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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,

Welcome to the first edition of a twice-monthly message from the Pacific Coast Chapter and virtual group of the Religion Communicators Council! The RCC National Board of Governors recently set a priority to outreach and engage with members and stakeholders in the Western U.S. region, foster interfaith communications, and support and develop religion communicators. 

Each edition will feature valuable resources and tools to strenghten your communications capacity and best practices. Each edition will highlight compelling content and conversations to encourage discussion of mutual concerns. Each edition will foster the exchange of ideas that build and support the understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of religious faith, faith communities, and diverse faith groups.

We are excited to announce an informative and inspiring webinar for World Interfaith Harmony Week (#WIHW2021 Feb 1-7) in cooperation with the Southern California Committee for the Parliament of World's Religions and the Unity and Diversity World Council. More details and a call-to-common-action in the next edition. 

Governor, Religion Communicators Council
Chairman, Membership Committee

Objective: Promote Religious Literacy

Los Angeles - The Disasters & Religions App equips first responders, disaster response professionals, and voluntary organizations to serve America’s diverse religious communities and build strong partnerships with religious leaders. 

Users—including religious leaders, chaplains, first responders, government workers, disaster and public health emergency professionals and volunteers—can navigate information by religion and see tips by topic areas.

Read the Press Release to learn more about this new free app. 

Objective: Promote Interfaith Cooperation

San Francisco - The United Religions Initiative is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year. The global interfaith network is featured on the PBS series The Visionaries in "The Power of Story" episode. 

Objective: Foster Communications

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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