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Christian communicators say women treated unfairly by media

Sarah Macharia, opening plenary speaker at the Religion Communicators Council National Convention

Ecumenical News International
Daily News Service
1 April 2011
ENI-11-0164

by Chris Herlinger

Little Rock, Arkansas, 1 April (ENInews) — A more fair and balanced representation and portrayal of women in the media is one way journalists can help create a more equitable world, said a media observer and peace advocate.

"Fair and balanced news media representation holds the potential to enable the emergence of societies marked by non-hierarchical social relations that guard ... values of equality, justice and freedom from discrimination," Sarah Macharia, programme manager for media and gender justice of the Toronto-based World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), said 31 March at the annual convention of the Religion Communicators Council.

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The future? Think mobile, mobile, mobile, says digital expert

by Chris Herlinger

Jeff Cole

Jeff Cole

Photo by George Conklin

CHICAGO (RCCongress 2010), April 10 — Trying to understand the future of global communication? A small hand-held device already takes pride of place, says a noted expert on digital communication.

Think mobile – the mobile phone with the capabilities of television, web surfing and texting.

"Mobile is at the center of everything," Jeffrey Cole, who directs the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, told participants at a Saturday, April 10, plenary session Religion Communication Congress 2010 in Chicago. "It's truly the transformational device."

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Rev. Moss to faith communicators: "Remix your message"

by Deb Christian

CHICAGO (RCCongress2010) April 10, 2010 — When a pastor known for his work in developing a new generation of prophetic leaders in a faith tradition and for bridging the generation gap stands up and tells you to be ready to "remix" your message, you stop for a few minutes and listen.

Otis Moss, III

Otis Moss, III

In a Friday plenary address delivered at the April 7-10 Religion Communication Congress 2010 in Chicago, Rev. Otis Moss, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, made the point to the gathering of faith communications professionals that the older generation should be ready to "remix your message".

Rev. Moss contrasted the leadership styles of Old Testament figures Moses and Joshua, beginning his story with the statement that "Moses was dead....," and went on to highlight other differences.

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Islamic society head describes changing Muslim community engagement

by Deb Christian

Ingrid Mattson

Ingrid Mattson

Photo by George Conklin

CHICAGO (RCCongress 2010), April 9 — Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Director of the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary told a story of how change involves communication to participants gathered in Chicago for Religion Communication Congress 2010 (April 7-10).

The congress is the once-a-decade gathering of communications professionals from different from different faiths, different countries, and different areas of faith. More than 500 participants in this decade's event explored the theme "Embracing Change: Communicating Faith in Today's World."

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Use of new communication venues necessary to spread message of hope

by Deb Christian

CHICAGO (RCCongress 2010), April 9 — Pluralism: more than one of something; diverse; opposite of a single approach or method.

Diana Eck

Diana Eck

Photo by George Conklin

"Pluralism begins with difference. Real religious pluralism means our engagement with one another requires building sturdy relationships," said Diana Eck, developer and director of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University, in a Friday keynote address to participants in Religion Communication Congress 2010.

Noting the challenges faced in the United States with its complex religious landscape, Dr. Eck noted that, "religious faith is a powerful force in people's lives and choices. We must find new ways to spread the message of hope through new communication venues in our world."

The Pluralism Project tries to bring changing views on religion into the open. "Who are 'we the people...' now," she asked. "This is a new world of encounter for many Americans."

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