June/July RCC Update

Wilbur winner in the news

Two-time Wilbur winner and filmmaker Martin Doblmeier will speak and present the award-winning documentary film CHAPLAINS at a keynote presentation at the Association of Professional Chaplains in Orlando, FL Sunday, June 26th. The annual event brings together some 600 chaplains from across the country who represent a multitude of faith traditions and work in a variety of professions.

Support RCC with your talents & skills

The RCC Board of Governors wants to give all RCC members an opportunity to work on a task group. To volunteer, to learn about the opportunities and sign up – download the form here.

In memoriam

The Rev. Dr Hans W. Florin, World Association of Christian Communicators (WACC) General Secretary from 1976 to 1986, died recently after a short illness. Hans was a longtime friend of RCC and one of the WACC directors who added so much to the 2015 RCC convention in DC. He and his wife, Ev, attended all the functions and were great sports in sharing their wonderful history with so many of us. He was a visionary dedicated to communication rights in the world.

Zia Shamsy, longtime RCC member, friend and colleague of members of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter, died in early June. Zia was a member of the Bahá’í faith and served as Public Information officer for the Bahá’ís in North Texas. His vocation was as a mechanical engineer and he was instrumental is the building of the Bahá’í Worship Center in Plano, a Dallas suburb.

2015 convention speaker featured

Check out the CBS news release from the Wilbur Award winning producers of the Religion & Culture series which features Charles C. Haynes, one of the speakers at the RCC convention in 2015 in Washington, DC. He was also on our program in Nashville in 2014.

Haynes is founding director of the Religious Freedom Center at the Newseum Institute, a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center and a leading advocate for teaching about religion in public schools.

Speaking of conventions….

Save the date, mark your calendar, hold the days, plan now… however you want to say, and do it. RCC 2017 Annual National Convention, March 30- April 1 in the windy city, Chicago, IL. Theme is “Virtually Here, There and Everywhere: Faith Communications and Presence.” Venue will be the Crowne Plaza Hotel Chicago, O’Hare. Learn more and see the convention logo on the RCC Convention web page.

More 2017 convention news….

Not one, not two, but three RCC members have agreed to chair this event. They are William (Bill) Aiken, Jenn Meadows, and Bud Heckman.

While we are announcing chairpersons...

Joyce Litoff and Ellen Price have agreed to chair the 2017 DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards, the important peer recognition awards competition sponsored by RCC.

Details about past winners and the whole process can be found DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards web page.

Blast from the past...

Hillary Clinton and Mike DuboseRCC member and award-winning photographer from United Methodist Communications, Mike Dubose, is shown in an archive photo from the 1996 UMC General Conference.

Interesting to see the photographer has his photo taken with the then First Lady and current Democratic candidate for president, Hillary Clinton. Mike says he hopes if she wins, she will invite him to ride on Air Force One!! (Mike is also a pilot.)

Donations to RCC can honor colleagues and friends

When you consider how to honor someone who is a colleague, think about making a gift in their name to RCC. You can donate here.

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