December 2018 Update

Renew! Renew! Renew!

Renew your RCC membership today. Only $110! (an extraordinarily good deal). Only $90 if you are the second member with your organization.

Visit the Join RCC page to renew online or take advantage of the low-tech, mail-your-renewal letter in with a check. Remember, membership entitles you to enter your work in RCC’s peer awards competition, the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards (the entry form is already open) and more benefits.

Convention will celebrate engagement, understanding, religious literacy

2019 RCC-ACP Convention: April 10-13, 2019, Chicago — Seeing in New Ways: Possibilities and Perceptions

Join other communication professionals at RCC’s national convention in Chicago, April 10-13, 2019 during which the organization will CELEBRATE 90 years of existence. The theme is Seeing in New Ways: Possibilities and Perceptions and you can explore that through management, communication techniques, or interfaith issues workshops and keynotes.

You will be able to network and fellowship with faith-based communicators, experience top-notch professional development, and enjoy professional-level awards presentations. All in fascinating Chicago. RCC is joining with the Associated Church Press (ACP) to enrich this year’s convention offerings. Registration is already open. Find more details on the 2019 RCC-ACP Convention page.

Give to support RCC and honor others

Consider a gift to honor the memory of RCC Life Member, W.C. Fields (see note in member news below) or make a contribution as a gift in honor of the person on your list who already has everything and is hard to buy for. Also, consider the tax advantages of an end-of-year gift!

Pictured L-R after a recent New York Chapter meeting are RCC Board members Anuttama Dasa, Joan Gaylord, and Ryan Koch with the LDS Giving Machine.

As you will see in the photo, our friends from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), are making it easy to give in support of a favorite project! Making the best of technology and the seasonal focus on generosity, the LDS Church has rolled out a giving vending machine. People can pick a project and give money to go to that project.

It is almost that easy to give to RCC. Visit the RCC Donate page and you are on the way.

Member news

Christina Fleming (New York Chapter), Communications Director for Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan’s East Village, reports the congregation’s Christmas Eve production will be aired on Dec. 24. The award-winning program, CBS Religion & Culture, is producing the Christmas Eve Special: A Bold New Love: A Christmas Eve With Middle Collegiate Church.

Linda Bloom (New York Chapter), United Methodist News Service news reporter and assignment coordinator in New York, is celebrating her 30th anniversary working at United Methodist Communications. UMCom noted this milestone at a reception in her honor recently in Nashville.

W. C. Fields, an RCC Life Member, has died. He was a former national president and editor of the second edition of the RCC handbook. A full obituary of his life and work can be read on the RCC home page or on the Dignity Memorial website and you can read RCC tributes to him below. You can make a gift in his honor and RCC will notify his family.

Tributes to W.C. Fields

“What a wonderful life of service Dr. Fields led. He was certainly blessed in many, many ways. RCC has had (and continues to have) some remarkable members and leaders.” ~ Anuttama Dasa, RCC Board member

“A delightful person who was with us at our 85th convention celebration in Nashville.” ~ Shirley Struchen, RCC Executive Director

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