Mid October 2016 Update

Member news

New associate member: Washington, D.C. Chapter welcomes Dr. Mike Ghouse. He is a community consultant, thinker, writer, etc. on pluralism, interfaith, Islam, politics, terrorism, human rights, foreign policy and more.

Member-at-Large Rev. Eric Shafer has been busy lately. Eric is pastor at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica, CA. The LA times ran a story on the church’s efforts to join with a UCLA student group to open a homeless shelter for college students.

Congratulations to Washington, D.C. chapter member Jazmine Steele, who is now the press secretary at Sojourners Magazine.

Jennifer Davis Rash, Member-at-Large, has been named editor-elect of The Alabama Baptist newspaper. She has been with the publication for 21 years and most recently served as executive editor.

Four RCC members, Rev. Bud Heckman, Cherilyn Crowe, Jacqueline Fuller and Steven Martin served as panelists for a workshop at the recent President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Fall Gathering in Washington, D.C. (Heckman is a member of the New York Chapter, Crowe, Fuller and Martin are members of the Washington, D.C. Chapter)

Mohamed Elsanousi (DC) and his family were featured in a Washington Post article when the family celebrated Eid.


For those nearby... A rare Quran Exhibit will be held on October 23 at Respect Graduate School, 2200 Industrial Dr., Bethlehem, PA. RSVP to [email protected]. (Thanks to RCC member Yasemin Aksoy).

Save-the-Date: Nov. 3 – “Using Brand Strategy to Create Social Change” – Religion Communicators Council webinar featuring Cynthia Round, global brand builder and culture evangelist. 1:00 p.m. ET. Here’s how to join the webinar.

Show & tell

It is time to think about what project you’ve done in 2016 that you may want to enter in RCC’s peer-review competition, the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards. The entry forms and the Classes and Categories are on the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards web page.

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1. Like RCC's Facebook page (if you haven't already)

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Speaking of supporting RCC...

Thank you for your gifts to RCC!

Special gifts: Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter in memory of Zia Shamsy; Bud Heckman in honor of Shirley and Don Struchen; and R. Thomas Slack in honor of John Goodwin.

Contributions from Jeff Huett, Martha L. Mann, Kelly Fanning, Eron Henry, Colleen Dorner, Royya James, Daniel Hall, Brian Finnerty, Casey Tom, Stephen Padre, Jackie Fuller, Pamela Burdine, Gifts to Scholarship Fund: Shirley Struchen.

RCC created an RCC Legacy Circle to mark our 85th anniversary in 2014 and are still accepting gifts of $850 for the Legacy Fund. Thank you to Charter Circle Members: Tom McAnally, Deb Christian, Jeanean Merkel, Jeff Huett and Shirley W. Struchen and Chapters: Louisville, Kentucky; New York City; Washington D.C.; Nashville, Tennessee; Central Texas (Austin area).

Gifts can be made in honor or in memory of anyone. This is a way to support RCC and show appreciation for a colleague, friend or family member. RCC is a 501c3 organization.

Job listings

Interested in a new job? Know someone who is? Check out the RCC's job openings page.

What’s going on??

What are the great untold stories (people, places, projects, etc.) for RCC members that deserve to be shared? Who are the unsung heroes? What are the issues that you face or trends that you are seeing that might resonate with other members? I'd love to hear from you! Please send any news to share with RCC members to: [email protected]

Update by Deb Christian, RCC National Past President

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