January 2020 Update

Member news

Patrick Horn (Member-at-Large) recently offered his opinions on a Religion News Service panel regarding religious trends in the 2010s and forecast for the 2020s. Read it here: "Where will the next decade take religion? Experts predict the future of faith."

Selby Ewing (Member-at-Large) has accepted the position of Director of Communications for the California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist church. She began her new role on January 2.

Ellen Price and Joyce Litoff (both Members-at-Large) appeared on a CBS video during the World of Worship series on CBS This Morning in mid-December about the Bahá’í faith. It is one of the fastest growing new world religions. Watch it here: Behind the Bahá'í faith, one of the fastest growing new religions.

Richard Duerksen (Member-at-Large) reports the recent publication of a new book titled “Story Catcher.” This is a collection of favorite “God Stories” from Duerksen who writes often for the Adventist World magazine. The book is available on Amazon.

Marshall Walker (Retired member, Nashville area) died in mid-December. He was an active member of the Nashville chapter in years past. During his career he worked in communications for the Baptist Sunday School Board.

Early bird registration offers benefits

RCC (Religion Communicators Council – an organization) important annual meeting will take place during RCCongress 2020 (Religion Communication Congress 2020 – an event) March 17-21, 2020 in the Washington D.C. area. The very affordable registration fee of $395 + $50 (total $425) will be in effect through January 15. We’re calling it the “early bird.”

You can register online to take advantage of 5 days of keynotes, plenaries, workshops, panel discussions, led by experts and top-notch communicators. Don’t forget the networking and personal interaction time that expands your professional circle and always benefits attendees. Also, gala awards events are part of the package. Venue is the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel. You can reserve accommodations online.

DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards still open

Entries into RCC’s peer award competition will be accepted until January 17 – so go ahead and enter NOW if you haven’t already done so. The awards will be announced and presented on Wednesday, March 18 during the combination official business meeting and awards luncheon. Information and entry forms are available on the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards page. It can all be done electronically! (Yay, for technology!)

Your work as a communicator in the faith-based arena is outstanding. Outside recognition of that fact is very rewarding. So, enter now and start that possibility. Keep in mind your RCC membership offers you a reduced-cost entry fee as this year we are accepting entries from non-members, only it costs them more.

Join RCC or renew your membership

It is 2020 and time to join RCC as a new or a renewing member. It is an easy process and offers lots of benefits. See membership benefits and access online registration on the Join RCC! page.

Wilbur Awards celebrate excellence

All awards are created to celebrate excellence. The Wilbur Awards were instituted in 1949 to recognize secular media for excellence in the presentation of religious issues values and themes. Judged under a jury process, the basic criteria are content, creativity, execution and results.

Contact the producer, marketing team, communication staff, director, writer, editor, videographer of TV programs, movies, radio broadcasts, books, blogs, articles you have seen, read or listened to that show excellence concerning the presentation of religion. First, praise their effort; second, give them the Wilbur Awards information and link (https://www.religioncommunicators.org/wilbur-awards) to enter; third, encourage, encourage, encourage them to do so.

Entry deadline is January 24, 2020. Award presentation honoring the winners is at a gala banquet during the Religion Communication Congress 2020 on Friday, March 20.

Welcome new members

  • Darla Carter Kwenortey (MAL), Associate Communicator, Presbyterian Mission Agency, PSUSA, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Sharon Dunten (MAL), Director of Communications, Vera Aqua Vera Vita, Richardson, Texas

Contributions - THANK YOU!

Annual fund: Evan Golder, Susan Gottshall, Fred Swartz, Mike Maus, Nadine Monn in honor of Shirley Struchen

Scholarships: Nadine Monn in honor of Shirley Struchen

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

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