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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Stories from around the globe are represented among 2020 Wilbur Award winners

Religion Communicators Council honors 23 for work during 2019

Stained glass Wilbur Award trophyNEW YORK — CBS News, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Al Jazeera English, Los Angeles Times and several other contributors both locally and internationally have won recognition from the Religion Communicators Council for faith-related reporting.

The Religion Communicators Council announced 23 Wilbur Award winners for work completed in 2019. Among this year’s winners are a number of pieces that highlight stories from around the world or were produced internationally. Such winners include “Wrapped in Love,” the Toronto based radio documentary winner from Tapestry on CBC Radio, and “Life & Soul,” the Dublin based winner in the TV & Cable documentary category by Scratch Films for RTÉ. The Associated Press won in two categories, one for a breathtaking photo essay depicting recent crackdowns by the Indian government in the largely Muslim Kashmir region.

Other Wilbur winners include New York Time Bestseller, “The Dearly Beloved,” published by Simon and Schuster; “Bipartisan Prayer,” a TV interview by CBS Face the Nation; and a magazine essay published by Emergence Magazine, “On the Road with Thomas Merton.”

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PSA: Special Congress Hotel Rates Extended to March 13!

Did you wait for the last minute to reserve your hotel room? Well, you're in luck! Religion Communication Congress 2020 attendees are now guaranteed a locked-in price until March 13 for reservations made at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel - the official venue for RCCongress 2020.

Once you've made your reservation with the hotel, make sure you've registered for the convention! You can register for Religion Communication Congress 2020: Communicating Faith in the Public Square (RCCongress 2020) for just $395!*** through March 17. Day rates are also available for those who cannot attend the full conference.

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Insights from new study on spirituality to be unveiled at RCCongress 2020

The Fetzer Institute, in partnership with Hattaway Communications, will unveil insights and initial findings of a groundbreaking survey on spirituality in America at the March 17-21, 2020, Religion Communication Congress 2020 (RCCongress 2020).

The survey brings people’s spiritual lives to light by reflecting how people experience and practice spirituality within and outside traditional religions.

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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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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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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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Insights from new study on spirituality to be unveiled at RCCongress 2020

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

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

5 reasons to attend RCCongress 2020

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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

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