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Brian J. Grim and Azza Karam to lead opening plenary at RCCongress 2020

Join us in two weeks for the Religion Communication Congress 2020: Communicating Faith in the Public Square Opening Banquet and Plenary with Dr. Brian J. Grim and Dr. Azza Karam, focused on bringing faith into the public square as a normal and natural part of broader social discussion. As professionals accustomed to operating in areas […]

Join us in two weeks for the Religion Communication Congress 2020: Communicating Faith in the Public Square Opening Banquet and Plenary with Dr. Brian J. Grim and Dr. Azza Karam, focused on bringing faith into the public square as a normal and natural part of broader social discussion. As professionals accustomed to operating in areas where faith is not traditionally communicated, Dr. Karam (with years of experience within the United Nations) and Dr. Grim (a successful business executive) provide a unique outlook on normalizing the discussion of faith within ones professional areas of influence and expertise. Learn how to utilize faith — which is often weaponized in the public square — as a means to help others view faith in a positive light, as well as respect and value differences in belief.

Those in the communication sphere can examine different strategies and receive encouragement as we look at building coalitions of faith and extending those coalitions within the public square as we look to the future.

Brian J. Grim, Ph.D., is president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation (RFBF) and a leading expert on international religious demography and the socio-economic impact of restrictions on religious freedom. He is also the Global Chairman of the Biannual Business & Interfaith Peace Awards and Symposium.

Grim supports and works closely with the “Business for Peace” platform of the United Nations Global Compact. He is a research associate at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs (CURA) and a Non-Resident Scholar at the Institute for the Studies of Religion (ISR) at Baylor University. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C.

Grim holds a doctorate in sociology from the Pennsylvania State University and is author of numerous articles and books. He regularly presents to high level audiences throughout the world including the White House, State Department, European Parliament, the Vatican, and various the United Nations bodies including the Human Rights Council, and the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the UN Global Compact. He is recipient of many academic and civil awards.

Azza Karam, Ph.D., was elected as the first woman Secretary General of Religions for Peace International in August 2019. She is the Coordinator of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and a Senior Advisor on Culture at the United Nations Population Fund.

Karam has been the Lead Facilitator for the United Nations Strategic Learning Exchanges on Religion-Development-Diplomacy since 2010, and coordinates engagement with the UN’s Global Interfaith Networks of 600 faith-based organisations. She also serves as the Secretary for the UN Multi-Faith Advisory Council comprised of 35 CEOs of the UN’s largest global faith-based partners.

She has published scholarly works, since 1993, in several languages, on political Islam, gender, conflict and peacemaking, education, and transnational religious dynamics. She is also a Professor of Religion and Development at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The Religion Communication Congress is a once-a-decade gathering of professional religion communicators from a wide range of faith traditions and has occurred since 1970. This year’s interfaith meeting has more than 100 cooperating organizations and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The panel will take place during the opening plenary session on Wednesday evening titled “Normalizing Faith in the Public Square.Register today to take part in this and other exciting workshops and plenaries!

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The hotel is offering three prize drawings for registrants who reserve their hotel rooms by the deadline.

Reserve your room by MARCH 13, 2020 for Religion Communication Congress 2020 and you will be entered to win one of these awesome prizes:

(1) Upgraded room for duration of your stay

(1) Room Comp for the conference dates

(1) Complimentary weekend stay redeemable any time in 2020

Did you wait for the last minute to reserve your hotel room? Well, you’re in luck! Religion Communication Congress 2020 attendees are guaranteed a locked in price until March 15 for reservations made at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel – the official venue for RCCongress 2020.

The hotel has confirmed the following guest room rates.* The rates are in effect for room nights booked between March 14 and March 22.

  • Single-Double Occupancy: $208.00
  • Triple Occupancy: $233.00
  • Quadruple Occupancy: $258.00

Reserve online here and receive the special RCCongress 2020 rate. Or call 1-877-803-7534 and mention RCCongress 2020 if booking a reservation by phone.

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For a complete list of speakers and program schedule, visit our website at www.RCCongress2020.org or follow us on social media!

Contact:

Shirley Struchen
[email protected]
212-870-2402


*Hotel rate does not include applicable taxes (currently at 13.25%) or service fees

Hotel Prize drawing will take place on Monday, March 16th to allow upgrade and comp rate to be applied at time of check-in. Winners will be informed by email upon arrival.

The Complimentary Weekend Stay Certificate will be presented to the winning guest on site. It expires December 30, 2020. it does not include incidental charges or gratuities. Is good for Friday and Saturday night – excluding Easter and nights quoted as “sold out.”

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