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.

All three have experience and interest in interfaith relations and media literacy, women’s rights, identity politics and religion. At least a part of the discussion will reflect the panelists as they engage engage a range of ongoing efforts to raise awareness about gender disparities, as well as examining issues of media ethics, the role of social media, and emerging strategies.

Rev. Jonathan E. L. Brooks, senior pastor at Canaan Community church in West Englewood, IL will also present a keynote address. His work at Canaan reflects his firm belief in the need to invest in the community. He hopes to combine his academic knowledge, practical tools and ministry training to develop tangible ways to change the greater Englewood areas for the better. His comments will investigate and discuss the possibilities and perceptions of seeing in new ways.

“Shop Talk” Groups while not plenary sessions as such, are planned at several times in the convention to give participants opportunity to chat about areas of mutual interest and ideas that the keynote events and workshop sessions may have sparked.

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Registration for the convention, including all presentations and workshops and scheduled meals, and DeRose-Hinkhouse and Wilbur Award dinners is $395. All information is on the convention page.

*BIG WELCOME to new RCC members in 2019

Andrew O. Adebayo (MAL) – UX Researcher for US Bahá’í National Center

Kylie Marino (Nashville) – Digital Media Specialist for the Tennessee Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (TNUMC)

Donnie Reed (Nashville) – Senior Communications Specialist for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (GBHEM)

Beth Neil (Nashville) – Communications Specialist for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (GBHEM)

Victoria Rebeck (Nashville) – Director of Public Relations, Office of Communications for the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church (GBHEM)

Katie Tait (Nashville) – Communications Specialist at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (GBHEM)

Cynthia Howard (Nashville) – Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church (GBHEM)

We hope to see many of you at the Chicago convention!

 
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