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REGISTER at Hotel TODAY for RCC rate

RCC 2018 logoThe Sheraton Hotel RCC special rate – $129 plus taxends today, March 20. Please make your own hotel reservations online (or call 800-833-8624); use block code Religion Communicators Council.

March 20th is also the extended early bird deadline for convention registration for $395.

The convention is set for April 5-7 in Atlanta, Georgia. Convention theme: Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication. Register online.

Read about all the Convention speakers and updated schedule.

Workshop highlight

Workshop | Interfaith issues track

From Theory to Practice: Teaching, Learning, and Communicating in Interfaith Studies

This workshop, involving a student panel from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, draws upon Womack’s teaching practices and experiences in interfaith engagement. It will offer approaches to learning about religious traditions and reflect on the challenges and opportunities for moving beyond classroom-based learning into practices of interreligious engagement and communication. Her students will speak about what they have learned in classes and in the Leadership and Multifaith Program (LAMP) in Atlanta.

Deanna WomackThe Rev. Dr. Deanna Womack is assistant professor of history of religions and multifaith relations at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia. Her research combines commitments to interreligious understanding, Christian-Muslim dialogue, and American-Arab relations. Her current book project explores the encounters between American missionaries and Arab residents of Ottoman Syria in the pre-World War I period, particularly Syrian women writers and preachers who navigated cultural and religious boundaries in their experiences with missionaries.

Student panel members include:

Tala AlRahebTala AlRaheb is a second-year student at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and will graduate in May 2018 from Candler’s Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program, with a concentration in Global Religions. She is from Bethlehem, Palestine, and is interested in Middle Eastern feminist theology.

Cale Robert HallCale Hall is a first-year MTS student focusing on Global Religions and a recent participant in Candler’s travel seminar to India. Hall is originally from Savannah, Georgia, has a doctorate in Business Administration, and is President of Creative Approach, a local print shop with locations in Atlanta and Savannah.

Brittani MageeBrittani Magee is a third-year Master of Divinity student at Candler and an administrative staff person at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Magee is committed to addressing the needs of marginalized communities and has recently published a call to millennials on the Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto blog.

Kemal BudakKemal Budak is a PhD student in Sociology of Religion at Emory University. Budak is originally from Turkey, earned masters degrees in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations (Hartford Seminary) and Sociology (University of Houston) before coming to Emory. He is studying gender representation in English-language Muslim children’s books.

 

ONE DAY left for the early bird deadline at special hotel room rate!

RCC 2018 logoThe Sheraton Hotel extended the DEADLINE time “special rate” $129 plus tax for the RCC annual national convention to March 20.

Please make your own hotel reservations online (or call 800-833-8624); use block code Religion Communicators Council.

March 20th is also the extended early bird deadline for convention registration for $395.

RCC’s national Convention is set for April 5-7 in Atlanta, Georgia. Convention theme: Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication. Register online.

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Reimagining Religion: New Stories, New Communities – A special video series

By Rev. Bud Heckman
Also published in The Interfaith Observer, March 15, 2018

One of the biggest religion stories of today is the rising number of Americans who no longer identify with a particular religion. That is a given. But disaffiliation is only one side of the story. There is a lot more to tell about what is happening with religiosity in our midst.

The current period of transitions also is characterized by both curious and religious people and congregations exploring spirituality and experimenting with new forms of religious expression.

How do we tell these stories? For communicators and journalists, today's religious creativity represents opportunities for more complex and compelling narratives of meaning, purpose, and identity that will engage audiences.

On January 26, 2018, a cadre of partner organizations hosted a one day conference at the University of Southern California to explore these issues. Participants heard from Hollywood creatives, religion reporters, communications and journalism academics, regional activists and pioneers in emerging communities and innovative storytelling.

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ONE week - EXTENDED hotel discount rate for RCC Convention

Extended: ONE week left for the early bird deadline!

The Sheraton Hotel and RCC Board extended the DEADLINE time for the annual national convention in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia.

March 20th is the extended Early Bird deadline (get the lowest registration rate) and hotel room cut off (for the $129 special RCC rate).

The convention is set for April 5-7, 2018 in Atlanta. Registration is $395. The venue is Sheraton Atlanta, and you can get your room with the special RCC rate of $129+tax. Convention Theme: Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication. Register online.

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Atlanta in Spring!

REGISTER NOW! Register online.

Important: March 13th is Early Bird deadline (get the lowest registration rate of $395) and hotel room cut off.

Thursday highlight: Black History tour – Free!

Plan to arrive Wednesday night, April 4 and take part in a Black History tour of historic sites on Thursday, April 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The tour includes a the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center with a visit to the crypts of Coretta and Dr. King, Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Visitor's Center, Gift Shop, and Dr. King's Birth Home followed by a drive through downtown Atlanta past Atlanta University Center which includes Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Wilbur Awards

The convention also includes the Wilbur Awards dinner, recognizing coverage of religion and values in the secular media. Check out the list of winners here – ranging from The Washington Post Magazine to 60 Minutes to BuzzFeed News.

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