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Pacific Coast Interfaith Communicators

MISSION: Promote religious literacy, interfaith appreciation and cooperation, and excellence in religious publicity and secular journalism focused on religion

Letter from the Editor

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for making a big success of the launch of the Pacific Coast Chapter and virtual group of the Religion Communicators Council! Our digital metrics look great, and the letters of support are much appreciated. 

We will co-host an inspiring and informative webinar on February 2, 2021 at 1pm PST. More information below.  

Our national organization will also convene an annual convention virtually in April. Scroll down to learn more about membership. We encourage you to share this message with your associates, and you can also change your own free subscription settings here.

Happy New Year!

Governor, Religion Communicators Council
Chairman, Membership Committee

Objective: Promote Religious Literacy

Los Angeles - Brie Loskota recently published "Why Crisis Response Efforts Need Religious Literacy" for the Aspen Institute blog.

Loskota is the Executive Director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California and the Inclusive America Project Fellow on Religious Literacy where she works to increase religious literacy among philanthropic institutions and develop a cohort of scholars and practitioners that will together push forward the field of religious literacy.

USC CCRC co-hosted "Reimagining Religion: New Stories, New Communities" with the Religion Communicators Council in 2018.

Objective: Promote Interfaith Cooperation

Los Angeles - The Pacific Coast Chapter of the Religion Communicators Council and the Southern California Committee for the Parliament of World's Religions (a United Religions Initiative cooperation circle) will convene a webinar reviewing historic declarations and other documents (see below).

"Seeds of Peace: Growing a New Alliance of Virtue" will feature Ms. Audrey Kitagawa (President, International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation), Dr. Azza Karam (Executive Secretary, Religions for Peace International), and Rev. Susan Hayward (U.S. Institute of Peace) in conversation during World Interfaith Harmony Week (#WIHW2021 Feb 1-7) in support of the theme: "Faith Action for Sustainable Development and the One Trillion Trees Initiative." Registration details in the next edition!

Objective: Foster Communications

The New Alliance of Virtue is a global coalition that emerged through the Marrakesh Declaration (USIP analysis), the Washington Declaration, the Potomac Declaration and Plan of Action, the Declaration of the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace International, and the Vatican document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together. [See also, Laudato Si and Tutti Fratelli

In The News

RCC National Update

•  Membership Benefits
Your RCC membership qualifies you to earn the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), a credential that keeps you current on today’s best practices and applications in the ever-evolving communications profession. Want to learn more? Contact RCC’s representative Jeff Huett at 202-680-4127.

• Wilbur Awards
For over 70 years, the Religion Communicators Council has recognized the work of individuals, production companies, and agencies as they communicate about religious issues, values, and themes with professionalism, fairness, respect, and honesty. Any person or agency may submit entries for the 2021 Wilbur Awards. Entries are eligible if released or distributed through a non-religious medium of general circulation during the 2020 calendar year. The work must be focused on religious issues, positive values, and uplifting themes. Entry is open now. Any questions can be referred to Ryan John Koch. Deadline: February 8, 2021.

• DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards
The Nashville Chapter of RCC is providing coordination of the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards, presented annually to active RCC members who demonstrate excellence in religion communications and public relations. Follow this link to access Categories and Classes and enter online. Any questions can be referred to Brian FeslerDeadline: January 19, 2021.

• Annual Convention: "Moving Forward Faithfully"
The Religion Communicators Council (RCC), Associated Church Press (ACP), and Canadian Christian Communicators Association (CCCA) will present their 2021 Annual Meeting/Conventions as a virtual event. Save the dates of April 6-9, 2021. RCC’s DeRose-Hinkhouse and the Wilbur Awards presentations will take place during the event. Watch for further details and schedule.
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