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GatherDC shares communications strategies for reaching young adults

Millennials are connecting to religion in a different way, so how can religious groups best reach young adults? Experts from Gather DC shared from their expertise at the April 2018 meeting of the D.C. chapter of the Religion Communicators Council.

A Jewish nonprofit dedicated to relationship-based engagement, GatherDC connects Jewish individuals in their 20s & 30s to each other, to DC Jewish life and to meaningful adult Jewish identities. Allison Friedman, Gather DC’s communications director, and Rachel Gildiner, the executive director, led a lively discussion session on how any religious nonprofit can focus strategies to build bridges to the younger generations.

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Religion communicators explore peace and justice through communication

By Patrick Horn

Shirley Struchen, executive director of RCC, speaks at the opening plenary session of the 2018 convention (photo by George Conklin).

Religion communicators, meeting in Atlanta last week during the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, explored how communication could help advance peace and justice. The theme for the 89th annual national convention of the Religion Communicators Council, which ran from April 5 through 7, was “Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication.”

The Religion Communicators Council is an organization of interfaith communication and public relations professionals founded in 1929. They present the prestigious Wilbur Award of excellence for secular journalism on religious issues and the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards for members who demonstrate excellence in communications.

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Religion communicators visit Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights

By Joan Gaylord

A display at the Center for Civil and Human Rights features the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (photo by George Conklin).

One wouldn’t say we “enjoyed” our visit to Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights. A more accurate response to the powerful exhibits might be “inspired” and sometimes “heart-rending.” Overall, RCC members found the visit to Atlanta’s new museum to be very worthwhile, and, as one person added, “especially for people of faith.”

The Center describes itself as “a safe space” to explore the global issues of human rights and abuses. Exhibits – which include photographs, videos, and artifacts – delve deeply into the topic, exploring many chapters throughout human history.

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Stories about race in America lead the 2018 Wilbur Awards

By Skyler Nimmons

2018 Wilbur Award winners (photo by Malinda Rawls)

ATLANTA — Days after the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his birthplace of Atlanta, notably the heart of the South with a complicated history of race, equality, and justice, the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) celebrated the winners of the 2018 Wilbur Awards.

RCC announced 22 Wilbur Award winners March 5. The awards honor the creative journalistic excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – in communicating religious, social justice, and political issues, values and themes in culture during 2017.

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Reframing diversity and inclusion

By Curtis Ramsey-Lucas

Ana Toro (photo by Curtis Ramsey-Lucas)

Has your organization examined its programming, messages, materials, graphics, website, images, and committees for racial and cultural balance? Have you re-evaluated your use of images, terms or phrases that may be perceived by others as degrading or hurtful? Does your organization have specific diversity and inclusion goals and objectives?

These and other questions were the starting point for discussion during “Reframe Diversity and Inclusion: It's More Than Race,” a workshop led by Ana Toro, APR, Fellow PRSA, at the Religion Communicators Council 2018 Annual Convention in Atlanta.

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