June 2017 Update

Member news

Leigh Rogers (New York Chapter) has a new job at the Columbia University Business School as a communications coordinator for the Chazen Institute for Global Business, the international programs arm of the business school.

Malinda Rawls is pictured with the Dead Sea and Jerusalem over her left shoulder.

RCC member(s) and Wilbur Program Producers extraordinaire, Andy Rawls (Louisville Chapter) and wife, Malinda, are traveling in Israel for a couple of weeks shooting photos (about 5,000) for a travel agent friend.

Annah Heckman (student member of New York Chapter) is out of the US working for a month in Kyrgyzstan.

Shane Nichols (Member-At-Large) reports his promotion to Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evansville, IL. Before accepting the expanded communication, marketing and branding responsibilities, he served as Director of Communications for the Seminary.

Former RCC member Rev. Kathleen LaCamera serves as a Hospital Chaplain in Manchester, England. She sent the following comment to New York colleagues at United Methodist Communications, where she worked prior to her chaplaincy, after the attack at the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert. “It's a terrible, terrible event in every way. We're all fine. Chaplaincy work very full on today as my mental health team is only 5 miles from attack site.” Kathleen was affiliated with the New York Chapter.

News about another former RCC member: Nancy J. Stelling, who served as the first editor of Lutheran Woman Today, recently celebrated one of those big decade birthdays. We won’t tell which one but the first number was more than 6 or 7.

RCC National Treasurer Katherine Kerr Kubatzy is running for Justice of the Peace in Williamson County, Texas where she resides. She is a member at large.

George Conklin, our California traveler (Member-At-Large), has just returned from two weeks in Japan seeking Bunraku (a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre) and Kabuki (a classical Japanese dance-drama)! He caught up with long-time friends from Pacific School of Religion days.

Resources for you

Watch Beyond Tolerance, a CBS Interfaith special airing on Sunday, June 25 (check your local listings for time). This program discusses where our nation is after the hotly contested and acrimonious elections in late 2016. Producers for the special sought input from religious scholars, clergy and others including Catholic and Protestant Christians, Jewish, Islamic, Sikh, Buddhist and various interfaith organizations. Several RCC members sit on an advisory committee for CBS-TV Religion & Culture to plan themes for this award-winning program. They are: Simran Jeet Singh, Steven Martin, Rev. Bud Heckman, Fr. Jim Gardiner, and Shirley Struchen. You can read more details in the Beyond Tolerance article on the RCC website.

If you were unable to join the webinar on How to Use Data and Research in Religious Storytelling by Tobin Grant on May 24, you can access the information on both RCC’s You Tube Channel or RCC’s web site.

Donate to RCC

We need your gifts, donations, memorials or honorariums to help RCC. You can donate online or mail a check to RCC, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115.

Plan ahead — Atlanta Convention in April 2018

Mark your calendar to save the date and add a note for your budget planning to save the money. RCC’s national convention in 2018 will be April 5-7 in Atlanta, GA. Plans are already underway for speakers and presenters on the theme Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication.


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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