RCC Nashville Chapter Takes Pledge

Members of the RCC Nashville Chapter gathered Sept. 21, 2011 to recite and take a pledge to follow the RCC Code of Ethics.

Brian Fesler, President of the Nashville Chapter, is at left.

Royya James, third from left, gave a program on the Code of Ethics.


CBS special highlights role of faith communities in resettling refugees


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that in 2010 more than 43 million people were forcibly displaced by conflicts.

By Jerry Van Marter

"Refugee Resettlement: Faith Communities Making A Difference," a CBS Television religion special about refugees who resettle in the United States, will be broadcast Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 on the CBS Television Network.

John P. Blessington is the executive producer and Liz Kineke, recipient of a 2010 Wilbur Award, is the producer of the special. Carol Fouke, RCC member with Church World Service, assisted with finding program segments. The program is produced in cooperation with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, including the National Council of Churches and a consortium of Roman Catholic organizations, The Islamic Society of North America, The Union of Reform Judaism and the New York Board of Rabbis.


When the Cross and the Crescent Meet: Opening doors to Muslim neighbors

By Cecile S. Holmes

When Irshad Learning Center, a Muslim congregation in Illinois, asked to use Woodridge United Methodist Church facilities for fellowship and worship, it didn't take long for the church to say yes.

"They came knocking on our door saying they were looking for space," says the Rev. Dave Buerstetta, a pastor at the church. Woodridge is a Chicago suburb in DuPage County. Zoning officials had denied the Muslims' request to use property they had purchased for a worship center and school, and the congregation had been kicked out of another place.

Soon after Woodridge's trustees approved Irshad's request to use the church, the group of international and American-born Muslims began meeting there Thursdays and some holidays. That was nearly two years ago, and Irshad still uses Woodridge's kitchen, fellowship hall and classrooms.


Religion communicators call for civil discourse about 9/11

RCC board urges responsible coverage of faith angles in 10th anniversary stories

A religion communicators group called Aug. 7 for responsible discussion of faith groups in news coverage of 9/11's 10th anniversary.

The Religion Communicators Council urged journalists and bloggers to "pursue accuracy, respect and understanding of people of all faiths and faith communities." The statement was in a resolution adopted in Philadelphia by the board of governors for the 400-member interfaith council.

The 17-member board called "for responsible discussion of religion and of all faith groups, seeking the understanding and acceptance of religious communities."


Resolution On Civil Discourse During 10th Anniversary of 9/11

WHEREAS, The coming tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the USA will bring about painful recollections of terrorism and its effects; and

WHEREAS, The rhetoric at such times can become heated and distorted as it intermingles the religious identity of participants in those heinous acts; and

WHEREAS, The Religion Communicators Council encourages religion communicators to adhere to the highest ethical guidelines in the communication of religious faith and values in public discourse and to foster understanding among faith groups; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Governors of the Religion Communicators Council calls for responsible discussion of religion and of all faith groups, seeking the understanding and acceptance of religious communities; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That the Board urges all who report and record news and register, edit or publish opinions about faith communities and religious commitments to adhere to the highest ethical standards of their craft and pursue accuracy, respect and understanding of people of all faiths and faith communities.

Adopted August 7, 2011, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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