October 2019 Update

Open! Open! Open!

Doors? Roads? Minds? How about entries for the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards? These peer awards for RCC members offer you an opportunity to enter the projects of which you are most proud, show resources you designed that have been helpful, and showcase your most innovative communications tool for 2019. In other words, your work as a communication professional is top quality. Consider entering. Remember entries are to be for work done in 2019.

Two new things about the awards:

  • All entries must be submitted electronically (except books). This was optional last year, but the benefits – lower distribution costs and wider options for judges – make it mandatory now.

  • DRH awards have been a benefit of membership. Because of RC Congress 2020, we are opening the awards to non-RCC members. Our hope is that sharing best practices with other faith-based organizations and thereby highlighting the work of RCC members will lead to a larger membership. (Non-members will pay more to submit.)

Details are available on the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards web page.

The awards presentation event will be on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in association with the RCC Business meeting during the Religion Communication Congress 2020. Registration is now open.

Enter now! Deadline is January 17.

Also Open! Open! Open!

Wilbur Awards entries can be made now. The Wilburs are RCC’s way of recognizing and honoring secular media who excellently communicate religious issues, positive values, and themes. Secular communicators can enter work done during 2019 in eight different categories, available on the Wilbur Awards web page.

Awarded annually since 1949, this year the awards will be presented on Friday, March 20 in connection with the every-ten-years Religion Communication Congress 2020 in the Washington, D.C. area.

What have you seen, listened to, read, discussed with friends or colleagues that should be entered in this award competition? Contact the writer, director, producer, author and pass on your encouragement (and a link) for them to enter the Wilbur Awards.

Now is the time to start the entry process. Entry deadline is January 24, 2020.

“...a rose by any other name....”

The above quote from William Shakespeare is a truism. But let’s take just a few to separate, identify, celebrate and understand the differences in the “Rs” and the “Cs.”

Religion Communicators Council – RCC – is the professional association whose nearly 400 members work in communications, public relations, advertising and development for a diverse group of faith-based organizations.

Religion Communication Congress – RC Congress – is the once-a-decade event that gathers professional religion communicators (and others) from a wide range of faith traditions who are committed to furthering communication of religion in a multifaith world.

RCC is an organization. RC Congress (identified specifically this time as Congress 2020) is an event.

Both smell just a sweet. Comprende?

Register for Religion Communication Congress 2020

“Communicating in the Public Square” is the theme for the Religion Communication Congress 2020 set for March 17-21, 2020. More than 100 different cooperating organizations, including RCC, are working together to participate in this once-a-decade gathering of professional religion communicators from a wide range of faith traditions.

RCC’s annual business meeting, important to the functioning of the organization, and both the DeRose-Hinkhouse and Wilbur Awards events will take place during Congress 2020.

You can read about keynote speakers, panel members, workshop presenters, venue, schedule, and more at the Congress 2020 website.

Some highlights include an opening plenary by Dr. Azza Karam, newly appointed Secretary-General of Religions for Peace International, and the first woman to hold that office, speaking on interfaith cooperation with civil society and its guiding institutions and how religion communicators can share this message in the public square.

Register now or as soon as you can. Save room in your 2020 budget for the very reasonable $395 early bird (until Jan. 15) registration fee, plus $ for travel and hotel. Don’t forget to include a ticket for the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards – only $50.

You can do it all on the RCCongress 2020 Registration website.

Member News

Jackie Fuller at display table

RCC national president, Jacqueline Fuller (Washington, D.C. Chapter), recently attended and shared information about RCC membership opportunities and benefits and what is available for attendees to RC Congress 2020 at ΘeoCon (pronounced (Thē-ō-kŏn).

ΘeoCon, combines two words “theology” and “convention,” and was a one-day convention that met at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. Participants were introduced and invited to explore themes of theology and morality in pop culture through guest speakers, panel discussions, exhibits, reflection spaces, and cosplay.

Editor’s Note: Go and do likewise! (Share & invite to RCC and Congress 2020.)

Chapter News

Nashville Chapter met in October at the Sri Ganesha Temple, which was built to provide a place for cultural, educational, and spiritual activities related to Hinduism, to promote inter religious, social, and cultural understanding, and to support humanitarian causes. RCC members toured the beautiful building before hearing from Professor Sankaran Mahadevan, a lay leader within the Hindu community and a Civil Engineering professor at Vanderbilt University. He spoke about Hindu beliefs.

Washington, D.C. Chapter will hear from Paul O’Donnell, senior editor for opinion, features, partnerships at RNS. Be there to learn possibilities of having commentary published there. The chapter will gather at the Quaker Welcome Center on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

3 of many reasons to give to RCC

  1. Did you know donations to the Religion Communicators Council are tax deductible?

  2. Or that gifts can be made in honor or memory of someone?

  3. Or that this year is 90 years for RCC and a gift of $90 is very apropos to celebrate?

Please consider making a gift to continue your support of RCC and its mission to provide networking and professional development to those working in communication roles for a wide variety of faith-based communications, to promote excellence in communication of faith values in the public discourse, and to encourage understanding among religious and faith groups.

Resources, Links and Possibilities

Join the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) to support and promote the efforts of the 2020 Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP). Every five years since 1995, GMMP research has taken the pulse of selected indicators of gender in the news media, studying women's presence in relation to men, gender bias and stereotyping in news media content. In 2020, the sixth GMMP will expand its monitoring efforts to 140 countries. http://www.waccglobal.org/

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

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