July 2018 Update

Membership special

Share with colleagues, friends, and co-workers who would benefit from and contribute to RCC: If you're joining for the first time, you can purchase a 2019 RCC membership and get the rest of 2018 for free! (Includes eligibility to enter the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards competition. What a deal!)

Visit the Join RCC page for information and details.

Support RCC!

Give money! Donate in honor or memory of someone or just to do a good thing. RCC will celebrate 90 years as an organization supporting and honoring the work of those who work in communication roles for faith-based organizations in 2019. If you can, consider a gift of $90 to honor the organization and the occasion.


Be a cooperating organization for RCCongress in 2020! RCCongress 2020 is a once-a-decade decade international gathering of professional religion communicators from a wide range of faith traditions. RCC member Philip Poole has been named coordinator for the event.

See the growing list of RCCongress 2020 Cooperating Organizations and contact Shirley Struchen at [email protected] or Philip Poole at [email protected] because you want your organization to be involved!


Harvard’s Divinity School has an online course called “Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures,” which is the first in a series of online learning modules designed to educate and spark discussion of religion between people in a mindful way throughout the globe. The series includes modules on Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism. The courses are part of Harvard’s efforts to promote knowledge of religion, and the study of it (either for teaching purposes, political purposes, professional purposes, or for other interests). For more information see Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures. The online courses are self-paced and free.

Check out: Acts of Faith newsletter from The Washington Post. Conversations about religion, faith, spirituality, ethics and values are published every Tuesday and Thursday. Contributors include Michelle Boorstein, Julie Zauzmer, and Sarah Pulliam Bailey. Sign up on the Acts of Faith website. It is free.

Also worth checking: www.GetReligion.org. This is not a religion news site. This is a site about how many professionals in the mainstream press struggle to cover – to “get” – religion news. Get Religion’s contributors critique current stories (print, digital, online, blogs, etc.) for religion “ghosts.”

Member news

Editor’s Note: RCC members often have opportunity to meet interesting and influential people as a part of their communication-related jobs.

Larry Hygh (l) and Michael Tubbs (r).

Dr. Larry Hygh (Member-at-Large) who serves as Director of Communication for the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church met the Stockton, California mayor at a California building and construction trades gathering. He said, “Great to meet Stockton Mayor Michael D. Tubbs... He is the city’s first African American Mayor and at 27 he is the youngest mayor in America of a city that size. He’s inspiring and trying new things to solve old problems...”


Simran Jeet Singh shown here on a University of Birmingham web page.

Dr. Simran Jeet Singh (New York Chapter), one of RCC’s Handa Fellows in 2015, has a new position. He says, “I am delighted to join the University of Birmingham (UK) as an honorary fellow! Still living in NYC but look forward to serving with the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion.”


Aaron Weaver at a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship event.

Aaron Weaver (Member-at-Large) was featured in EthicsDaily.com as a recent Profiles In Goodwill subject. He is communications director for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, where he is editor of fellowship! magazine and the CBFblog. EthicsDaily.com is a division of Baptist Center for Ethics and posts news, columns, movie and book reviews, features, editorials and other content each weekday.

Philip Poole (Member-at-Large) has been elected as a fellow in The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The professional association has announced the election of 11 new members into the organization’s prestigious College of Fellows, an honorary organization within PRSA comprised of more than 350 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession. Philip is also a past national president of RCC.

Katherine Kerr (Member-at-Large) is running for political office as a Justice of the Peace District #3 in Williamson County in Central Texas. She’s made it past the primary and is officially on the November ballot. Campaigning continues!

Rev. Brian Fesler (Nashville Chapter) was guest on Issues of Faith¸ presented by News Channel 5 Network in Nashville, Tennessee, for their broadcast program to discuss the basics of Scientology. Brian is senior pastor for the Church of Scientology in Nashville, president of RCC’s chapter there and serves on the RCC Board of Governors. He is a frequent contributor on the topic of Scientology.

Vicki Garlock (Member-at-Large) is one of our new 2018 RCC members. She is founder of Faith Seeker Kids and the Curriculum Specialist for Jubilee! Community Church in Asheville, North Carolina. Vicki developed a Bible-based, interfaith Sunday School curriculum for kids from preschool to grade 8. The most recent issue of The Interfaith Observer published her article titled: “Reimaging Interfaith: Taking Our Lead From Kids.”

Rev. Randy Naylor (l) is presented the Honorary Life Member award by current WACC President Dr. Samuel W. Meshack.

Friend of RCC: Rev. Randy L. Naylor recently received an Honorary Life Member award from World Association of Christian Communicators (WACC). Randy is the former WACC General Secretary. Rev. Dr. Samuel W. Meshack, current WACC President, presented the honor to Randy during a visit to WACC offices in Toronto.

Friend of RCC: Adán Medrano is executive producer of an independent documentary by Texas and Latin American filmmakers called The Roots of Texas Mexican Food - Across 500 Years of Colonization, Cooking Becomes Resistance. Filming is taking place this summer.

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

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