Celebrating 90 years of RCC

2020 Convention: March 17-21, 2020 in the Washington, D.C. area

The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is one of over 100 cooperating organizations participating in the once-a-decade Religion Communication Congress 2020 (RCCongress 2020) for our annual convention.

The theme is Communicating Faith in the Public Square.

The RCC business meeting and DeRose-Hinkhouse and Wilbur Awards will be scheduled during the event. Registration is open.

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Early bird deadline extended!

Snoozed all of your reminders? You're in luck! The early bird deadline has been extended to February 22, 2020.

You can register for Religion Communication Congress 2020: Communicating Faith in the Public Square (RCCongress 2020) for just $395* if you submit your registration by the new deadline. And now it lines up with the existing hotel block deadline – so you have fewer dates to keep track of!

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Special rates are available for students, retirees, and groups that meet the registration requirements. Day rates are also available for those who cannot attend the full conference.

The Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel is the official venue for RCCongress 2020. Reserve your room online by February 22 to receive the special RCCongress 2020 rate.

Program speakers, panels, workshops and preliminary schedule are on the Religion Communication Congress 2020 website.

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Religion Communication Congress 2020 explores LGBTQI and religious rights

Balancing LGBTQI and Religious Freedom Rights

Given the persistent clashes between the LGBTQI communities and conservative religious communities, only a winner-takes-all outcome seems possible.

Newly proposed legislation called the Fairness for All Act offers a “both-and” alternative to protect the civil rights of LGBTQI people while also protecting religious persons and organizations.

In this panel, religious freedom and LGBTQI advocates will examine how the two communities can find common ground for the good of all Americans.

Panelists include:

  • Melissa Reid, Associate Director of Public Affairs & Religious Liberty for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
  • Dr. Stanley Carlson-Thies, Founder and Senior Director of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance (IRFA), a division of the Center for Public Justice (CPJ)
  • Tim Schultz, President of the 1st Amendment Partnership
  • Tyler Deaton, Senior Advisor to American Unity Fund

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Religion Communication Congress 2020 presents faith advocacy in D.C.

Panel participants: Martin Shupack, Sister Simone Campbell, Suhag Shukla, Rev. Jimmie Ray Hawkins, Nina Fernando

From one-on-one lobbying efforts to applying public pressure to harnessing the power of social media, learn more about how people of faith can – and do – make an impact on public policy.

On Saturday morning, March 21, the Religion Communication Congress will bring advocates from D.C. faith organizations together with social media experts to describe how advocacy works, both in person and in the digital sphere.

Panelists inlude:

  • Martin Shupack, Director of Advocacy for Church World Service
  • Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and leader of six “Nuns on the Bus” trips
  • Suhag Shukla, Esq., Executive Director and co-founder of the Hindu American Foundation
  • Rev. Jimmie Ray Hawkins, Director of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C.
  • Nina Fernando, Program Director, Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign

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Internationally recognized leaders to speak on communicating religious documents

RCCongress 2020 panel will include representatives from four faith traditions

Pictured from left to right: Rev. Susan Hayward, Jim Winkler, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi

Religion communicators are influential leaders in determining how individuals and communities come to understand, conceptualize and practice religion.

Representatives from four faith traditions will discuss the importance of communicating and promoting religious declarations, such as the Marrakesh Declaration and others, that aim to advance interfaith dialogue and peaceful coexistence during a plenary panel session at the Religion Communication Congress 2020.

Panelists include:

  • Rev. Susan Hayward, Senior Advisor for Religion & Inclusive Societies of the United States Institute for Peace
  • Jim Winkler, General Secretary and President of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States
  • Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union of Reform Judaism
  • Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi, Executive Director of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers

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Reserve a coveted exhibit space at global, religion communicator event

RCCongress 2020 is an opportunity to promote your organization to an estimated 500 influential communicators.

Regardless of religious background, all attendees – broadcasters, producers, writers, editors, directors, bloggers – are communicators at heart.

This event is a once-a-decade opportunity to market to a highly coveted and focused audience.

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Multi-faith religion communicators to meet in D.C. area for once-a-decade event

On March 17-21, 2020, members from more than 100 Cooperating Organizations will join together at Religion Communication Congress 2020: Communicating Faith in the Public Square (RCCongress 2020) to access tools and information that reflects current atmospheres in the media and among various civic climates around the world.

“RCCongress 2020 is a great opportunity to connect with old friends and make new friends. It’s also a place to get new ideas and network professionally with other communicators and find out what is working, and not working, in their shops,” says Cindy Martens, Senior Director of Circulation for Sojourners – one of the many RCCongress 2020 cooperating organizations – and co-chair of the sponsorship committee.

In addition to networking opportunities and engaging discussion topics, RCCongress 2020 will be host to a number of practical and informative workshops that cover a range of topics – from tactical strategy to thought-provoking advocacy. Below are a few highlights of scheduled workshops:

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Dr. Azza Karam to be keynote speaker at Religion Communication Congress 2020

Azza KaramDr. Azza Karam, newly appointed Secretary-General of Religions for Peace International, and the first woman to hold that office, will be the keynote speaker for the opening plenary session of the Religion Communication Congress 2020 (RCCongress 2020) to be held on the evening of Wednesday, March 18, 2020. RCCongress 2020.

Dr. Karam will address the topic of interfaith cooperation with civil society and its guiding institutions to advance inclusivity, youth engagement and human rights. She will focus on how religion communicators can share this message in the public square to achieve tangible actions and impact.

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Media ethics scholar to discuss fake news in our digital world at RCCongress 2020

Clifford ChristiansDr. Clifford G. Christians, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is one of the world’s leading scholars on ethics in media. He has explored, over the course of his career, the nature and role of ethics and ethical decision-making in media and human dialogue, and will be a featured speaker at RCCongress 2020. His expansive knowledge and indisputable expertise will present participants with a crucial voice in the discussions taking place as we focus on “Communicating Faith in the Public Square.”

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Religion Communication Congress 2020 tackles complex themes

An impressive lineup of speakers and workshops to be featured

For over half a century, Religion Communication Congresses have offered a forum where professional religion communicators from a wide range of faith traditions gather to network and learn cutting edge strategies and skills through hands-on opportunities, academic and applied research, practical workshops, and thoughtful plenaries.

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Religion Communication Congress 2020 explores LGBTQI and religious rights

Religion Communication Congress 2020 presents faith advocacy in D.C.

Internationally recognized leaders to speak on communicating religious documents

Help us promote RCCongress 2020!

Dr. Azza Karam to be keynote speaker at Religion Communication Congress 2020

5 reasons to attend RCCongress 2020

Greetings from your registrar!

Registration opens for once-a-decade Religion Communication Congress

Reserve a coveted exhibit space at global, religion communicator event

Multi-faith religion communicators to meet in D.C. area for once-a-decade event

Media ethics scholar to discuss fake news in our digital world at RCCongress 2020

Religion Communication Congress 2020 tackles complex themes

Presenting Religion Communication Congress 2020: "Communicating Faith in the Public Square"

Religion Communication Congress 2020 welcomes new leadership

Planning continues for Religion Communication Congress 2020

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