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Plans continue for Religion Communication Congress 2020 (RCCongress 2020), a once-a-decade international gathering of professional religion communicators from a wide range of faith traditions.

As of September 4, 2018, 85 interfaith organizations have committed to support RCCongress 2020, which is scheduled for March 17-21, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Cooperating organizations include large international organizations, small non-profits, academic institutions and consulting agencies. Coordination continues with a representative steering committee to plan the Congress program and other logistical details.

The Congress will include representatives and participants from a wide range of faith traditions around the world. Participants will benefit from hands-on opportunities to learn new technologies; academic and applied research; roundtables for exchanging views on important communications issues; dozens of workshops with tools that can be implemented immediately; an opportunity to experience a wide range of faith expressions; cross-pollination of creative ideas and innovations by mixing with professionals from all media disciplines; and global views and local relevance.

The first Congress in 1970 was held in Chicago, Illinois, and arose from a simple idea: to provide a forum to expand the experience and broaden the perspective of professional communicators in faith-based settings beyond their specialized work area. Subsequent congresses were held in Nashville, Tennessee (1980 and 1990) and Chicago (2000 and 2010). More than 1,000 participants from around the world attended each of the last two Chicago events.

“An Advisory Leadership Team from previous congresses is working to assist the coordination of a Steering Committee for RCCongress 2020. Excitement is building and time is moving quickly to confirm workshops, speakers and other activities during the event,” said Shirley Struchen, who coordinated both the 2000 and 2010 Congresses.

Contact: Shirley Struchen at or or call 212-870-2402 for more information.

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