March 19, 2010

Religion Communication Congress 2010

Once a decade for the past forty years, the Religion Communication Congress has gathered grassroots communicators and decision makers for an international interfaith conference focused on communication techniques and technologies. From April 7th-10th 2010, an estimated 1,200 communication professionals from around the world with gather at the Resource Plaza in Chicago to learn about new technologies, network, and enhance their communication skills. Committed to diversity and inclusiveness, the 2010 RC Congress includes over 50 workshops, roundtable discussions, speakers, and performances from a wide range of communication disciplines, faith traditions, and theological perspectives. Planned by a North American committee in cooperation with over 95 organizations, the 2010 RC Congress is the leading interfaith communication conference in the world.

Award-winning author Mitch Albom (Have A Little Faith, Tuesdays with Morrie) will help kick-off the 2010 RC Congress on April 7 2010, with a much-anticipated speech. Albom’s latest book, Have A Little Faith, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times nonfiction best-sellers list. The book talks about Albom’s personal faith journey, influenced by a rabbi and a pastor. Other speakers include Katya Andersen (Chief Operating Officer, Network for Good), Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid (Founder, Sound Vision Foundation), and Nick Stuart (President/CEO, Odyssey Networks).

2010 RC Congress workshops include: Bridging the Digital Divide: Social Marketing Applied”, “Virtual or Real: Faith in the Second Life Community”, “How to Evaluate, Research about Congregations and Worshipers”, “Using the Internet as a Tool for Faith Understanding”, “Changing Society, Changing Media”, “Tools for Communicating in Multi-Religious America”, “Social Networking and Congregations”, “When Religion Meets New Media”, “Religion in the News Media: Going, going gone?”, “Communication for Peace: How Digital Technologies can Enhance Empathy and Dialogue”, “Cultural Diversity and Communication — A Panel Presentation”, “Helping Kids Mind the Media in Faith Communities”.

 Another feature of the 2010 RC Congress is the International Film and Video Festival. The producers will present excerpts from twelve pre-selected films, all with a faith and values element, with time allotted for discussion.

Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma will be the feature film of the 2010 RC Congress. Sponsored by the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), Triage is inspired by Dr. Orbinski’s 2008 book An Imperfect Offering, for which he won the Writer’s Trust of Canada’s Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. The film follows Dr. Orbinski to Somalia, Rwanda, and Congo and captures the haunting choices doctors face as they race against time with limited resources.

At the 2010 RC Congress, the recipients of the 2010 DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards, and Wilbur Awards will also be announced. The Religion Communicators Council, an interfaith association of religious communicators at work in print, electronic media, public relations, and advertising with 13 local chapters, gives both awards. The DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards are given annually to active members of the RCC for excellence in religious communication and public relations. The Wilbur Awards are given in recognition of individuals in secular media who communicate religious issues, values, and themes with professionalism, fairness, and honesty.


Written by Delaine on December 8th, 2009

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