October 2018 Update

Convention 2019 – All latest deets!

  • What: Religion Communicators Council & Associated Church Press Joint Convention
  • Theme: “Seeing in New Ways: Possibilities and Perceptions”
  • Meeting site: Fourth Presbyterian Church 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611
  • Accommodations: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, 163 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611
  • Dates: April 10-13, 2019
  • Special occasion: RCC celebrates its 90th anniversary

Welcome new RCC members

  • Quyana Barrow (Member-At-Large) – Communications and Community Development Manager at AIB Network
  • Chris Kearns-McCoy (Washington, D.C.) – Communications Assistant at the Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Cassandra Lawrence (Washington, D.C.) – Project and Communications Consultant for The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign
  • Timothy J. McHugh (Washington, D.C.) – Director of Media Relations at the Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Amanda L. Payne (Dallas) – Student
  • Emily Sajewski (Washington, D.C.) – Senior Visual Arts Manager at the Friends Committee on National Legislation

Thanks for supporting RCC

Your gift to RCC in memory or in honor of someone helps to support the work, vision, and goals of the organization. Following are the names of those who gave and those who were honored recently.

Annual Fund: Jeanean Merkel; Kelly Fanning; Martin Bailey; Tom MacAnally; Thomas Slack; Doug Cannon; Katy Giebenhain, in honor of Rev. John Spangler; Carolyn Lewis in memory of R. Marshall Stross.

You, too, can donate online or by check. Since it is RCC’s 90th year, consider giving $9, $90, $900 – and so on. You get the idea! RCC offers many benefits associated with membership.

Member news

Sr. Rose Paccatte (Member-At-Large) was interviewed recently for the Global Sisters Report, a project of the National Catholic Reporter, in a question and answer format about the intersection of theology and film. Chris Herlinger (New York) wrote the article and sent us the link to Q & A with Sr. Rose Pacatte on the intersection of theology and film.


Rev. Donald Collier, former RCC member, died in late September. His celebration of life will be Oct. 21 in Des Moines, WA, where he lived after his retirement. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

Religion Communication Congress 2020

If your organization has not yet availed itself of the opportunity, becoming a supporting organization participant is still possible. Encouraged even! Fr. Jim Gardiner is serving as convener of the this once-a-decade communications event. Theme is “Communicating Faith in the Public Square.” Date is March 17-21, 2020 in the Washington DC area. Planning, ideas, suggestions are in process now and the work is moving forward with urgency and energy. Info is available on the Religion Communication Congress 2020 website. Happy to report that RCC IS a participating organization.

Chapter news

Nashville Chapter was hosted for their October meeting by the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church which is headquartered in Nashville. Presenter was Sophia Agtarap with Vanderbilt Divinity School. She covered important issues with storytelling in digital media, especially in today's ever-changing world.

Membership benefits

Job Opportunity postings – go to the Religion Communicators Council website and choose Job Openings under Quick Reference on the left.

Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) – This accreditation is available to candidates who demonstrate a mastery of a specified body of public relations knowledge. The process is managed by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB) of which RCC is one of eight members. Via RCC membership, the financial investment for APR is lower than other member organizations. It is worth checking out. Jeff Huett (Member-At-Large) is RCC’s representative. Information and contact information is found on the Accreditation page on the RCC website.

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

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