July 2017 Update

RCC membership special — a “two-fer”

Beginning July 1, RCC is inviting NEW members to join the organization for 2018 and receive the rest of 2017 at no additional cost. Follow the link to the Join RCC! web page.

It is a bargain! Who do you know who could benefit? Send them the link!

Member news

(Chicago-based Member-at-Large) Kristen Opalinski, reported from a recent visit to Wittenberg, Germany, “I'm taking part in a women's conference that has brought together Lutheran women from around the world to Wittenberg to share in commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. I feel so honored to be a part of this special event and doing my best to take it all in (I am here serving as the communications director of the event).”

Sean Hennigan (Member-at-large in Central Texas) has accepted a new position at Abilene Christian University located in Abilene, Texas. He is joining the University’s Advancement Team as a Communications Specialist working on a variety of writing, copy editing, and messaging tasks for departments across the university. He leaves the Director of Communications job for TexasImpact in Austin, Texas

Roy Lloyd, (former member in the New York Chapter) is stepping away as a commentator for 1010 WINS, a radio program hosted by a CBS radio station. Changes at the station are being implemented by new ownership of all CBS radio stations. He noted his 43 years in the business and in his last commentary challenged his listeners to “become persuasive commentators by being compassionate and respecting others.”

Of interest

Douglas Cannon, APR+M, Professor of Practice, Department of Communications at Virginia Tech and a past RCC national president, gave a summary of results from a survey he did about the roles RCC members play in their organizations at the 2016 national convention. He published a Public Relations Journal research article about the survey and results. It is titled, “Not Just Doers of the Word: An Updated Look at Roles Religion Communicators Play.”

Dr. Jack Shaheen, friend of RCC, dies. Jack Shaheen, a researcher and writer who spent his life battling stereotypes of Arab-Americans and Muslims in pop culture, died Sunday in South Carolina. He was 81. One of Shaheen's notable victories came in 1993, when he helped persuade Disney to change some original song lyrics in the movie Aladdin, on the grounds that they were insensitive. Author of the book Reel Bad Arabs, he addressed the RCC 2009 convention where the documentary Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People was screened. Full story on NPR: A Powerful Voice Against Arab Stereotyping, Jack Shaheen, Dies.

Looking ahead: webinar

Ryan Koch, Director of New York Office of Public and International Affairs for the LDS Church will lead a webinar with RCC members on developing an advanced game plan and adding techniques for your social media efforts. Mark your calendar now – Tuesday, September 1, 1:00 p.m. ET. Details on how to join the webinar are on the RCC website; see Webinar: Taking Your Social Media Presence to Another Level.

Other past webinar resources are also posted on the RCC website at the top of the Resources page.

2018 Convention in Atlanta, Georgia: April 5-7

Registration will open by September 1, 2017.

Theme: Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication.

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