February 2018 Update

Convention News – Details, Updates, Reminders

Basic info: RCC’s national Convention is set for April 5-7 in Atlanta. Registration is $395. Venue is Sheraton Atlanta, special RCC rate of $129+tax. Theme: Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication. Register online.

Important: March 13th is Early Bird deadline (get the lowest registration rate) and hotel room cut off (for the $129 special RCC rate).

Why it’s worth your time and $$

Your convention registration includes ticket/admission and transportation to this historic center. Saturday, April 7 from 2-4 p.m. Center for Civil and Human Rights – Downtown Atlanta

Explore the fundamental rights of all human beings. Leave empowered to join the conversation in your own community. This is a safe place to learn about the fundamental rights of all humans.

Exhibits include:

  • Live the Legacy – Photographic collection presenting a broad exploration of processes, problems and benefits of non-violent demonstration as taught by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1968 to the present.
  • American Civil Rights Movement – Rolls Down Like Water – Experience sights, sounds, interactive displays showing the struggles of individuals working to change the US in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
  • Global Human Rights Movement – Spark of Conviction – Gain a deeper understanding of human rights and how all persons are affected through this gallery’s interactive display.
  • And more, more, more....

Program highlight

Rashad Abdul-RahmaanFriday – 12:45 p.m. Plenary Lunch and Panel Discussion on Perceptions of Civil Rights Today: The role of faith groups in shaping public opinion. The panel will include:

Imam Rashad Abdul-Rahmaan, assistant Imam at Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam. He was a participant of a three-year interfaith dialogue with leaders of the Presbyterian Church USA and conducted a weekly program, "AL-Islam in View," on the American Muslim (online) Radio Network 360 (AM 360).

Ken BedellRev. Dr. Kenneth Bedell, author of Realizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism (2017), is a former member of the RCC Board of Governors. He served local United Methodist congregations for 18 years and was a senior adviser in the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Department of Education during the Obama administration.

Read more about all the Convention speakers and schedule.

2018 Convention Sponsorship Opportunities – Great opportunity still open!

photos of Atlanta buildingsWe invite you to highlight your organization's services with faith-based communicators from around the country by sponsoring part of the upcoming convention. Details are on the Sponsorships page and we can accept commitments/reservations until Feb. 12.

The 2018 multi-faith forum is intended to enrich, engage, educate and empower professional communicators of religion and faith-based issues. Our anticipated audience of 150 people or more represent faith groups on local, regional, national and international levels. PLUS – you’ll be listed in the convention program book.

New Members (Yay! Welcome! Glad to have you!)

Chapter or Member-at-Large (MAL) designation follows each new member name

  • Charis Bhagianathan (New York) – Director of Communications, Episcopal Church Foundation

  • Brandy Bivens (Nashville) – Strategic Marketing Manager, General Council on Finance and Administration, The United Methodist Church

  • Jennifer Cash (MAL) – Copy Editor, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)/Presbyterian Mission Agency

  • Claire Ehlinger (MAL) – Graphic Designer, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

  • Sean Engelhardt (MAL) – Creative Director, Green Gate Marketing

  • Donna Frischknecht-Jackson (MAL) – Editor, Presbyterians Today

  • Luis Gonzalez (MAL) – Humanitarian Programs Director, Church of Scientology International

  • Andy Hale (MAL) – Church Start Specialist and Podcast Host, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

  • Melissa Hebert (New York) – Communications Manager, Drew Theological School

  • Stephanie Heiland (Washington DC) – Communications Manager, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

  • Melissa Jackson (Nashville) – The General Council on Finance and Administration, The United Methodist Church

  • Jeehye Kim (Washington DC) – Communications Manager, General Commission on Religion and Race, The United Methodist Church

  • Jeff Langford (MAL) – Coordinator, CBF Heartland

  • Asma Lateef (Washington DC) – Director, Bread for the World Institute

  • Robyn Lebron (MAL) – Manager, Interfaith Professionals

  • Philip Lee (MAL) – World Association for Christian Communication, Toronto, CA

  • Bridget Lipin (Washington DC) – Director of Communications, American Baptist Churches USA

  • LaShaundra McCarty (MAL) – Disciples Women’s Ministries Just Women Magazine

  • Kelly McMurray (New York) – Creative Director, 2communiqué

  • Quentin Michel (MAL) – Magazine Art Director, Scientology Media Productions

  • Hannah Morris (MAL) – Communications and Finance Assistant, Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church

  • Timothy Michael Morrissey (MAL) – Leadership Team President, Living Waters Lutheran Church

  • Carol Neiger (MAL) – President, NeigerDesign

  • Ilana Ostrin (Washington DC) – Associate Director of Communications, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

  • Edward Parkin (MAL) – International Director, STAND (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination)

  • Heidi Parsons (MAL) – Associate Editor, Brilliant Star Magazine

  • Martha Perusek (MAL) – Director of Development, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

  • Savannah Pryfogle (MAL) – Creative Director, Signal Hill

  • Annie Reneau (MAL) – Assistant Editor, Brilliant Star Magazine

  • Shahid Rahman (Washington) – Executive Director, American Muslim Institution

  • Elle Turner (Nashville) – Marketing Manager, United Methodist Communications, The United Methodist Church

  • Patricia Walsh (New York) – Chief Communicators Officer, Trinity Church Wall Street

  • Matthew Warren (MAL) – Photographer, Green Gate Marketing

  • Daniel Weber (Washington DC) – Director of Communication, Seventh-day Adventist Church, North America

  • Sheila Weber, Executive Director of National Marriage Week USA, (MAL) (BTW – National Marriage Week, a collaborative campaign to strengthen marriage, which reduces poverty and benefits children, will be celebrated February 7-14. Details can be found on the National Marriage Week USA website)

  • Kathy Williams (MAL) – Director of Communications and Public Relations, Ursuline Sisters of Louisville

  • Robin Yamakawa (MAL) – VP of Operations, Green Gate Marketing

Member news

RCC member Rev. Dr. Karin Achtelstetter (Member-at-large) stepped down from her position as General Secretary of the World Association of Christian Communicators (WACC) to become Executive Director of Canadian Lutheran World Relief.

Jim Cullumber (Member-at-Large) announced a job transition from the Christian Church Foundation to a new fund-raising position with a community college in southwest Missouri.

Donors to the Annual Fund & Scholarship Fund

(Gifts made in 2017)

Annual Fund donors: Jeff Huett; Tom Slack in honor of Shirley Struchen; Jackie Fuller in honor of Kathy S. Watkins; Casey Tom; Gomer Lesch in memory of Marie Lesch; Deb Christian in honor of Douglas Cannon, Susan Gottshall, Doug Cannon, Cherilyn Williams, Martha Mann, Paul Kenny, Burton Buller, Jeanean Merkel, Amelia Tucker-Shaw, Susan Gottshall, Colleen Dorner, Jackie Fuller, Brian Gray, Ken Bedell, Evan Golder, Robert Black, Kelly Fanning, Paula Kadel, Susan Hahn, Fred Swartz.

Scholarship Fund donors: Susan Engle, Amelia Tucker-Shaw, Brian Gray.

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