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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,

We are celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week from Feb 1-7 in support of the theme "Faith Action for Sustainable Development and the One Trillion Trees Initiative." Check out your G.I.F.T. (Global Interfaith Forum for Transformation) from the United Religions Initiative! 

The Pacific Coast virtual group will co-host "Seeds of Peace: Growing a New Alliance of Virtue" with superstar speakers from the global interfaith movement on Tuesday, February 2 at 1pm PST. Registration is FREE and open now! We are proud to announce the Parliament of World's Religions as our #WIHW2021 webinar  promotional partner. 

The RCC Nashville chapter is also hosting a #WIHW2021 event on Friday, February 5 at 9am PST titled: "Discourse Over Discord: What Does Interfaith Harmony Sound Like?" Registration is FREE and open now! Details below in our National Update. 

In addition, I am co-producing a special episode of "Peace Sundays" on January 31 at 3pm PST with the Unity and Diversity World Council and One Global Family Foundation & Alliances. Details below.

Have a great week full of peace, love, and harmony!  

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) will convene a free webinar on TUESDAY, FEB 2 at 1pm PST 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). Music by Quincy Coleman. 

Register now to receive the Zoom link and recording. We are partnered with the Parliament of World's Religions for this event. 

Objective: Promote Interfaith Cooperation

World Interfaith Harmony Week is based on UNGA Resolution A/65/PV.34 for a worldwide week of interfaith harmony proposed in 2010 by HM King Abdullah II and HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan. All around the world, organizations and individuals host events during the first week of February to help neighbors of different faiths get to know each other and build a foundation for more peaceful and friendly communities.

World Interfaith Harmony Week encourages grassroots events that link people together in a global wave of understanding, respect, and action. One week in a year, all interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill can show the world their international movement. The thousands of events organized by these groups often go unnoticed not only by the general public, but also by other groups themselves. This week allows for these groups to become aware of each other and strengthen the movement by building ties and avoiding duplicating each others’ efforts.

The Parliament of World's Religions is your partner: Countdown to #WIHW2021
ACTION ITEM: Engagement Survey
ACTION ITEM: Letter of Support
ACTION ITEM: Official City Resolutions
ACTION ITEM: Host a WIHW event with PoWR
ACTION ITEM: Register your WIHW event for prizes
ACTION ITEM: Promote your event with the United Religions Initiative

Objective: Foster Communications


“MAKE EVERY SUNDAY PEACE SUNDAYS is One Global Family’s CALL TO ACTION beginning January 2021 in collaboration with the Unity and Diversity World Council and the United Religions Initiative.  We encourage our global family to hold peace-building events in local areas and/or online, empowering us to collectively create a more peaceful, equitable, and sustainable world with a much brighter future for all.

Join us weekly on Zoom throughout 2021 and beyond (Meeting ID:  873 4098 4974 • Passcode:  peace) as we present our broadcast series called “SACRED ACTIVISM: Peace Sundays RevoLution”. Patrick Horn is a co-producer for the fourth Sunday webcast focusing on environmental stewardship. He is also co-producer for a special episode on Jan 31st for World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Did you m
iss the episode last week 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!

In The News

RCC National Update

•  Nashville Chapter to host #WIHW2021 event: "Discourse Over Discord"

Friday, February 5, 9am PST: All guests are encouraged to submit questions with their FREE registrations.
  • Carol Mansour, Member of the Baha’i Faith
  • Avi Poster, Founding Member of Circle of Friends, a Muslim/Jewish Dialogue
  • Zulfat Suara, first Muslim to be elected to the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County and the first immigrant elected to an at-large Council position
  • Rev. Brian Fesler (Moderator), Pastor of the Church of Scientology of Nashville

•  Membership Benefits
RCC President Jackie Fuller reports RCC is close to 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: 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: “Opening New Portals: Building Community.” 
Save the dates of April 6-9, 2021. 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, including RCC’s DeRose-Hinkhouse and the Wilbur Awards presentations. We will be using the WHOVA platform. Watch for further details and schedule.
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