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RCC 2000 to feature more than 120 workshops and seminars
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13 Dec 1999 12:28:38
December 13, 1999
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RCC 2000 will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown March 29-April 1, 2000
More than 120 Workshops Offer Incredible Opportunities for Religion
Workshops are certain to be one of the highlights of next spring's
Religious Communication Congress (RCC) 2000. Participants who arrive in
Chicago in late March for the international, multi-faith communications
forum, will be able to sharpen their skills in more than 120 workshops and
seminars, led by some of the world's most creative and knowledgeable
The congress theme, "Faith Stories in a Changing World," will focus upon
sharing the faith through spoken, electronic, cyberspace, written and
artistic stories. According to RCC 2000 chair Shirley Whipple Struchen,
"The goal of RCC 2000 is to broaden the perspectives of professional
communicators at every level of expertise. Opportunities for learning and
professional growth will abound at the four-day event."
Workshops in each of the five subject areas will be tailored to meet the
special needs of each congress participant. "Jump Start" sessions have been
planned for beginning communicators, while "Fast Track" workshops will
challenge those with more experience.
"At RCC 2000, participants will become better communicators of their own
faith stories and experience the rich diversity of other religious
traditions," said Dave Pomeroy, chair of the RCC 2000 Workshop Committee.
"Our workshop leaders have an incredible range of both faith perspectives
Here are a just a few of the dozens of experts who will conduct workshops
in each the five congress focus areas:
* Rabbi Bob Alper and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John White are
among the headliners in the category of Artistic Stories. Alper, a stand-up
comedian, will examine "When You Hear Them Laughing, You Know They're
Listening," the value of laughter in communicating religious beliefs.
White, of the Chicago Sun-Times, will demonstrate the Use of Photography by
Photojournalists in communicating stories of faith.
* In the area of Written Stories, Michelle Carter, an award-winning writer
and editor who consults on newspaper design and management, will give a
"how to" workshop, "Contemporary Newspaper Design." Religion writer David
Crumm of the Detroit Free Press will look into the future of how religious
groups can tell their stories in "Telling Stories in the Cave of the New
* One of the Electronic storytellers is Adan Medrano, long-time producer of
religious programming for the Hispanic community, who will discuss Hispanic
Teleministries in a Multi-Ethnic World. Another featured presenter will be
John L. Peterson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; his
"Murdoch, Mickey and Madonna Meet Ministry" explores how our theological
and spiritual practices are connected to the influence of mediated pop
* In the category of Spoken Stories, Anisa Kintz, a teenager active in the
Baha'i faith, will lead "Calling All Kids: Kids Communicating to Kids About
Race." Award-winning author Marjorie Kimbrough will explain how to tell
effective stories about women in the Bible in "Telling Her Story-Biblical
Women Are Worthy."
* Among the Cyberspace storytellers is Richard Stewart, a professor at
Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Stewart will explore
"Building On-line Community: How Many Neighborhoods Do You Live In?" Sue
Hamly (UCC pastor) and Susan Preece (ELCA layperson) in "Touched By a
Modem" will show how Internet stories are fast becoming important to our
Most of the RCC 2000 workshops will be an hour in length, and some will be
conducted in Spanish. A few will be
offered more than once.
A number of three-hour workshops have been planned for Friday, March 30,
including: Religion-Based Stories by Roy Larson of the Chicago Tribune;
Tour of Moody Ministries; Marketing Our Message, The Internet and the
Church, featuring Jim Skillington; Interplay: The Body, Story and Dance of
Communication with Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter; Museums, Religion
and Modern Society; Starting an Interfaith Conversation in Your Own
Backyard; and Women and Media with a panel of international women
RCC 2000 will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown March 29-April 1,
2000. Participants can save $50 by registering by December 31, 1999.
For more information, call (212) 870-2985 or visit the congress website
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