November 2017 Update

2018 Convention in Atlanta – April 5-7

One feature (of many!) at RCC’s annual convention, themed “Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication,” is a “two-fer” by Rev. Dr. Deanna F. Womack. She will provide both a plenary address on Friday, April 6 AND lead a workshop in the Interfaith Issues Track the same day. Both sessions will focus on interreligious dialogue and interfaith engagement.

Plenary title is “Interreligious Communication: How Does It Look? How Should It Look? – Models from the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries.” Read more on the Convention Speakers web page.

Workshop (Interfaith Issues track): “From Theory to Practice: Teaching, Learning, and Communicating in Interfaith Studies.” This session will include a panel of students speaking about their experiences. Read more on the Convention Speakers web page.

Rev. Dr. Deanna F. Womack

Dr. Womack is assistant professor of history of religions and multifaith relations at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia. Her research combines commitments to interreligious understanding, Christian-Muslim dialogue, and American-Arab relations.

Registration ($395 for full convention) is open for both the convention and our venue, the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel ($129 + tax per night group rate), and can be accessed on the Convention Registration web page. The professional development for workshops is based on three tracks: Management/APR; Communication Techniques; Interfaith Issues. Mark your calendar now to attend!

Awards competitions open!

Entries are being accepted now for RCC’s peer awards, the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards. Make sure to renew your RCC membership and guarantee your eligibility for the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards for excellence in religion communication. As you renew, think about the great work you have created this past year and enter it for an award:

  • What projects are you most proud of?

  • What resources did you create that were really helpful?

  • What was your most creative, innovative communications tool of 2017?

For categories and to enter online, visit the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards page. Renew your membership now and enter before the January 19 deadline.

The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is accepting entries for the 2018 Wilbur Awards. Secular media professionals have until Feb. 5, 2018 to submit work produced in 2017 for consideration in one of the oldest recognition programs in religion communication. What have you seen, read, or heard and who do you know in the secular media that should consider entering this awards competition that recognizes excellence in the communication of faith and religious values? More details are found on the Wilbur Awards page.

Renew your RCC membership now – BOGO

Be One (an RCC member, that is) and Get One (another member). Besides the opportunity to enter the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards competition, RCC membership offers networking, fellowship, professional development, annual convention, and more. Not only is your personal membership valuable, you probably know someone else who would benefit. We encourage you to reach out to that person(s) and help us support RCC and increase our membership. Renewal and new membership details are available on the Join RCC page.

Resources & Opportunities

Join other communication professionals for a Dec. 12 webinar on Punctuated: Re-thinking Communications in our Interrelated World. Rev. Robert Chase will lead a teaching session drawing insights from his career in faith-based communications. He is founding and former director (recently retired) of Intersections International, a global social justice initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York, and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, serving as the denomination’s director of communication from 1999-2007.

RCC is a lead organizer of Reimagining Religion 2018: New Stories, New Communities along with the Religion News Association in offering a conference hosted by the Knight Program in Media and Religion at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, Claremont School of Theology, and others. The conference is 10:00am to 7:00pm Pacific time on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

The Interfaith Alliance, is offering online access to a resource booklet printed several years ago called “What is the Truth About American Muslims.” Michelle Malet, Director of Development, says the online resource contains the booklet content and a PDF file.

Member News

Sr. Rose Pacatte (Member-at-Large), Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles, reviewed the film, Novitiate, for the Global Sisters Report, a project of the National Catholic Reporter. She notes in the review the creator wants audiences to focus on the coming-of-age story. RCC notes the connections between faith groups – a movie about Roman Catholic religious life made at Scarritt Bennett, a non-profit educational center and special events venue with ties to United Methodist Women.

David Barnhart (Member-at-Large), a photo journalist with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, reports, “Really happy to get word that our film, To Breathe Free, was selected for the SCAD Savannah Film Festival and will be screened as part of the Global Shorts Forum: The Refugee Reality. Looking forward to being a part of it and lifting up these stories.”

Rev. Reuben (Ben) Gums, a retired former RCC member died recently. He lived and worked in New York City prior to his retirement in 2004 when he moved back to his native North Dakota.

Rev. Eric Shafer (Member-at-Large), senior pastor of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica, CA, was recently the featured preacher on “Day 1,” the national ecumenical radio program formerly known as “The Protestant Hour.”

Mike Dubose (Nashville Chapter), a photojournalist for United Methodist Communications, and his work are featured on the website of Global Geneva Magazine, which focuses on journalism, ideas, and world affairs. Read about his journey in “Mike DuBose: A photojournalist’s journey.”

New Members

  • Emily Martin (Member-at-Large/MAL), Communications Coordinator, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States & Canada

  • Jonathan F. Cooper (NYC Chapter), Communications Manager, National Association of Episcopal Schools

  • Eliza S. Brown (MAL), Director, Communications and External Relations, The Association of Theological Schools

  • Denise Panyik-Dale (MAL), Communications Manger, Drew Theological School

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Have a blessed Thanksgiving,

Deb Christian, Editor

PS: Please send any news to share with other RCC members to Deb at [email protected].

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