May 2016 Update

Benefits to RCC membership, you ask... here’s one

One of the advantages of RCC membership is the ability to earn the APR designation. APR, which means Accredited in Public Relations, signifies a high professional level of experience and competence. It is evidence that an individual possesses a set of skills and competencies basic to public relations, RCC is one of nine organizations making up the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB) which administers the APR process.

We are happy to let you know “It Takes A PRo” materials are now live.

Katherine KerrRCC Board member, Katherine Kerr, APR (earned through RCC’s association with UAB) commented:

“Like a lot of folks my age who drifted into public relations from the field of journalism, I didn’t have a clear understanding of the much broader education I needed to be an effective public relations professional. There was a lot of on-the-job learning that happened, which isn’t efficient or effective. While experience is a great teacher, I wish I had gotten my APR a decade or so earlier. Going through the APR process strengthened my expertise and adds credibility to my work. I encourage all PR practitioners to pursue the APR - Accreditation in PR.”

Member news

Member and Board of Governors Vice-President Bud Heckman (New York Chapter) was hosted for a breakfast chat in Chicago by Dr. Martin E. Marty. Dr. Marty is a noted theologian and a recipient of a special Wilbur Award in 2008. (Editor’s note: Of all his awards, the only thing in his office, with a beautiful view of the North Shore of Lake Michigan on the 59th floor of the John Hancock Tower, is his 2008 Wilbur Award.)

Handa Fellows Jon Ammons (Member at large) and Esteban Garcia (Washington DC Chapter) will be attending the World Association of Christian Communicators (WACC) Summer School on “Communication and Religion” in July at Northern Caribbean University, Manchester, Jamaica.

The Caribbean region was selected for this year’s Summer School because of its cultural diversity and the potential it has to explore communication rights in a context of colonial and interfaith history. Students will work with faculty and staff to study some of the links between media, religion, and globalization.

Congrats to Jazmine Steele (Washington DC Chapter) who will be graduating from Wesley Theological Seminary in May.

Speaking of graduations, check out a few job openings

  • Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship (in Black Mountain, NC)
  • Assistant Director, Pluralism Project (in Cambridge, MA)

Opportunities in communication-related fields are posted regularly, plus this may be a place to find more applicants for your organization’s needs. More posted on the job openings page on the RCC web site.

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  • A friend is honored
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Convention follow-up: gone, but not forgotten

Pluralism Project at Harvard (yes, that Harvard) reported on and acknowledged RCC’s recent convention. It is nice to be noticed! The writer, Maggie Krueger, is one of the Handa Fellows. She begins: “On Thursday March 31 through Saturday, April 2 over 100 Religion Communicators Council (RCC) members met throughout New York City for a three-day conversation about the challenges, innovations, shortcomings and successes of faith-based communications. Read more on Pluralism Project web site.

Highlighting a DeRose-Hinkhouse Award Winner

Alyssa Lodewick and her parentsAlyssa Lodewick of The BTS Center (far right) with her parents Philip and Christine Lodewick at the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards banquet.

The BTS Center’s blog, Bearings: Navigating Life-as-Ministry, received an Award of Excellence, as did its blog series Standing for Justice: A Conversation on Race, Ministry Leadership, and Congregational Life.

Photo credit: Tasha Sargent.

Mark your calendar

2017 RCC convention: March 30-April 1, Chicago, IL.

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