February 2019 Update

Coming in April – Joint RCC/ACP Convention

Wednesday, April 10 – Saturday, April 13: Celebrate 90 years for RCC!

Theme: Seeing in New Ways: Possibilities and Perceptions

Highlights include:

Judith Valente, an award-winning author and journalist will open the convention in a plenary address at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11. (She is a 2003 Wilbur award winner). Ms. Valente is the senior correspondent for WGLT Radio, an NPR affiliate in central Illinois. She writes for U.S. Catholic and National Catholic Reporter…. Read more about her and professional development opportunities in the three-track workshops on the Convention web page.

Registration – Full convention registration is $395 and includes all presentations, workshops, scheduled meals, DeRose-Hinkhouse and Wilbur Awards banquets. Day rates and additional Awards tickets are also available. Registration is open.

Venue – Our conference hotel will be the Millennium Knickerbocker where we’ve negotiated a room rate of $139/night + taxes. The reservation code is “Associated Church Press” or 1904ASSCHU and you can call the hotel reservation line at 800-621-8140 or book online. The promotional rate expires March 10, 2019.

Sponsorships – Consider highlighting your organization's services with faith-based communicators from around the country. A multi-faith forum intended to enrich, engage, educate and empower professional communicators of religion and faith-based issues, the joint Religion Communicators Council and Associated Church Press Convention also offers fellowship and networking opportunities. Learn more on the RCC 2019 Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities page.

Awards ProgramsDeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards, RCC’s peer awards, will be presented at a banquet on Wednesday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church in downtown Chicago. Wilbur Awards, RCC’s awards for secular media who have excellently showed the values of faith and religion, will be presented at a gala dinner event on Friday, April 12 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Millenium Knickerbocker Hotel.

Wilbur Award Entry Deadline Extended (Hurry, Hurry!)

The polar vortex and its accompanying snow, ice, winds, bitter cold brought the USPS, Fedex, UPS and others to halt for several days.

So, RCC has extended the entry deadline to Feb. 9. There are still a few days for you to urge secular media contacts to consider entering their films, books, articles, columns, photos, radio, podcasts and so on that show excellence in the way faith and religious values are portrayed in the Wilbur Awards competition. Information is available on the Wilbur Awards page or contact Shirley Struchen, Wilbur Coordinator.

RCC Leadership Change

Eric ShaferJackie FullerJacqueline Fuller (Washington DC Chapter), executive producer and host of Interfaith Connections in Washington, D.C., has become the president of the Religion Communicators Council after the resignation of the Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman, Feb. 2.

Rev. Eric Shafer (Member-at-Large) has become vice president to fill the role formerly held by Ms. Fuller.

Give to Support RCC – Honor or Remember Someone

Be unique. Give something special to those folks who have all they need. Honor a friend, colleague, family member or even a sweetheart for Valentine’s Day by making a gift to RCC.

Thanks to the following who have made gifts in 2019

Annual Fund – Kurt Gwartney, Jackie Fuller, Carolyn Lewis, Amelia Tucker-Shaw

Scholarship Fund – Carolyn Lewis and Amelia Tucker-Shaw

Worth Noting

Media coverage of your organization’s projects and activities can help your organization.

Example: RCC member Eric Shafer (Member-at-Large) worked with both local and national media as they reported on the work of UCLA students at the congregation he pastors, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica, CA. The students founded Students 4 Students @ Mt. Olive, a shelter for homeless college students. Homelessness on campus is often the hardest part of college life faced by many thousands of college students in America.

CBS Sunday Morning ran a feature on this national problem recently and included the collaboration between UCLA students and Mt. Olive. Besides the positive exposure for the church, Rev. Shafer reports they can already trace $4,000 in donations because of this one piece. You can find the Homelessness on campus story on the CBS News website.

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

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