RCC February 2017 Update

Member news

Brian Kaylor (Member-at-Large) released a new book in this summer entitled Vote Your Conscience: Party Must Not Trump Principles. This book, Brian’s fourth on religion and politics, focuses on faith, politics and Trump.

Steve Horswill-Johnson (Nashville) won a regional Emmy award for his work as writer and director of a short film documentary on the impact of Francis Asbury on the United Methodist Church. Nominated for nine Emmys, Francis Asbury: A Flame Spirit won three including Horswill-Johnson’s for Writer/Short Form.

Convene, meet up, assemble, gather

Speaking of all the above... Now is the time to register and book your room and travel for Chicago! Don’t miss out on joining fellow communication professionals in Chicago, March 30-April 1 for RCC’s national convention. Registration is open; rooms are available at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare (special rates available until March 15), and an amazing group of speakers, teachers, and topics awaits! You can register online, TODAY!

Make sure to book your stay through the evening of April 1 to attend our secular media awards – the Wilbur Awards – where we honor the likes of Oprah, Jane Pauley, and Vanity Fair!

And from RCC’s president...

Casey TomDear RCC Members,

I’m so excited about our upcoming annual convention next month! We have a great line up of speakers and workshops, and I hope that you will join us in Chicago from March 30 to April 1! Our convention theme this year is “Virtually Here, There and Everywhere: Faith Communications and Presence,” visit our convention website to register today!

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!


Casey Tom

RCC National President

One more word about the convention

Scholarship application to attend the 2017 RCC convention in Chicago: Deadline extended!

The student scholarship application for college/university students to attend the 2017 Religion Communicators Council convention in Chicago, Illinois, is available. The document is attached in this email. Please share information with your networks. The deadline has been extended to Friday, February 17, 2017.

New members

Welcome to the longest standing public relations professional organization in the United States. Professional development, networking, fellowship, annual meeting, awards programs are just some of the benefits of membership. We hope that you are able to join us at our upcoming convention where you’ll be able to here fantastic speakers, network, and grow professionally.

We extend a warm welcome to some of our new members for 2017:

  • Faryal Khatri with the Islamic Society of North America
  • Tina Burkholder, Director of Public Relations for the Medical Mission Sisters
  • Kim Sanderson, Conference Relations Coordinator of United Methodist Communications
  • Judy Ramos, Director of Communications for Grace Presbytery in Hurst, TX
  • Sarah Carson, Associate Editor at Women of the ELCA

Supporting RCC

Through gifts

Thanks to the following that have made a financial gift or donation to RCC to support the organization. RCC is a 501c3 non-profit organization and gifts are tax deductible.

Many thanks for these recent gifts to RCC.

Annual Fund Contributors:

Mary Anne Aktay, Ken Bedell, Burton Buller, Pamela Burdine, Cherilyn Crowe, Jim Cullumber, Kelly Fanning, Evan Golder, Brian Gray, Louise Heath, Bud Heckman in honor of Mohamed ElSanousi, Jeff Huett, Cory Kubatzky in honor of Katherine Kerr Kubatzky, Erin Kubatzky in honor of Katherine Kerr Kubatzky, Carolyn Lewis, Jeanean Merkel, Jim Suggs, Fred Swartz, and A.E.P. Wall.

Scholarship Fund Contributors:

Mary Anne Aktay, Kelly Fanning, Brian Gray, Louise Heath, and Carolyn Lewis.

And with a “Smile” (Amazon Smile that is)

Do you have 5 minutes? Set RCC as your AmazonSmile charity!

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of any eligible AmazonSmile purchase back to the charitable organization of your choice.

Religion Communicators Council is a registered charity on Amazon Smile. Simply shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Religion Communicators Council as the charitable organization that you would like to support, and Amazon will send quarterly donations to RCC!

Here is the direct link to the RCC Amazon Smile page: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-6161111

RCC resources

Job openings – the list is growing!

Don't forget to check the RCC website for job openings across the country. You might see word on Twitter and Facebook, too.

Here are a couple:

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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