August 2018 Update

Membership Opportunities

New Members can take advantage of a special offer – Become a member now for 2019 and get the rest of 2018 as a part of the deal AND at the very reasonable cost of $110. Information is available here on the Join RCC page. 2019 membership offers the opportunity to enter RCC’s peer award competition, the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards, for work done this year.

Current members will be getting membership renewal notices by the end of October. Entering the awards competition is just one of many RCC membership benefits, as is opportunity to become a person accredited in public relations (APR). Cost is $110 for the first person in an organization and drops to $90 for additional members from the same organization.

Also consider becoming a Sustaining Member. A one-time payment of $1,500 gives lifetime membership in RCC. There are currently six individuals who have taken advantage of this. You might want to follow in the footsteps of Mohamed Elsanousi, Doug Cannon, Katherine Kerr, Pamela Burdine, Ken Bedell, and Nadine Monn and become a sustaining member. Contact Executive Director Shirley Struchen for information ([email protected]).

Member News

Katherine Kerr

Katherine Kerr (Member-at-Large) became certified and commissioned as a Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Preparedness Trainer after a full day of training recently. She said, “I was blessed to be part of a group of women committed to service!” Katherine is pictured with documentation in hand.


L to R: Megan Anderson (Member-at-Large) of The Interfaith Observer; award-winning author Robyn E. Lebron (Member-at-Large); Patrick Horn (Member-at-Large); and Blake Meller (Member-at-Large) with Interfaith Youth Core.

Four Religion Communicators Council members attended the 2018 United Religions Initiative (URI) North America Regional Assembly.

The theme and focus of the July event was “Connecting the Region: Innovating Together.”

Karri Whipple (New York Chapter) reports she will be an adjunct assistant professor at New York University in the fall.

Christie House (New York Chapter) is current editor of New World Outlook, mission magazine for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. She brought the magazine into the digital age, extended an internet edition, and reached out through advances in technology to extend the vision of the publication. She will also preside as editor for the last printed (paper and ink) issue in October. New World Outlook was the 2017 Best in Class DeRose-Hinkhouse Award winner in the periodicals category.

Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi

Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi (Washington DC Chapter) has been appointed as the new Executive Director for the Peacemaker’s Network at the 8th Advisory Group Meeting for the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers in May.

The Peacemaker’s Network has a mandate to collaboratively support the positive role of religious and traditional actors in peace and peacebuilding process.

Dr. Elsanousi is a former member of RCC’s Board of Governors and one of six sustaining members of the organization.


Casey Tom

Casey Tom (Member-at-Large), RCC national past president sent word and photos of one of her recreation experiences.

“Yesterday we hiked Mount Whitney! Doing this as a one-day hike was by far the most challenging thing I’ve ever done in my life. Mount Whitney is the tallest mountain in the contiguous US. The hike begins at 8,360 feet and the summit is at 14,505 feet. We hit the trail at 3:30 AM and after 16 hours of continuous hiking, 60,000 steps and 21 miles we made it back alive. Well done guys!”

Job openings

Don't forget to check out the job bank on the RCC's website. (Another benefit of membership!)

New postings include both full time positions and internships.

Board of Governors to meet

Members of RCC’s Board of Governors will meet “face to face” in Chicago (site of RCC’s 2019 Convention, April 10-13, 2019) to work for the future of RCC through a strategic plan as well as work on the upcoming convention, award competitions, support for chapters and members-at-large, and other items needed to lead the organization.

In 2019 RCC celebrates 90 years (1929-2019) and will meet jointly with the Associated Church Press (ACP) for the occasion.

Honor someone with $ gift

We invite you to honor someone or celebrate an occasion by giving to the RCC annual fund.

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

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