RCC elects Board of Governors, hears reports at annual business meeting

By Jeff Huett, APR

Bud Heckman (photo by Andy and Malinda Rawls)

ATLANTA (April 6, 2018) — Members of the Religion Communicators Council heard updates on implementation of the organization’s Strategic Plan 2020, elected new members to its Board of Governors and received reports from local chapters in Washington, D.C., Nashville and New York at its business meeting in conjunction with the 2018 convention.

RCC President Bud Heckman reported on the organization’s progress toward upgraded communications and database infrastructure through a new website and CRM software. He reported on a conference called Reimagining Religion 2018: New Stories, New Communities. RCC worked with the University of Southern California (Knight Program & Center for Religion and Civic Culture) and the Religion News Association to develop and to sponsor the January conference.

Elected to the 2018 RCC Board of Governors were the Rev. Bud Heckman (President), Jackie Fuller (Vice President), Danny Hall (Secretary), Kurt Gwartney (Treasurer), Casey Tom (Past President), Rev. Eric Shafer; Rev. Brian Fesler, Cherilyn Crowe, Joan Gaylord, Tasha Sargent, Anuttama Dasa, Doug Cannon, Susan Gottshall, Ryan John Koch, Eron Henry, Deb Christian and Skyler Nimmons.

Local chapters have been busy in their communities. In Washington, D.C., the chapter held a conversation with Tom Gallagher, the CEO of Religion News Service. The chapter also gathered to tour a 3D exhibit about the tomb of Christ at the National Geographic Museum and learned about the history and resources of the National Press Club.

The Nashville chapter reported that its breakfast meetings are generally structured to foster discussion about news items of interest to religion communicators. The chapter calls these gatherings “Building Bridges over Bagels.”

The New York City chapter’s monthly meetings seek to include a variety of topics around religious literacy, social media and news practitioners. The chapter also seeks to vary its locations throughout the city. Meetings have included social media strategy with Ryan Koch; David Gibson, from Religion News Service; 2018 Wilbur Award-winning author Hindol Sengupta, who wrote¬†Being Hindu: Understanding a Peaceful Path in a Violent World; and Sarah Pulliam Bailey, religion reporter for¬†The Washington Post.

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