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D.C. Chapter discusses the impact of the midterm elections

Just days after the 2018 midterm elections, the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Religion Communicators Council sat down for a roundtable on how the results impact the faith sector’s work. Several religious organizations and denominations have offices in Washington, D.C., and the community is constantly keeping up with Congress and advocating on a wide variety of issues.

Three speakers shared their observations and experiences to start the conversation: Amelia Kegan of the Friends Committee on National Legislation; Sofi Hersher of the Religion Action Center of Reform Judaism; and Shahid Rahman of the American Muslim Institution.

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D.C. Chapter discusses podcasts that are addictive

Steve Martin discusses podcasting at the October 2018 DC Chapter meeting

“If you’re not podcasting, you should be,” said Steven Martin during the October 2018 meeting of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Religion Communicators Council. The DeRose-Hinkhouse winner for podcasting in 2017 led a conversation on the art of creating content for this audio-only medium, which brings you to your audience.

Martin serves as the director of communications and development for the National Council of Churches, and he hosts the National Council of Churches Podcast. He has a breadth of experience with a variety of traditional and digital media, including video editing and filmmaking, podcasting, social media strategies, and more.

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Report from the 2018 Parliament of Religions

By Patrick Horn*

The oldest and largest interfaith institution, the Parliament of World’s Religions, convened in Toronto to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the inaugural event at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.

Over 8,000 people from 220 faith traditions gathered for seven days of dialogue, ritual, and music that celebrated diversity, inclusion, and a more peaceful, just, and sustainable society.

Speakers included Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel, author Karen Armstrong, ecofeminist Dr. Vandana Shiva, and a thousand panel presentations on topics ranging from the environment to indigenous rights, empowering women and youth, and countering violence and hate.

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DeRose-Hinkhouse Award deadline: Jan. 24, 2019

2019 DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards – Open for Entries

November 8, 2018

Dear RCC members,

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards entries are open! Make sure to renew your RCC membership and guarantee your eligibility for the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards for excellence in religion communication. As you renew, think about the great work you have created this past year and enter it for an award:

  • What projects are you most proud of?

  • What resources did you create that were really helpful?

  • What was your most creative, innovative communications tool of 2018?

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Entry period opens for 2019 Wilbur Awards

Religion Communicators Council to accept submissions until February 6.

Wilbur Award trophyNEW YORK — The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is accepting entries for the 2019 Wilbur Awards. Secular communicators have until February 6 to submit work produced during 2018 for consideration in one of the oldest recognition programs in religion communication.

The Council has presented Wilbur Awards annually since 1949, 70 years! They honor excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, books, blogs, radio, podcasts and television, movies and photography – in communicating religious issues, positive values, and themes.

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