August 2016 Update: RCC members busy in the summer!

RCC membership benefits – large & small

Handa Fellow and RCC member Simran Jeet Singh shared one of the benefits offered by RCC membership and being a Handa Fellow.

“I wanted to send you a quick note of gratitude for a recent experience facilitated by the Handa Fellowship. As you remember, you invited me to sit at the head table for the Wilbur Awards, and I happened to sit next to one of the guests of honor, Katherine Marshall. Katherine and I had a lovely conversation about life, work, and our humanitarian efforts. As per usual, I couldn’t help but brag about my incredible wife, and it turned out that my wife happened to fit the precise profile of someone Katherine was seeking for an event she was hosting for the UN’s World Food Programme in Rome. And so it all came to pass.

“This is the short story of how the Handa Fellowship helped my wife reconnect with Pope Francis and helped me on my first trip to Italy. So, thank you :) I know you've been intentional about setting up these networks, and I'll be the first to say that it's been incredibly powerful.”

Member news

We are saddened to share the news of the recent death of Ginena Dulley Wills. She worked in the UMCom/RCC office and was known to many RCC members. She had been ill for some time and was in care of hospice at the time of her death.

We are also saddened to learn that Meredith Underwood, a producer in UMCom’s Production Department in the 1980s, and former RCC member, died July 8 in a nursing home in Arkansas following a lengthy illness.

Rev. Sheron Patterson (Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter), communications officer for North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, was one of three religious leaders chosen to lead prayer at a recent nationally televised interfaith service held in response to the shooting deaths of five police officers in the city of Dallas. President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, Dallas mayor and police chiefs were keynote speakers. Rev. Patterson is pictured with Rabbi Andrew Marc Paley and Imam Omar Suleiman.

Paul Jeffrey (New York Chapter) shot photos at the international AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa recently. He was part of a six-member ecumenical media team. Photo shows Paul and some dancers at the conference in front of a Faith on the Fast Track logo.

Royya James, (Nashville Chapter) is shown reading a about civil rights icon, Rosa Parks, at Nashville Freedom School coordinated by former RCC member Garlinda Burton.

Rev. Eric Shafer, (Member-at-large) RCC member and senior pastor for Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica, CA recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination as a Lutheran pastor.

RCC Handa Fellows, Jonathan Ammons and Estaban Garcia were two of up to 30 students chosen to attend the World Association of Christian Communicators (WACC) Summer School on “Communication Rights and Religions” in Jamaica the end of July. The course is framed around communication rights, communication in the ecumenical movement, media ethics, gender and communication and communication for social change.

Chapter news

Jerome Socolovsky, editor-in-chief of Religion News Service, talked about RNS and how their reporters and religion communicators are partners when it comes to improving religious literacy t a recent Washington DC Chapter meeting. Words from an attendee: “During the meeting, he talked about Religion News Service’s work covering religion and the importance of providing proper context. He also said that religion journalists and religion communicators both are working to improve religious literacy in the world.” “We’re partners in a larger project of educating people on faith and the value of what it can do in our lives,” Socolovsky said. Read more here.

RCC National Treasurer Katherine Kerr has been busy recently presenting a program on crisis communications, Crisis: Not “if,” But “When” & “What?” to both the Austin Area Chapter (formerly Central Texas) and the Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter. The Washington DC Chapter has her booked for October. Here Katherine is pictured at the DFW program with long-time member and veteran communicator, Steve Landregan. Steve added fascinating comments from his experience handling the communications when President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.

Convention 2017 – Plan now to go!

When: March 30 - April 1, 2017

Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel Chicago O’Hare, Chicago, IL

Theme: Virtually Here, There and Everywhere: Faith Communications and Presence

Updates will be posted on the RCC Convention page.

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