April 2019 Update

Member news

Danny Hall and ICAN Executive Director Beatrice Fihn, are pictured. Hall is holding the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to ICAN in 2017.

Danny Hall (Washington, D.C. Chapter) reports he, representing Soka Gakkai, helped get a resolution unanimously adopted by the D.C. Council that urges the federal government to prevent nuclear war. Beatrice Fihn, the Executive Director of ICAN (International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons) was in D.C. the day the resolution passed and met with Hall and David Grosso, the Council member who introduced the resolution. Hall is the Director of Public Affairs for Soka Gakkai International and secretary of RCC’s Board of Governors.

Chris Herlinger (New York Chapter) was selected to be one of 28 reporters chosen as a journalist fellow for the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture's Spiritual Exemplar Project. “We will have the money and time to travel and profile ‘extraordinary people whose spirituality inspires them do good in the world.’ Fits in perfectly with my Global Sisters Report duties.” said Herlinger.

Editor’s note: Two others chosen as journalist fellows include past Wilbur Award winners Kim Lawton and Kimberly Winston.

In memoriam

Fred Rowles, former film producer for United Methodist Communications, died in mid-April at age 80. He was an RCC member before his retirement. His life journey took him through educational television, US Army service, advertising and 40 years working for United Methodist Communications.

Welcome new RCC members

Garlinda Burton (Washington, D.C.) – Director of Resource Development for the General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church (GCORR)

Sarah Tyler (Washington, D.C.) – Communications Coordinator for the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers

Christopher Batten (Member At Large) – Assistant Dean of Admissions and Strategic Communications for the Wake Forest University School of Divinity

Religion Communication Congress 2020 – RC Congress 2020

March 17-21, 2020, Washington, D.C. area

The Religion Communication Congress is 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.

Visit the Media Kit Resources web page for resources you can use to help promote this event including a short description of the event, links to the website and social media sites, and links to the flyer, bookmark, and logos in three sizes.

RCC will have it’s 2020 annual convention during the RC Congress 2020.

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Chapter news

Podcasters share strategies w/NYC Chapter

The New York Chapter hosted a panel discussion on religious podcasting during the March 19 meeting.

Tips from the panel:

  • Figure out content objectives for the podcast while in the planning stages.

  • Use a podcast to “super-serve” a particular community by letting a built-in audience know what the organization is doing and how they can be more active.

  • Consider volunteers if there is no budget for a paid staff. The experience will be valuable, but also look for ways to offer small compensation.

  • If a studio is not available, record in a room with a lot of books and furniture to diminish echoes. Turn off anything in the room that could make a sound.

  • Check out inexpensive options for recording remote interviews. Or, for about $150 an hour, hire a freelance producer to do remote interviews.

  • Take advantage of cross-promotion opportunities with guests or other organizations featured in a podcast episode.

  • Search online to see how other podcasts are doing underwriting.


Help RCC. Show your support by making a gift in honor or memory of a colleague, friend or loved one. You can give easily online.

Thanks to the following who have made donations.

Annual Fund:

  • Kelly Fanning
  • Christie house
  • Doug Cannon
  • George Conklin
  • Eric C. Shafer
  • Nadine Monn (in honor of Shirley Struchen)
  • Brian Fesler
  • Cherilyn Crowe
  • Ryan Koch
  • Paul and Jan Chaffee

Scholarship Fund:

  • Shirley Struchen (in memory of Rod Hargo)
  • Christie House

April showers bring... APR recognition month

APR – Accredited in Public Relations – a credential available to RCC members through our participation in the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), offers opportunity to improve your skills and advance your career. Benefits from the process of earning the APR designation include staying on the cutting edge of industry knowledge and effective practices, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and achieving recognition in one’s own organization.

Jeff Huett, APR, is RCC’s representative to the UAB. More information is available on the Accreditation page. Seeking the APR designation is one of many benefits to RCC membership.

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