2019 Convention: April 10-13, 2019 in Chicago

RCC and ACP will meet jointly and RCC will celebrate its 90th year anniversary, 1929-2019. Theme: Seeing in New Ways: Possibilities and Perceptions

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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.


Religion Communicators Council announces leadership transition

Jacqueline FullerJacqueline 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.

Judith Valente to be keynote speaker at convention opening plenary

Judith ValenteJudith Valente (@judithvalente) is an award-winning author and journalist and 2003 Wilbur Award winner. Her most recent book is How to Live: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community.

She is a sought-after speaker and retreat leader on such subjects as living a more contemplative life, discovering inner wisdom through poetry, and finding meaning in your work. She is a lay associate of the Benedictine monastery Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas, which is the subject of her 2013 memoir, Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith.

Ms. Valente is the senior correspondent for WGLT Radio, an NPR affiliate in central Illinois. She writes for U.S. Catholic and National Catholic Reporter, and is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. She also worked as an on-air correspondent for Chicago Public Radio and Religion & Ethics Newsweekly on national PBS-TV.

Ms. Valente will be the keynote speaker at the RCC/ACP Convention opening plenary in April.

Pack a constitution with that Bible for overseas mission trips, expert says

New book by RCC member

By Jeff Brumley

Eron HenryA huge challenge facing faith-based groups operating overseas is ignorance about the laws governing religion in other countries.

It can get people into a lot of trouble, said Eron Henry, a Jamaican-born American and former communications executive with the Baptist World Alliance [and RCC member].

So, Henry has written a newly published book he hopes may prevent embarrassing, if not tragic, situations around the globe.

Constitutionally Religious: What the Constitutions of 180 Countries Say About Religion and Belief, aims to equip people of all faiths with information that can help international work operate more smoothly.

“Constitution matters and religious actors need to take these constitutions seriously,” Henry told Baptist News Global.

It’s all too common to see religious groups travel overseas oblivious not only the values, but to the laws of those countries, he said. Sometimes those cases end up on international news as diplomatic incidents.

Read the full story on the Baptist News Global website...


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