Late September 2016 Update

RCC 2017 – Registration is open

RCC 2017Go to the convention page on RCC’s web site and register now for the national convention, March 30-April 1, 2017 in Chicago, IL. Theme is: “Virtually Here, There, and Everywhere : Faith Communications and Presence.”

Consider this workshop: “Three Keys to reaching people through Facebook – Beautiful, Now & Personal.” Rev. Francis J.Hoffman (Father Rocky) will share effective proven strategies on how to communicate about religious faith through Facebook, apps, and other social media.”

FORCC (Friend of RCC) recognized

Religion Communicators Council warmly congratulates Bruce McEver, co-founder of Berkshire Capital Securities and founder of the Foundation for Religious Literacy, on his recognition by the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation at the inaugural Global Business and Interfaith Peace Awards in Brazil on September 6. Bruce has been a champion of advancing religious literacy and ongoing partner of RCC in those same efforts. Read more on the RNS web site.

Young faces of RCC

Jonathan Ammons and Esteban García“In July, I had the privilege of traveling to Jamaica, to participate in the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) Summer School,” writes Esteban García, media relations specialist for Bread for the World. “I was so enriched by that experience in more ways than one. I learned from the diverse presentations, was gifted many new friendships, and was touched by the warmth of the Jamaicans I met, eager to teach me about their beautiful country.

“It was in coming to know the presenters – foreign and Jamaican – personally that the value of their lessons was particularly fortified. Their knowledge of their fields was matched by the passion with which they imparted what they knew. Similarly, encountering so many fellow attendees from so many different countries was unexpected, and deeply inspiring.”

Jon Ammons, LDS Church Public Affairs writes: “I attended the WACC Summer School in Mandeville, Jamaica, held on the campus of Northern Caribbean University. The attendees represented a diverse group of countries, including Puerto Rico, Suriname, the Bahamas, Germany, India, and Malawi, among others. The school focused on communication rights and included sessions addressing Communication and Gender, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Children's Communication Rights, and Digital Storytelling.”

Read more on the RCC web site.

(Esteban and Jon are RCC Handa Fellows. Participation in the WACC Summer School is another example of how RCC partners and connects with other organizations to promote professional development for RCC members.)

Advice from a seasoned editor

Rich Peck, editor of the 7th edition of RCC handbook Speaking Faith: The Essential Handbook for Religion Communicators offers this tip for those in the editor’s chair:

“Don’t overestimate the amount of information readers have and don’t underestimate their intelligence”

There are 50 more nuggets of wisdom gleaned from his 50 years as an editor. Read those in his article: 51 things I’ve learned after 50 years in the editor’s chair on the RCC web site.

Member news

Welcome new member Rev. Nathan C. Walker, executive director, Religious Freedom Center of the NEWSEUM Intitute, Washington DC.

RCC Executive Director, Shirley Struchen, will be wearing another hat as she was named president of World Association for Christian Communication – North America (WACC).

Dr. Larry Hygh, Jr., (member-at-large) has joined the faculty of Folsom Lake College as an adjunct assistant professor in Communication Studies. He is teaching “Introduction to Public Speaking.”


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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