February 2020 Update

Coming Mid-March – Religion Communication Congress 2020

A once-a-decade gathering of professional religion communicators from a wide range of faith traditions

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

Religion Communication Congress 2020 (RCCongress 2020) meets March 17-21, 2020

Theme: Communicating Faith in the Public Square

I need superlatives to describe the speakers, workshops, awards programs, fellowship and opportunities that you’ll have at RCCongress 2020. If you are a member of Religion Communicators Council (RCC), Associated Church Press (ACP), or any of the other 100+ cooperating organizations, your organization will have its own meeting within the meeting.

How about: top notch, mega, super, ultimate, best, brightest, incomparable, marvelous, uber, monumental, indescribable, unimaginable, utmost, matchless, consummate... and so on.

One of many highlights:

Is there a culture war between the LGBTQI and faith-based communities? Explore balancing civil and religious rights during a panel discussion on this topic. Panelists Melissa Reid, Dr. Stanley Carlson-Thies, Tim Schulz, and Tyler Deaton – all either religious freedom or LGBTQI advocates – will consider how the two communities can find common ground. Read more here about the panelists’ qualifications and search for fairness: Religion Communication Congress 2020 explores LGBTQI and religious rights. This session will be on Friday, March 20.

Registration – Full convention registration for RCC members is $395 (early rate good until Feb. 22) and includes all presentations, workshops, scheduled meals, and Wilbur Awards banquet. (Tickets to the DeRose-Hinkhouse presentation lunch are $50). Day rates and additional awards tickets are also available. Register online today!

Venue – Our conference hotel will be the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport where we’ve negotiated a room rate of $208/night + taxes. Reservation code and online booking are available online or or call 1-877-803-7534 and mention RCCongress 2020 for the speical rate. Reservation rates are good until Feb. 22.

Sponsorships – Consider highlighting your organization's services with 200+ faith-based communicators. This multi-faith forum is intended to enrich, engage, educate and empower professional communicators of religion and faith-based issues and offers fellowship and networking opportunities. Both sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are still open.

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 2020:

Annual fund and scholarship fund for 2020: Paul Kenney and Thomas Murphy


Linda Green, writer, reporter, photojournalist died recently. A former RCC member, she was a long-time staff writer for The McDuffie Progress and previously worked for United Methodist News Service and other news organizations.

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

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