RCC News Update, June 2016

Chapter news

October 12 meeting: Crisis communications workshop

Washington, D.C. Chapter members and others in the area. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 12. Join us for a workshop titled Crisis Communications: Make the Best of a Bad Situation. Katherine Kerr, APR, will be visiting D.C. and will lead the session. Katherine might be familiar to some of you – she is on the Religion Communicators Council board, and she has decades of experience in nonprofit communications (with crisis communications as one of her specialties).

Member news

Jackie Fuller and Bill AikenJacqueline Fuller, an RCC Handa Fellow, was acknowledged as an emerging leader at the IFC (InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington) Bridge Builder Awards program in June. “...Each year the IFC endeavors to recognize the important work accomplished by what we call ‘emerging leaders’ in the interfaith arena within Metropolitan DC. ... recognizing the distinct contributions you have made to increasing knowledge and mutual understanding...”

Casey Parrett, RCC Student member, a senior studying public relations at Virginia Tech and graduating in May 2017, reports, “I spent last semester studying marketing abroad in Lugano, Switzerland. I learned about consumer behavior, social marketing, and visited 12 different countries. I am working this summer in two different internships: first is a public relations internship with Creative Marketing Alliance in Princeton Junction and the second is an internship position with the Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of New Jersey.”

RCC Board of Governors Vice President Bud Heckman is published in the May 2016 issue of The Interfaith Observer (TIO). He has had a number of articles in TIO in recent years, one of those, Hacking a Better Future for Interfaith Cooperation, is highlighted in the May issue. Bud is also executive director of the International Shinto Foundation, and editor of InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook.

Congratulations to RCC member George Conklin who is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination in the United Church of Christ. George is the co-founder and Project Director of Worldwide Faith News and photographer for the RCC conventions.

Colleagues, government officials, and religion communicators celebrated RCC member Ken Bedell in Washington, D.C. last month. A longtime leader in the Religion Communicators Council, Ken retired from the U.S. Department of Education at the end of May and will retire from the West Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church on June 7. He is now writing a book, Realizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism, scheduled for publication in 2017.

Another 2016 convention flashback!

Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, one of the outstanding panelists for “What’s Faith Got to Do with It?,” a plenary presentation on faith organizations, the UN and sustainable Development Goals at RCC’s convention in April, was a representative when the UN hosted its first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. Read about it in Faith-based communities increasingly effective in addressing humanitarian needs, says WCC general secretary on the World Council of Churches site.

RCC members make contributions in important venues

In a note to RCC Executive Director Shirley Struchen, Simran Jeet Singh, Senior Religion Fellow at the Sikh Coalition and RCC Handa Fellow, wrote:

“I was at the CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop yesterday and was pleased to hear the RCC, RNA, and the Wilbur Awards mentioned during one of our sessions! A few colleagues had been critiquing the media during a session on the current election, and someone raised their hand and shared about the good work that you all do. Of course, I had no choice but to follow up that comment with a few good words about the organizations, and my sense is that a handful of the good folks in the room will now look us up to see what we do and how they might benefit from it. :)

In any case, I just thought you'd like to know that people are paying attention to and appreciating all your hard work. It's really making a difference!”

(Editor’s Note: Simran’s reference here is to a session at the Council on Foreign Relations led by RCC member Bill Aiken.)

Thank you for giving; please give more

Thank you for annual fund gifts from: Louise Heath, Donald Feldheim, Jeff Huett, Kelly Fanning, Paula Kadel, Casey Tom.

Thanks you for scholarship fund gifts from: Donald Feldheim, Louise Heath, Carolyn Lewis and Shirley Struchen.

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RCC Update by Deb Christian, RCC National Past President

PS: Please send any news to share with other RCC members to Deb at [email protected].

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