November 2016 Update

Looking ahead to Convention 2017

Just a few words to whet your appetite for “Virtually Here, There and Everywhere: Faith Communications and Presence,” RCC’s national convention set for March 29-April 1, 2017 in Chicago. One of many workshops is:

Re-Writing the Script: Analyzing Gender and Religion in the Media

Sexism, Islamophobia, and intolerance filled the news cycle of our latest presidential election. This workshop seeks to critically analyze and suggest ways to transform the conversation about gender and religion in the public square. Through case studies and major reports such as the Global Media Monitoring Project, participants will gain skills for analyzing news content and the persons who deliver it. Read more in the workshop description on the Convention page. Glory Dharmaraj and Karri Whipple will lead this workshop.

More information including registration, hotel accommodations and additional opportunities are available on the Convention page.


Visit the CBS Evening News web site to see “Fighting racism, one step at a time,” a feature about how a UCC congregation in Sunnyvale, CA, led by Pastor Ron Buford, is trying to deal with the problems of racism by first admitting there is a problem. (Thanks to former RCC board member, Ben Guess, for the heads up.)

Check out this story in the Editor & Publisher October digital edition: the business of news story is headlined, “Finding Faith: How newspapers can find new readers with a return to religion reporting.”

Awards updates

Wilbur Watch — The Wilbur Awards brochure is posted as a pdf on RCC’s Wilbur Awards web page. Categories, criteria, some past winners are all here to help us remember and find secular media efforts that promote excellence in communicating faith values in the public discourse. Use this info to encourage entrants.

DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards — materials giving categories and criteria for RCC’s peer awards competition are posted on the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards web page. Take a look at all your excellent work this year and choose the best (probably more than one story, publication or project) to enter. RCC members do topnotch work and it is a good thing for that to be honored.

What RCC members say...

“...RCC represents a unique forum for interfaith cooperation. Whatever faith tradition we are from, we all want to hone our professional skills. RCC is a place to accomplish this goal, learning from and developing friendships with colleagues of different faiths.”

~Brian Finnerty, US Communications Director, Opus Dei

Read more of what Brian (also a member of RCC’s Board of Governors & the New York Chapter) has to say on the What Members Say web page.

Member news

Welcome new member: Joyce Duriga, Editor, Catholic New World, Archdiocese of Chicago. Joyce will be a member-at-large.

Retired and RCC Life member Fred Gonnerman (member-at-large) has authored a memoir entitled The Work of Our Hands: The Life and Death of the Small Family Farm.

Thanks for supporting RCC

Need a gift idea for the person who has everything? Consider a donation in their honor (or memory) to RCC. RCC is a 501c3 organization and gifts are tax deductible.

Donate online.

Thanks for these recent gifts:

Annual fund: Corey Kubatzky in honor of his mother’s birthday (Katherine Kerr); Jeff Huett and Deb Christian in honor of RCC Board members (past, present and future)

Scholarship Fund: Lindsey Kubatzky in honor of his mother (Katherine Kerr) for her birthday.

Looking ahead

RCC is exploring the feasibility of holding a Religion Communication Congress in 2020. Right now we’re looking for partners to help distribute the interest form, provide feedback and help us build a list of potential cooperating organizations. We’d love to be able to announce a number of partner organizations for the exploration phase. We hope YOUR ORGANIZATION will be one of them!

The RCCongress 2020 web site is now online. Jeanean Merkel, RCC member and past national RCC president is coordinating the exploration study and can be contacted at [email protected].

Membership survey

What communication tasks do RCC members perform in 2016?

If you have not already responded, please go to the RCC Tasks 2016 Survey to help RCC’s Board of Governors learn more about how members carry out their communication ministries tasks. This is a follow up to a similar survey done in 2006 and 2011. The Board of Governors uses this information to design professional development offerings.

The survey is designed and conducted by RCC past president Doug Cannon. Questions can be sent to him at [email protected].

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