December 2017 Update

Renew your membership; enter to compete for awards

Make sure to renew your RCC membership and guarantee your eligibility for the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards for excellence in religion communication. Entry deadline is January 19, 2018. For categories and to enter online, visit the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards. Renew your membership now (if you haven’t already) and enter.

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?

Wilbur Watch” is in full swing. What is that, you ask? The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) acknowledges and recognizes excellence in the communication of the values of faith and religion presented by the secular media. RCC members are encouraged to “watch’ for programs, stories, radio presentations, photos, etc. that show and explain faith. The Wilbur Awards is one of the oldest recognition programs in religion communications. RCC is accepting entries for the 2018 Wilbur Awards.

Secular media professionals have until Feb. 5, 2018 to submit work produced in 2017. What have you seen, read, heard and who do you know in the secular media that should consider entering this awards competition. More details are found on the Wilbur Awards page.

Coming Up!

Join in a webinar on “Punctuated: Re-thinking Communications in our Interrelated World.” Led by Rev. Robert Chase. This Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1:00 p.m. ET. More information on the webinar page.

Reimagining Religion 2018: New Stories, New Communities — If you are based on the west coast, don’t miss this opportunity! Explore the future of faith and storytelling. 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 is set for 10:00am to 7:00pm Pacific time on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. RCC is a lead organizer along with the Religion News Association. More details on the Reimagining Religion page.

2018 Convention in Atlanta — April 5-7. 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 page. The professional development for workshops is based on three tracks: Management/APR; Communication Techniques; Interfaith Issues. Mark your calendar now to attend!

Latest offering confirmed for Convention (in the Communication Techniques Track):

Enhancing your story with digital media — Award winning CNN journalist John Blake joins a couple of his CNN digital media colleagues to provide insights learned from their work producing long-form online content enhanced with photos and video. Blake will use his work that has appeared on CNN and to share tips and behind-the-scenes details about covering religion and race in America. See more about schedule on the Convention Schedule and Speakers page.

Member news

RCC member Burton Buller (Member-at-large) is working on a new project about “Being Mennonite in America.” He’s begun research both on-line as well as in the physical archives that will illustrate the story he hopes to tell and, of course, fund-raising. You can see a trailer on the “Being Mennonite” teaser page.

Katherine Kerr (Member-at-large), RCC Treasurer, has been accepted into the inaugural cohort of Citizen University’s Civic Seminary Program. Citizen University is a national platform for fostering responsible and empowered citizenship through activation, communication, and education.


Job openings are listed on the RCC website. Here are two to consider.

Positions for Marketing and Communication are open for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Follow the links:

RCC Update by Deb Christian, RCC National Past President

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

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