November 2019 Update

Celebrating Fall holidays

  • Birth of Bahá'u'lláh (founder of Bahá’í faith) – October 30, 2019

  • Birthday of Guru Nanak (founder of Sikh faith) – November 12, 2019 on the lunar calendar

  • Thanksgiving (American celebration) – November 28, 2019

  • Hanukkah (Jewish Festival of Lights) – December 22-30, 2019

  • Christmas (Christians celebrate birth of Jesus) – December 25, 2019

  • Bodhi Day (Mahayana tradition celebrates Buddha achieving enlightenment) – January 2, 2020

DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards competition opens

Enter work that you are proud of, the helpful resource you designed, the creative innovative communication tool you created in 2019, or better yet, submit entries representing all these.

Information and details are available on the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards page. Entry deadline is January 17, 2020 – less than three months from now. All entries must be submitted electronically (except for books).

Also, because of Congress 2020, we are making an exception to allow non-members to enter the competition. We believe this will showcase our members' work, increase the sharing of best practices, and lead to increased membership. As a member, you can enter with a substantially lower entry fee.

Register, reserve a room, book transportation

Religion Communication Congress 2020 (Congress 2020) is set for March 17-21, 2020. Religion communication pros from faith-based organizations will gather for this once-a-decade event in Washington, D.C. area. The theme is “Communicating Faith in the Public Square.” Outstanding keynote speakers, workshop leaders, faith expression presenters will be part of this experience as well as the opportunity to network and fellowship with others who do what you do.

More than 100 organizations are cooperating to present Congress 2020. Save the dates on your calendar. Register online. Reserve accommodations at our venue, Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan Airport. Plan or book the best transportation. Early bird registration of $395 is available until January 15, 2020. RCC members will enjoy the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards presentation and the Wilbur Awards Banquet during the Congress 2020.

Learn all the details on the Religion Communication Congress 2020 website.


Considering making a career change? RCC’s web site lists current job openings. One recent addition: Faith in Public Life (FPL) is seeking a Senior Communications Associate to be based in the Washington, D.C. area.

ACP (Associated Church Press) has opened entries for the 2019 ACP Best of Church Press Awards. Members of RCC and ACP are often members of both organizations. Info about these awards is available on the ACP Awards web page.

Wilbur Awards – time to be on “Wilbur Watch”

You will see or hear or read a secular program, book, newspaper article, blog, photo, etc. that excellently presents religious values, issues, positive values and themes. Before the January 24, 2020 entry deadline, note that and then contact the writer, director, producer, etc. and encourage (strong-arming is probably acceptable in this case) them to enter one of the oldest recognition programs in religion communications. Info on the RCC Wilbur Awards page.

Chapter news upcoming meetings

Nashville Chapter meets Nov. 5 at Glencliff UMC in Nashville where they will learn about a tiny home community created for the homeless.

New York Chapter meets Nov. 19 at the UMW offices at 475 Riverside Drive to hear about Parity, an organization that seeks to bridge the divide between LGBT and religious groups.

Washington, D.C. Chapter meets Nov. 6 to hear Paul O’Donnell, senior editor at Religion News Service for opinion, features and partnerships. The group will meet at the Quaker Welcome Center.

Renew your RCC membership

Annual renewal notices have gone out. You can renew for 2020 online or fill out the paper form and send it with a check to RCC, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 1505, New York, NY 10115.

Membership benefits include professional development, networking, fellowship, access to best communication practices, annual convention, avenue to APR accreditation, affiliation with a chapter in three locations, participation in DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards competition and more. Renew NOW!

Donate to support RCC

It is the time of year when many of us will be purchasing gifts. Give something unique. Donate in honor, or memory, of someone in your family or a work colleague. Not only will you do good in someone’s name, you support a valuable communications organization.

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

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