Religion Communicators Convention: April 10-13, 2019, Chicago

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel – Historic Chicago Lodging

RCC and ACP have chosen a wonderful venue for their joint 2019 convention set for April 10-13 in Chicago. Enjoy the rich history and modern luxury offered by the Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago hotel.

The location is great. You’ll be close to Chicago 360, an observation deck with views of the skyline and Lake Michigan; the Magnificent Mile, offering shopping, dining, entertainment venues; and nearby Oak Street Beach where you can continue to explore Chicago.

The price is reasonable. Working together, the convention planners were able to negotiate a special group rate of $139+tax per night. That rate is good until March 10. Please make your own hotel reservations.

This 4 -star hotel has been operating in Chicago since 1927. Don’t miss the re-created, illuminated glass dance floor where famous dance acts in its early years performed. More than 300 guest rooms, the beautiful Crystal Ballroom, more than 18K square feet of meeting space are among the amenities.

Three dining options include NiX Restaurant, Martini Bar, and Library Tea Room.

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, 163 E Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611. Call 800-621-8140 for hotel reservations or book online.

Sign Up, Reserve your room, Book transportation – Now!

This year’s theme is Seeing in New Ways: Possibilities and Perceptions.

Registration for the convention, including all presentations and workshops and scheduled meals, and DeRose-Hinkhouse and Wilbur Award dinners is $395. Fourth Presbyterian Church in downtown Chicago will host our meetings. All information and details can be found on the convention page.

Welcome new RCC members!

Vivian Rucker (Nashville) – Communications Specialist at United Methodist Church Discipleship Ministries

Teresa Faust (Nashville) – Senior Manager, Research and Metrics for United Methodist Communications

Michael Scandling (MAL) – Blogger at STAND League

Sandra Richmond (MAL) – Blogger at STAND League

Laurie Bartilson (MAL) – Blogger at STAND League

Wayne Hanson (MAL) – Blogger at STAND League

Isa Totah (MAL) – Blogger at STAND League

Rachel Quednau (MAL) – Graduate Student (Master of Theological Studies) at Harvard Divinity School

Jason O’Neill (Dallas/Ft. Worth) – Communications Manager for the Northern Texas – Northern Louisiana Synod, ELCA

Marlene Sweda (Nashville) – Senior Volunteer Recruiting Specialist at the Red Cross


Religion Communicators Convention: April 10-13, 2019, Chicago

“Extras” at RCC-ACP Convention and Welcome New Members!

RCC (Religion Communicators Council) and ACP (Associated Church Press) are having a combined annual convention April 10-13, 2019 in Chicago.

Each organization will have its own award ceremonies honoring the work of its members. The planning is being done by a team from both groups. RCC and ACP will share workshops, plenary speakers, networking opportunities, fellowship and faith expressions.

Professional development, networking, fellowship are important aspects of any conference. This conference is no exception.

Consider some of the enrichment and extras available.


Religion Communicators Convention: April 10-13, 2019, Chicago

Chicago – Plenaries, Panels, and Keynotes – Oh my!

WELCOME NEW RCC members! *

Highlights of the 2019 joint RCC (Religion Communicators Council) ACP (Associated Church Press) convention, an annual event for both organizations, include speakers and panel members who will explore and touch on various aspects of the meeting’s theme, Seeing in New Ways: Possibilities and Perceptions.

Opening the April 10-13 conference on Wednesday afternoon will be award-winning author and journalist Judith Valente, speaking to our theme of seeing the possibilities and perceptions as we try to look at our culture and jobs as communicators in new ways.

The first keynote event on Thursday is a plenary with a panel discussion on “Communicating in the Age of #MeToo.” RCC Vice President, Rev. Eric Shafer, will moderate the conversation between Dr. Glory Dharmaraj, US coordinator for the Global Media Monitoring Group (GMMP) of the World Association for Christian Communicators (WACC), Dr. Sarah Macharia, global coordinator for GMMP, and Dr. Karri Whipple, an assistant professor of Liberal Studies at New York University.


RCC/ACP Convention Workshops – Three tracks, lots of choices

RCC (Religion Communicators Council) and ACP (Associated Church Press) will join for their respective annual meetings on April 10-13, 2019 in Chicago. Among the many offerings and benefits of this event are workshops focused on professional development for communicators. This year’s theme is Seeing in New Ways: Possibilities and Perceptions.

Need management-focused classes? We got ’em.

How about something technical skills training? We have those, too.

Interested in offerings that support gaining APR (Accredited in Public Relation) certification? This is the time and place.

  • Three tracks: Management – Technology – APR

  • Thirteen Professional Development Workshops (that doesn’t include plenary sessions, panel discussions, and affinity groups).

Here are some samples to pique your interest:


Two national religion communication groups to hold joint convention in Chicago

RCC/ACP ConventionCHICAGO — The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) and the Associated Church Press (ACP), two long established professional associations serving the religious communication community, will meet for a joint national convention in Chicago on April 10-13 at Fourth Presbyterian Church on the Magnificent Mile. RCC celebrates its 90th anniversary as an interfaith organization in 2019 and ACP comes in with 93 years of supporting the life of faith and the Christian community.

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