Registration STILL OPEN for Atlanta Convention

Attendees at the 2018 national convention will tour and visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights on Saturday, April 7. Ticket price is included in your registration.

Full Convention Registration
  • Includes all presentations, workshops, scheduled meals, DeRose-Hinkhouse and Wilbur Awards banquets.
    • Full Registration: $395
    • Full Registration for a spouse or partner: $295
    • Full Registration for Students: $200 (Student ID required)
  • See Convention Registration page for fees for separate days, meals
  • Online registration

Workshop highlight

Workshop | Management/APR track

APRReputation Management in Our Modern Age

This session offers religion communicators a look into the unique challenges and opportunities of reputation management today. We’ll talk about trends, the current state of public opinion, and, of course, best practices as we review a couple of high-profile case studies.

Katherine MoralesKatherine Morales, APR (@ktmason) is founder of InFlection Point Communications in Atlanta and a member of the Universal Accreditation Board. She specializes in brand building, reputation management, and strategic communications planning and has provided public relations counsel to Chick-fil-A, Hewlett-Packard, and Bayer CropScience. She now partners with many entrepreneurial companies to help manage their reputations, discover their inflection point, and create positive change for future growth.

And more...

Read more about all the Convention speakers and schedule and register today!

Speakers, Awards and Tours all part of the 3 days activities in Atlanta! See you there or watch Facebook and our website for news. #RCC2018Atlanta


Telling long-term stories that matter

By Candice Johnson

Sarah Pulliam Bailey at New York Chapter RCC, March 2018

On Tuesday March 21st, the New York City chapter of the RCC met at the Church Pension Group for its monthly lunch meeting. This month’s speaker was Sarah Pulliam Bailey of the Washington Post. Sarah is a religion reporter and currently runs Washington Post’s religion blog, “Acts of Faith.” Her focus is religion’s intersection with everything, including politics, culture and education.

Sarah began by speaking of her experience as a journalist throughout the rise of Trump. She put forth the question, in a time of Trump dominating the news cycle how do we break through as religion communicators? How do we tell long-term stories that matter instead of reacting to every tweet and scandal?


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.


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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