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.



Wilbur Awards – EXTENDED DEADLINE: FEB. 9, 2019

Entry deadline nears for 2019 Wilbur Awards – Feb. 9th

Entries for the 2019 Wilbur Awards are due this week at Religion Communicators Council office in New York City by February 9th. Secular communicators are encouraged to submit their best work produced in 2018 for consideration in one of the oldest award programs in religious communications.

Work may be entered in MANY categories including: Web-based communication, books, feature films, photography, newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Juries of media professionals coordinated by RCC members evaluate submissions on content, creativity, impact and excellence in communicating religious values.


Religion Communicators Council Announces Leadership Transition

Jacqueline Fuller

Jacqueline Fuller, executive producer and host of Interfaith Connections in Washington, D.C., has been elected president of the Religion Communicators Council in a special board meeting after the resignation of the Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman, Feb. 2. Heckman had been president since April 2017.

“The board is grateful for the service Bud rendered during his tenure,” said Kurt Gwartney, RCC treasurer.

Eric Shafer has been elected as vice president to fill the role formerly held by Ms. Fuller. 

The 90-year-old Religion Communicators Council is a professional association whose mission is to provide opportunities for networking and professional development for people working in communications for a wide variety of faith-based organizations.

RCC recognizes and cultivates excellence in communications of religious faith and values, as well as advances the public’s religious literacy.


Contact: Kurt Gwartney, [email protected], 405-943-7862.

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