April-May 2017 Update

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Whether it is online, in print, or word of mouth, the news is RCC is offering an even better deal than usual on membership. From now until December 31, NEW members can join the unique, interfaith professional association for communication professionals working for faith-based organizations for $85. Application & details are on the Join RCC! page. Membership benefits include networking, professional development, awards, convention and other resources.

Bud Heckman

Newly elected RCC national President, Rev. Bud Heckman, had this to say:

“Like many of you, I belong to many organizations and groups. No organization that I am involved in has given more back to me professionally than RCC. The return on investment is amazing.

Membership in RCC opens doors to learning, connections, and opportunities.”

Speaking of NEW members

Welcome new members:

  • Thomas Ciesielka, president, TC Public Relations, Chicago, IL
  • Dr. Glory Dharmaraj, U.S. coordinator for Global Monitoring Project, World Association for Christian Communication-North America, New York City
  • Anna Sineva, legal affairs director, Church of Scientology, Washington, DC
  • Catherine Ortiz, director of marketing communication, Marble Collegiate Church, New York City
  • Paul Chaffee, editor, The Interfaith Observer, San Francisco, CA
  • John Thomas, editor of the Christian Record based in Nashville, TN
  • Philip J. Brooks, communications assistant for New Church Starts, United Methodist General Board of Discipleship, Nashville, TN
  • Leintz Belony, content specialist, Indiana Conference, United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, IN
  • Linda Johnson-LeBlanc, marketing director, Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA
  • Nadine Hasenecz, writer, editor, American Baptist Home Mission Society, Valley Forge, PA
  • Joshua Kagi, social media specialist, American Baptist Home Mission Society, Valley Forge, PA

Virtually Here, There and Everywhere: Faith Communications and Presence

Looking back (a bit)

RCC’s 2017 Convention is done, but more than memories are available. If you were an attendee, presenter, scholarship student, or couldn’t make it this year, we have links to photos, reports, videos, overviews, etc. Links follow.


Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication

Looking forward (a lot!)

The RCC 2018 convention is set for April 5-8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Sheraton Atlanta.

The theme is Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication.

Mark your calendars!

In the meantime a new webinar

Tobin Grant

How to Use Data and Research in Religious Storytelling

J. Tobin Grant, will offer a webinar for RCC on Wednesday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET on how we can and should use data and statistical research better in our religious storytelling. Grant is a political scientist at Southern Illinois University and a data specialist and contributor for the Religion News Service.

To join the webinar, logon to: https://zoom.us/j/6913454656 (preferred) or call-in to: +1-408-638-0968 or +1-646-558-8656 using 6913454656#.

Did you know? Info you can use

One benefit of RCC membership is that in addition to being the oldest public relations professional association in the U.S. we are one of the first to adopt an ethics statement. We adopted it in 2006 and you can read it here: Guidelines for Ethical Conduct.

Member news

Cheryl Leanza (Washington DC Chapter) helped in the planning of a recent workshop to recognize and mediate hate speech online. The event was planned to provide tools to meet the challenge to fight hate by choosing “community over chaos.” Lunch discussions about anti-hate efforts of social media companies (Google, Facebook, Twitter) and other presentations were part of the program. The United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries and the UCC's Media Justice Ministry sponsored the workshop. Cheryl is Policy Advisor for the UCC, OC Inc.

Support RCC!!

Contributors to the Annual Fund

Paul Kenney, Katherine Kerr, Jeff Huett, Ellen Price, Cherilyn Williams, Malinda Rawls, Paul C. Chaffee, Dan Gangler, and George Conklin.

Contributors to the Scholarship Fund

Paul Kenney, Shirley Struchen, and the Louisville RCC Chapter.

You can donate in honor or memory of someone or just because you feel blessed and want to support our organization. Donate online to give to RCC. (Smiles, praise and applause follow!)


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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