs including Roman Catholic nuns who work on a ranch.”


Workshop slides from both Bud Heckman and Doug Cannon are available on the RCC 2016 Schedule and Speakers page. Heckman led a lively discussion to a full room on “Oh, Go Fund Yourself! Raising Resources for Your Work” and Doug Cannon presented “Writing with a Purpose: A strategic approach to telling your stories” to another enthusiastic group.

Diane L Moore at Harvard on Religious Literacy spoke about and “Introduction to Religious Literacy” via an RCC webinar on April 12. See the RCC web site for the video of the webinar. Webinars like this are another benefit of RCC membership.

The Islamophobia Guidebook from the Charter for Compassion contains a multitude of resources including articles derived from the media and other sources. There are references to guides and handbooks to assist Muslims to become aware of and assert their rights. Information is provided for Muslims and non-Muslims alike on various sources of Islamophobia and on ways of preventing and combating it.

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