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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 Friends and Colleagues,

Here are highlights from World Interfaith Harmony Week. I was honored to represent RCC to promote and support an understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of religious faith, faith communities, and diverse faith groups in events worldwide.  

Also, registration is now open for the national RCC national convention "Opening New Portals: Building Community" on April 6 - 9. ALL ARE WELCOME! Featured content includes:
• 10 Useful Tools and Tactics for Strengthening Your Communications Work
• Diversity: How to Write and Produce Segments About Different Religions
• Including Underrepresented Voices in the Media
More info is in our National Update below. Watch for further announcements!

Governor, Religion Communicators Council
Chair, Membership Committee

Objective: Promote Religious Literacy


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) convened a free webinar titled "Seeds of Peace: Growing a New Alliance of Virtue" featuring Ms. Audrey Kitagawa (President, International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation), Dr. Azza Karam (Secretary General, Religions for Peace International), and Rev. Susan Hayward (U.S. Institute of Peace) in dialogue with Dr. Richard Rose (University of Laverne Director of the Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies) and Eric Kowalcyzk (Strategia Consulting). The Parliament of World's Religions was our #WIHW2021 promotional partner. 

Watch the webinar recording, and enjoy a replay of the music video and original song "We Can Do This Now" produced especially for this event. 

Objective: Promote Interfaith Cooperation

• The Religions for Peace International Standing Commission on Sustainable Environment met to strategically guide their work: 1) Halting deforestation w/@faiths4forests; 2) Incorporating the wisdom of indigenous peoples in all work; 3) Partnerships w/ FaithInvest, Yale Forum on Religion & Ecology, & #Faith4Earth.

• The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative announced the Pact for the Amazon and Healthy Forests Declaration and Implementation Plan during a webcast with the President of Peru and a website launch

Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi, Executive Director of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, virtually attended the International Religious Freedom & Rights of Minorities Conference, hosted in Pakistan. He spoke on the importance utilizing the Marrakesh Declaration (the origin for the Charter for a New Alliance of Virtue) as a framework to protect religious minorities. He also spoke during a U.S. National Council of Churches discussion,Birth of a New Nation: Interfaith Dialogue as Model for Building Unity.” 

Father James Channan (pictured above at the International Religious Freedom & Rights of Minorities Conference in Pakistan): "A dramatic change in our society as Muslim and Christian religious leaders are celebrating Valentine’s Day and giving red roses to each other as a sign of love and respect for each other."


Pakistan to host World Environment Day (June 5, 2021); launch Decade for Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030)

* UN Environment: "How Faith-Based Organizations are Restoring Nature"

Objective: Foster Communications

Join us on February 28 at 3pm PST to conclude the World Interfaith Harmony campaign with a conversation about environmental stewardship and denuclearization. Panelists include Monica Willard, the United Religions Initiative representative to the United Nations, and Rabbi Yonatan Neril, the executive director and founder of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. 

“MAKE EVERY SUNDAY PEACE SUNDAYS is One Global Family’s CALL TO ACTION in collaboration with the Unity and Diversity World Council and the United Religions Initiative.  
Patrick Horn is a co-producer for the fourth Sunday webcasts focusing on environmental stewardship. 


Did you m
iss the January 24th episode with Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and Dr. Charles McNeill from the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative? You can watch the recording

Patrick was also co-producer of the World Interfaith Harmony Week episode on Jan 31st featuring Father James Channan (regional coordinator for URI-Pakistan) and Environmentalist Deepak (media coordinator for URI-East India) on the theme of "Faith Action for Sustainable Development and the One Trillion Trees Initiative." 

In The News

RCC National Update

•  Membership Benefits
RCC President Jackie Fuller reports RCC is finalizing an agreement with Interfaith Credit Union to offer its services to our members. More details coming soon.

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 was 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 was January 19, 2021.

• Annual Convention: All Virtual - April 6 - 9, 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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