Previous Conventions

The annual convention of the Religion Communicators Council provides attendees a wealth of information to enhance their professional skills and pick up new ones.

You can explore some of our past conventions and read summaries of our many workshops and plenaries, as well as recaps of the DeRose-Hinkhouse and Wilbur award winners, the RCC annual business meeting, and more.

Opening New Portals, Building Community

2021

Opening New Portals, Building Community is designed to help communicators—reporters, editors, publishers, writers, marketers, freelancers, videographers, photographers, graphic designers and more—who work for the religious and mainstream media, denominations, religious and other organizations and non-profits and others to be supported and encouraged as people of faith and to network and develop and improve their skills.

In addition to plenary speakers, panels and workshops, it will include the business meetings and award ceremonies for the Associated Church Press, Religion Communicators Council and the Canadian Christian Communicators Association.

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Awards

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The convention is sponsored by:

The Associated Church Press, a professional organization brought together by a common commitment to excellence in journalism as a means to describe, reflect, and support the life of faith and the Christian community.

The Religion Communicators Council, an association of communications professionals who work for and with a diverse group of faith-based organizations in the areas of communications, public relations, advertising and development.

The Canadian Christian Communicators Association (formerly the Canadian Church Press), which is dedicated to supporting Christian communicators from across Canada by exploring trends, strategies, challenges and opportunities facing communicators today.

Religion Communication Congress

2020

Since 1970, the Religion Communication Congress has been a once-a-decade gathering of professional religion communicators from a wide range of faith traditions. Planned by a diverse team of religion communicators, including members of RCC, Religion Communication Congress 2020 moved to a virtual format in order to deliver a variety of the presentations planned for the physical event. Under the theme of “Communicating Faith in the Public Square,” RCCongress 2020 continued to provide a space to broaden perspectives and foster greater understanding and cooperation for communicating about religion in a multi-faith world.

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Recorded Webinars

Awards

Other

2018

Religion Communicators Council met in Atlanta to “realize the dream” of promoting peace and justice through communication. Plenary and workshop topics included public relations, branding, crisis management, promoting justice through media, and more.

2017

The three-day event, “Virtually Here, There and Everywhere: Faith Communications and Presence,” was a multi-faith forum designed to enrich, engage, educate and empower professional communicators of religion and faith-based issues.

2016

The Religion Communications Council met in Manhattan to build “bridges” among faith groups, find “avenues” to new communications skills and discover “intersections” between faith groups and the world at large. Plenary and workshop topics at different locations throughout the city included multi-religious activism, Google News Lab and the future of media, finding funding and resources, advanced social media training, and issues of religious freedom.

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Workshops

Plenaries and Keynotes

Awards

Business Meeting

Other

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2015

The Religion Communications Council met in Alexandria, Virginia, to explore the theme “Faith-based Communications: Connecting Locally, Reaching Globally.”