Not In Our Town: Class Actions | Religion Communicators Council

"Not In Our Town: Class Actions": Students Confront Bullying and Intolerance

(Premiering on PBS February 13, 2012 - check local listings) 

The new PBS documentary "Not In Our Town: Class Actions" profiles student leaders working together with community members to create change in the wake of racism, anti-Semitism, and the traumatic consequences of bullying.

University of Mississippi students peacefully confront old divisions and the Ku Klux Klan by turning their backs on hate; hundreds gather on the Indiana University campus to light menorah candles after anti-Semitic attacks on campus; and a massive circle of Southern California high school students break the silence about bullying at school with a loud and united chant, "Not In Our School."

These stories of courageous, innovative action in three American towns show how young leaders are stepping up to confront intolerance, and finding creative ways to affirm their core values. In conjunction with the PBS broadcast, schools, community leaders and Public Media partners across the country are hosting screening events and launching innovative local Not In Our Town and Not In Our School action campaigns to make their communities safer.

For more information, visit the Not In Our Town web site or download the Not In Our Town PDF flyer.


Commentary: Imponderables

There are many imponderables in life – truly great surprises such as the New York football Giants actually making it to the Super Bowl!

And the Bible is filled with stories of much more significant impossibilities coming true. God told Abraham his descendents would be as many as the stars in the sky and the Quran, the Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament all sing his praises. Moses, a guy who stuttered, led Israelites from captivity to the promised land. David, a man with many flaws, nevertheless was a righteous king and his direct descendent is the messiah. A simple fisherman followed Jesus and became known as Peter, the rock.


Roundtable on Women and the Media set for Chicago

I’d like to commend the following report to you. RCC benefited from an engaging report on the progress of the Global Media Monitoring Project that opened our national convention in Little Rock, Arkansas last spring. Dr. Sarah Macharia was our presenter. Manya Brachear served as the host for the Wilbur Awards, RCC’s honoring of secular media, at the 2010 Religion Communicators Congress meeting. Debra Mason, one of the organizers of the Chicago roundtable and Executive Director of Religion Newswriters, will be a keynote speaker at RCC’s 2012 convention in Philadelphia, April 12-14. RCC members hold a genuine interest in realities of the way gender is handled by the media worldwide.

Deb Christian
RCC President

Noted journalists and media and gender specialists will be part of the panel at the roundtable “Who Makes the News: A Global Review” to take place at Columbia College Chicago on March 6, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.

The event is being co-sponsored by the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC)–North America, and Columbia College Chicago. It’s an opportunity for journalism students to consider issues of women and the media from a global perspective.


Every Day is Sunday to air in January

EVERY DAY IS SUNDAY! Trailer for ABC special

A special to be aired starting on Sunday, January 8, 2012 on ABC ownedand affiliates stations, Every Day is Sunday! Living Out Our Faith Together shows people who practice their faith and give of their time, not just on Sunday but every day of the week. They, in essence, bring the "church with them" in everything they do.


"Finding Common Ground: Today's Interfaith Movement," An Interfaith Religion Special, Will Be Broadcast Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 on the CBS Television Network

Rev. Dirk Ficca (left), Executive Director of the Chicago-based Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions and Dr. Eboo Patel (right), founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) based in Chicago.

Finding Common Ground: Today's Interfaith Movement looks at how the interfaith movement has evolved over the years.

The program visits with Rev. Dirk Ficca, Executive Director of the Chicago-based Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions. The Parliament hosts the world's largest interreligious gathering, meeting every five years in a different part of the world. People of every faith are invited to share their religious identities, dialogue and voice their hopes and concerns for the future.

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