August 2017 Update

Member News

Jackie Fuller (Washington DC Chapter), RCC Board of Governors Vice-President, spreads the word about RCC, its purposes, benefits, and opportunities at a recent presentation for the communications ministry for her faith community at Unity Church of Fairfax. Jackie is Executive Producer and host for Interfaith Connections TV show.

RCC members Karri Whipple (New York Chapter) and Glory Dharmaraj (New York Chapter) in Wittenberg, Germany for a World Association of Christian Communicators (WACC) conference this summer. Glory is coordinator for the Global Monitoring Project for WACC-NA. She and Karri have done scholarly research and presentation(s) on the effects of gender in reporting as a part of the Global Monitoring Project.

Katy Giebenhain, (Washington DC Chapter) Director of Communications at United Lutheran Seminary, authored a poetry collection, Sharps Cabaret, that was recently published by Mercer University press. It was a winner in their Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry series. Katy is also Poetry + Theology Editor for the Seminary Ridge Review at ULS.

Pamela Burdine, (Member-at-Large) retired from Presbyterian Disaster Relief and a sustaining member of RCC, reports, “I'm doing great. Recently graduated from the Episcopal Church School of Ministry (2-year program) but at this point have not decided to become ordained. Next month however, I will be taking training to become a mentor for the 4-year Education for Ministry (EFM) course. Helping with Dare to Care food pantry, and am involved with organizations working to help promote and preserve social justice....”

Fr. Jim Gardiner (member-at-large) is quoted in an article by Catholic News Service reporting on the annual Holy Land Festival in July at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. Fr. Jim’s comments noted the festival brought together so many diverse groups of people saying, “Nobody knows who is Christian, Muslim or Catholic,” adding, “this is a celebration of culture. Religion and faith are the basis of culture, and what better place to have this festival than at the monastery.” He is a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement as well as a member of the Holy Land Committee of the Archdiocese of Washington.

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Welcome new members

  • Vicki M. Garlock, Founder, Faith Seeker Kids from Asheville, North Carolina (Associate)
  • Russell Rankin, Director of Public Relations, Methodist Children’s Home, Waco, Texas
  • Adrian L.H. Graham, Director of Communications & Membership, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, Maryland, (DC Chapter)
  • Rebecca Whitecotton, Communications and Marketing Specialist, Unity of Fairfax, Oakton, Virginia (DC Chapter)
  • Vince Isner, CCO OMNIA Institute for Contextual Leadership, Chicago, Illinois
  • Richard Duerksen, Assistant to the President of the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists where he is responsible for Media and Creative Ministries, Gladstone, Oregon
  • Wen Chen, Graphic Designer, United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jennifer Silver, Videographer, United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, Atlanta, Georgia

Speaking of new members... RCC has a great deal on membership right now! New members can join now and their membership fee will cover the rest of 2017 and all of 2018. It’s a bargain! Tell your friends and colleagues. Details are on the Join RCC web page.

Chapter & Board of Governors News

The Washington DC Chapter is planning to staff an exhibit at the Resource Fair during the 2018 Unity Walk in DC on September 14, 2017. Our DC folks are using this opportunity to get the word out about membership in RCC AND our current special offer on membership will apply.

RCC’s Board of Governors met for its annual retreat/meeting August 8-9 in Atlanta, site for the 2018 national convention. Fifteen Board members and Executive Director Shirley Struchen were present for a time of planning and discussion about RCC. The Board enjoyed fellowship, challenging conversations, and doing the demanding work of looking to the future for our organization. In the photo, (l-r) Katherine Kerr (Board treasurer) from Central Texas area, Royya James from Nashville area and Skyler Nimmons from Indianapolis smile in response to a clever quip made by another Board member.

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter met for its August chapter meeting at the interfaith Thanks-Giving Square to learn of its efforts to promote diversity and unity in Dallas. Thanks-Giving Square affirms the reality of gratitude as a common root of religions, cultures, and traditions worldwide. The beautiful park and building continue to serve as common ground where people of all cultures and religions are welcome to celebrate values, thoughts, and spirituality. Pictured here (l-r) are CEO and President Chris Slaughter and Board Member and Chair of Programs Almas Muscatwalla who spoke to the group.

RCC 2018 in Atlanta: Not one, not two, but three workshop tracks…

Just to help you decide which of the professional development opportunities might best serve you as you plan to attend the 2018 national convention set for April 5-7, 2018 in Atlanta, GA, we are offering workshop sessions in three tracks:

  • Management/APR
  • Communication Techniques
  • Interfaith Issues

You will be able to choose from offerings in each category spaced over the three day-event.

From the Management/APR choices consider a reputation management in our modern times class led by Katherine Morales, APR. She is the founder of InFlection Point Communications in Atlanta. Her specialties are brand building, reputation management and strategic communication planning. You can see more details about this and other confirmed speakers on the Convention web page.

Theme for the event is “Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication.” The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel is our venue and we have a block of rooms reserved at approximately $156 per night (after taxes and state hotel assessment are added). $395( EARLY BIRD) registers you for the full convention including all presentations, scheduled meals, workshops, and DeRose-Hinkhouse and Wilbur Award banquets. Registration is open now. Stay tuned to the RCC website and future Updates for more info on speakers and workshops.

Mark your calendar, save the dates and budget for this annual event.

Opportunities for RCC Members

Opportunity to celebrate Faith and Diversity: Parliament of World Religions

The Parliament of World’s Religions will meet in Toronto in 2018. The Parliament was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. This, the world’s oldest and most diverse global interfaith event will mark its 125-year anniversary by bringing together leaders and followers of more than 200 spiritual and secular traditions to “pursue global understanding, reconciliation, and change” in Toronto, truly one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities. Lots of details and information found on the Parliament of World’s Religions website. 2018 Parliament participants can register at super saver discount through September 30, 2017.

Opportunity for Latinx filmmakers

A $10,000 grant for new filmmakers, was just announced by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. Applications are due by October 5, 2017. Thanks to Adán Medrano, a friend of RCC for word about this opportunity. For more information, visit the NALAC Unveils New Funding For Latinx Artists web page.

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