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2010 in Chicago, IL

RCCongress 2010 logoEmbracing Change: Communicating Faith in Today’s World

Following in the footsteps of the 2000 Congress, planners for the 2010 Congress are committed to diversity and inclusion. Speakers and performers will represent a broad spectrum of faith traditions and theological perspectives.

2000 in Chicago, IL

Faith Stories in a Changing World

Panel Discussion at 2000 Congress

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Panel Discussion at 2000 Congress

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In 2000, the Congress returned to Chicago, and 1,300 people brought their energy and enthusiasm to starting a new century of religion communication.

Participants represented more than 65 organizations from across North America and around the world. Over 80 cooperating organizations partnered in the success of the event with many holding concurrent meetings with the Congress.

Bob Alper

Photo by Nevin Dulabaum / BBT

Bob Alper, Jewish rabbi and stand-up comic, performs at Congress 2000.

The theme was Faith Stories in a Changing World with a flower symbol representing growth and life, key elements of every faith group. The five petals represented five major areas of work for religion communicators: artistic, cyberspace, electronic, spoken, and written.

1990 in Nashville, TN

Award at 1990 Congress

Congress 1990

Communication Power

Throughout the 1980s, a core group of planners met to continue the networking values of the 1970 and 1980 congresses

This led to the 1990 Congress, again in Nashville, where 1,100 people gathered representing 66 communication organizations, many of which held meetings in conjunction with the Congress.

Panel Discussion at 1990 Congress

Panel Discussion at 1990 Congress

The theme was Communication Power to help participants understand The Power of Media to Shape Values, The Power of Technology to Impact State Destinies, The Power of Commitment to Effect Change, and The Power of Entertainment Media to Influence Culture.

1980 in Nashville, TN

The 1980 Congress, held in Nashville, drew more than 1,000 national and international participants from a dozen countries.

1970 in Chicago, IL

The first Congress was held in 1970 in Chicago. More than 400 people attended and caught the idea to plan for next decade.