May 2018 Update

Membership special!

Tell your friends and colleagues. Right now, you can join RCC for a discounted price of $90 for the rest of 2018. Visit the website to learn more.

RCC Congress 2020

Preparations for RCCongress 2020 are underway. This once-a-decade gathering is coming to the Washington D.C. area, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City on March 17-21, 2020. Mark your calendars and learn how you can help! Visit the RCCongress 2020 Get Involved web page to sign up for available committee assignments and get involved in the decision-making process.

Wilbur Awards ‘Fame’

Dennis Harmon, president of Emmanuel Studios and creator of RCC’s stained glass Wilbur Award trophy, was featured in a recent story about the relationship of stained glass with places of worship. Along with the work on the story from the Tennessean religion writer, Holly Meyer, Harmon reported when the reporter was there she saw the Wilbur Award trophy and was so excited asking, “You do the Wilbur Awards?” Read the whole story: How the ancient craft of stained glass can breathe new life into sacred spaces on the Tennessean website.

Honor a colleague, family member or friend

Mother’s Day is just past. Father’s Day is in June. Birthdays and work anniversaries happen regularly. Keep in mind you can use any of these occasions as an opportunity to honor someone in your work or home life AND support the efforts of RCC.

Donate now“For many of us, RCC was and is our widest interfaith ‘table’ and, at least for me, that has been an invaluable, life-enriching experience. And that, for me, is enough to support RCC with a contribution.

Will you join me? Simply go to our website and look for the blue Donate button on the left. Thank you.”

The Rev. Eric C. Shafer
Chair RCC Finance Committee and member of Board of Governors

Convention 2019

Chicago, April 10-13: Celebrate 90 years with RCC, 1929-2019

As you plan your calendar for 2019 consider these survey responses from the recent Convention.

Statistically speaking, attending the convention would appear to be well worth your while!

  • 71.4 % attended all three days

  • 92.59 agree/strongly agree convention was a worthwhile professional development opportunity

  • 85.18% agree/strongly agree plenary sessions presented useful information on topics relevant to a religion communicator

  • 88.89 agree/strongly agree workshops attended provided information that could be used to improve the attendees work as a religion communicator

  • 96.3% agree/strongly agree the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel was a good venue

Member News

Dr. Cruz is pictured in her academic regalia

Dr. Martha Cruz (New York Chapter) was recently awarded her doctoral degree from Fordham University.

Glory Dharmaraj (New York Chapter) had the unexpected honor of being made an Honorary Life Member of the World Association of Christian Communication (WACC)!

Joan Gaylord (New York Chapter and RCC Board member) was named a Yale Associate College Fellow. #YaleUndergraduateJazzCollective


Tara Barnes (left) and Selby Ewing at the UMW Assembly

UMW Women’s Assembly met in mid-May in Columbus, OH and was flooded with RCC members including: Tara Barnes, Yvette Moore, Jay Rollins, Shirley Struchen, Jenn Meadows, Rae Grant, Mike DuBose, Paul Jeffrey, Julia Chance, Praveena Balasundaram, Margaret Wilbur, Kathy Gilbert, Andrew Jensen, Stacey Hagewood, Carolyn Dandridge, Selby Ewing, Fran Walsh, Jeehye Kim, and retiree, Alice Smith.

Jobs, Career Moves, Opportunities

Go to the Job Openings web page and check out all the openings available for communication jobs and including a new posting from Faithful America that titles the position “Executive Director” but asks for many communications skills and experience. New postings come frequently.

RCC Update by Deb Christian, RCC Board Member and National Past President

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

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