November 2018 Update

DeRose-Hinkhouse competition open! Enter now – avoid the January rush!

Make sure to renew your RCC membership and guarantee your eligibility for the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards for excellence in religion communication. The awards competition is officially open for entries on work done in 2018.

We are delighted to announce that, for the first time, you have the option of entering your submission entirely electronically! For categories and to enter online, visit the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards page. Enter now to avoid the end of January rush on January 24.

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards dinner will be on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL on the opening day of the 2019 convention.

Speaking of membership renewal...

November is the time when membership renewal reminders begin to arrive in both your snail mail and electronic mail boxes. Take a few minutes to fill yours out and send it in. The membership benefits are well worth the time and reasonable cost.

Feel free to take advantage of this time to encourage others in your organization or circle of influence to join RCC. If they join now, they get the rest of 2018 (and the ability to enter the awards competition) and all of 2019 for the usual yearly cost. What a deal! Join RCC!

Celebrate your thankfulness – make a gift to RCC

Honor someone by donating in their name to RCC. Take advantage of #GivingTuesday, the antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Give back on Nov. 27 by donating or creating a fundraiser to support the Religion Communicators Council. Your gift helps us promote excellence in the communication of faith and values, encourage understanding among religious and faith groups, and much more.

BTW - Facebook and PayPal are matching donations made on Facebook in honor of #GivingTuesday, so mark your calendars for Nov. 27! Don't want to wait? Donate on the RCC website.

Big THANK YOU to annual fund donors: Cherilyn Crowe; Shirley Struchen; Gomer Lesch in memory of Marie Lesch; Eric C. Shafer; Douglas Cannon; Susan Hahn; Burton Buller; Louise Heath; W. Evan Golder; Monica McGinley; Fred Swartz; and scholarship donors: Susan Hahn and Louise Heath.

Member news

Ellen Price (left) and Patrick Horn (right) at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions in Toronto, Canada

RCC members Ellen Price (member-at-large) at left and Patrick Horn (member-at-large) on the right are pictured at the recent 2018 Parliament of World Religions in Toronto, Canada. The Parliament of World Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world. The Parliament meets periodically with the latest decision about frequency announced at the end of 2015 event to be every two years.

Cheryl Leanza (Washington DC Chapter), recently wrote an article on the importance of affordable communications for the Sojourners online blog. She said, “Thanks to many of you who have been supporting this issue. I wrote a piece about the importance of affordable communications for economic justice – particularly about the Federal Communications Commission’s and the low-income Lifeline program.” Read more: Affordable Communication Is Under Attack

Gregg Brekke on the summit of Daecheonbong in South Korea

On assignment, RCC member Gregg Brekke visits Seoraksan National Park in South Korea. “As I passed by the giant brass Buddha at the entrance of Seoraksan NP this morning he reminded me – as he does all travelers – to release my expectations of what the journey may bring. Standing on the summit of Daecheonbong is most satisfying, not because I achieved a goal, but because of the people and natural beauty I encountered along the way.”

Friends of RCC in the news

2017 RCC Wilbur Award winner, KidSpirit, a youth-led platform (both online and magazine) for building community through life’s big questions, presented peer-selected awards to its teen contributors at a benefit dinner earlier this week.

Mike Maus, a faithful RCC member when he worked in New York City as head of National Council of Churches Communications staff and as an NBC radio news correspondent, is dealing with Parkinson’s disease in his retirement. Read about it on the Mike Maus page on the People with Parkinson's website. Thanks to member-at-large George Conklin for the update.

Help RCC help religion communicators

Join an online Town Hall this month to discuss the next edition of the religion communicator’s handbook, Speaking Faith. You are invited to provide your input into the handbook Nov. 29 at 1:00 p.m. EST via a Zoom conference. The Professional Development and Resources Committee co-chairs will be your hosts for the online discussion. Bring your ideas and wishes for this resource we will be updating in 2019.

Topic: RCC Handbook Town Hall Meeting

When: Nov 29, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EST (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Join via iPhone one-tap: US: +16468769923,594524756# or +16699006833,594524756#

Join via telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833

Meeting ID: 594 524 756

Membership Benefit: Job Line

All job postings with details can be found on the Job Openings web page.

Boston area (preferred) – consider a position with the Veritas Forum, a faith-based non-profit that puts the Christian faith in dialogue with other worldviews around life’s big questions on college campuses, as Director of Communications.

Pacific Northwest – opening for a Director of Communications with the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Northern California – another Director of Communication position. This time with the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Membership Benefit: National Convention

Theme for 2019 annual gathering is “Seeing Hope in New Ways: Possibilities and Perceptions” and RCC will meet jointly with The Associated Church Press (ACP) at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, April 10-13.

A team from both organizations is planning the convention and will share workshops, keynote speakers, networking opportunities and faith expressions, although RCC will have its own award ceremonies. ACP members will have the option to attend the RCC’s DeRose Hinkhouse awards and the Wilbur Awards, which honors the best in religious coverage in the secular press. #RCCACP2019

Our conference hotel will be the Millennium Knickerbocker with a negotiated – $139 / night + taxes room rate. Call the hotel reservation line (800-621-8140) and use the code “Associated Church Press” or 1904ASSCHU. You may also book online to lock in this rate. The promotional rate expires March 10, 2019.

Religion Communication Congress 2020 (another R C C)

The Congress will take place March 17-21, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in the Washington D.C. area. The theme for our program is “Communicating Faith in the Public Square.”

Since 1970, the Religion Communication Congress has been a once-a-decade gathering of professional religion communicators from a wide range of faith traditions to provide hands-on opportunities to learn new technologies, experience academic and applied research, and participate in dozens of practical workshops with tools you can implement immediately. It provides an opportunity to experience a wide range of faith expressions, global views, local relevance and so much more.

More than 90 organizations have signed on to be a part of this event. Details for participation are on the RCCongress 2020 Get Involved web page.

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

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