August/September Update & Convention News

Member notes

RCC member, Neill Caldwell, (Member-at-Large) is the Communications Director for the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, a faith-based advocacy organization based in Richmond that works with the Virginia General Assembly on social justice issues.

Convention 2017

Chicago – March 29 - April 1 – “Virtually Here, There, and Everywhere: Faith Communications and Presence”

Bahá’í House of Worship, Chicago

One highlight of the 2017 Convention in Chicago will be a visit to the Bahá’í House of Worship. The Bahá’í House of Worship stands as a symbol of the oneness of humanity and is a common meeting place for people of all faiths and backgrounds. This sacred space is open to all for prayer, quiet contemplation, and spiritual renewal.

The Temple’s stunning architecture and gardens tell the story of the Bahá’í Faith.

A single majestic dome shelters all of humanity under the embrace of one loving God.

The intricate pillar ornamentation illustrates “progressive revelation,” how God's eternal plan is unfolding through the world’s religions.

The surrounding gardens, like the human family, are all the more beautiful for their glorious diversity.

Life Members

RCC has a special category of membership known as Life Member. These individuals are a Professional member, after reaching retirement age, having been a member for more than ten years and having made significant contributions, upon nomination by a local chapter, may be selected to Life membership by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Governors. Members-at-Large may be nominated by the Board of Governors.

Rev. Dr. James C. “Jim” Suggs

We want to highlight these folk in the Update. Pictured is Rev. Dr. James C. “Jim” Suggs.

James C. “Jim” Suggs had an extended and successful career in the field of publishing and communications as a denominational communicator for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and with the Religion Communicators Council (RCC). In his work for the Disciples he served as an editor, publisher and president of numerous publications, boards and agencies. Immediately prior to his retirement, he was the co-founder and president emeritus of DiscipleWorld Inc., a magazine serving the Christian Church.

He served on the organization’s Board of Governors and was RCC national president in the 1970’s and was editor of one of the seven RCC Handbook versions, How Shall They Hear. He worked to help establish RCC (then known as Religious Public Relations Council) on a more secure financial footing.

Unity Walk showcases interfaith cooperation

On Sunday, September 11, 2016, the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) will hold the 2016 Unity Walk. This year’s theme is “Know Your Neighbor.”

People of all faiths and cultures from around the Washington, DC region (including members of RCC’s Washington DC Chapter) will walk down Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue and visit houses of worship and other religious centers in a public celebration of solidarity for everyone within our diverse community. The Unity Walk is free and open to the general public. For more information about the Unity Walk please visit the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington web site.

Watch for the next Update to see photos and RCC involvement.

RCC mission statement

Seen here hard at work at the recent Board of Governors meeting in Chicago are (l-r) Colleen Dorner, Kelly Fanning and Joyce Litoff.

One action taken at the recent August meeting of the Board of Governors was to update/revise/spruce up the organization’s mission statement. Result of BOG efforts:

“Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is a professional association whose mission is to provide opportunities for networking and professional development for people working in communications for a wide variety of faith-based organizations. RCC recognizes and cultivates excellence in communications of religious faith and values, as well as advances the public's religious literacy.”


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Think ahead

Mark your calendar for upcoming RCC opportunities:

  • Renew your membership in November – we’ll remind you!

  • Choose entries for the DeRose-Hinkhouse peer awards competition – these are for work done in 2016 and you must be a member to enter.

  • Begin cataloging excellent examples of faith values presented well in secular media – it will soon be time for Wilbur Award nominations.

  • Save the date and the budget to attend the 2017 RCC National Convention in Chicago, March 29-April 1.

  • Send info about yourself, your chapter and other RCC members to [email protected] so we can feature that in future updates.

RCC Update by Deb Christian, RCC National Past President

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