NEW YORK — The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) has scheduled its 2016 annual convention – “Faith-based Communications: Bridges, Avenues, and Intersections” – for March 31-April 2, 2016 in New York City. RCC is extending a special membership offer to mark the occasion.
New members joining for 2016 will receive membership for the remainder of 2015 at no cost. They also will be eligible to submit their creative work for consideration in the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards, which recognizes excellence in communications by faith-based organizations. These industry-leading awards will be presented along with the Wilbur Awards – conferred on individuals and organizations for remarkable coverage of religious issues, values and themes in secular media – at the convention.
RCC Vice President Bud Heckman, Executive Director of the International Shinto Foundation and Convenor of the Interfaith Funders’ Group, remarked that “the foundations that I have served have invested in the RCC as an important platform for encouraging healthy understandings of religion in our world. RCC’s members reach millions with their messaging and can inform hearts and minds towards the greater good.”
Members of RCC represent diverse industries and faith traditions, working with and for religious and other non-profit organizations across the United States. Members include: writers, editors, journalists, communications directors, social media specialists, webmasters, chaplains, graphic artists, development officers, marketers and photographers. The RCC provides opportunities for networking, education, professional development, and access to resources. In addition, RCC assists communicators in obtaining their Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential.
RCC Chapters are active in New York, Washington D.C, Dallas/Fort Worth, Nashville, Louisville and Central Texas (Austin). More than half of RCC membership is affiliated with the national organization as members-at-large and enjoy fellowship and professional advancement through webinars and social gatherings.
Advancing religious literacy is essential to public discourse and is a central mission focus of RCC. Diversity is a fact of life in modern society, and appreciation of diverse religious expressions is critical to social cohesion and healthy pluralism. In short, religion is a part of life – RCC helps you talk about it.
The Religion Communicators Council was established in 1929 to promote faith perspectives in public discourse. Shirley Struchen serves as Executive Director.