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The future? Think mobile, mobile, mobile, says digital expert

Jeff Cole Trying to understand the future of global communication? A small hand-held device already takes pride of place, says a noted expert on digital communication. Video included.

Islamic society head describes changing Muslim community engagement

Ingrid Mattson Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Director of Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary told a story of how change involves communication to participants gathered in Chicago for Religion Communication Congress 2010 (April 7-10). Video included.

Use of new communication venues necessary to spread message of hope

Diana Eck "Pluralism begins with difference. Real religious pluralism means our engagement with one another requires building sturdy relationships," said Diana Eck, developer and director of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University, in a Friday keynote address to participants in Religion Communication Congress 2010. Video included.

Rev. Moss to faith communicators: "Remix your message"

Otis Moss III When a pastor known for his work in developing a new generation of prophetic leaders in a faith tradition and for bridging the generation gap stands up and tells you to be ready to "remix" your message, you stop for a few minutes and listen.

When news stories that were posted four hours ago are old, how in the world can you keep up?

Martin Marty Changing Society, Changing Media panel with Martin Marty, Kevin Eckstrom, Barbara Bradley Hagerty, Kenny Irby

Faith and change go hand in hand, Mitch Albom tells faith communicators

Mitch Albom When it comes to faith, Mitch Albom believes in the power to change.

Kenneth Irby to teach photographic storytelling and ethics

Kenneth Irby Explore the power of photo-driven multimedia storytelling, ethical tough calls, editing strategies, and sharpen your ability to handle graphic and traumatic news coverage decisions.

Kathryn Lohre of The Pluralism Project will introduce Tools for Communicating in Multi-Religious America

Kathryn Lohre Kathryn Lohre, Assistant Director of The Pluralism Project, will demonstrate use of the online news database, directory of religious centers, and introductory materials on the world religions from The Pluralism Project, and explore documentary films, case studies, and the use of social networking sites to expand the audience and impact of our work.

Mhike So to lead Bridging the Digital Divide: Social Marketing Applied

Michael So This workshop will discuss and reveal the experience of how a small ITC project in Taiwan began, grew, and has changed the lives of migrant workers.

Sacred Architecture of Chicago: A walking tour of sacred spaces in the Chicago Loop

Deirdre Colgan Deirdre Colgan, Executive Director of Sacred Space International, will lead walking tour of sacred spaces in the Chicago Loop as a special Pre-Congress tour on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 7, 2010 before the Opening Banquet and Program that evening.

Katya Andresen to lead workshop on marketing

Katya Andresen Katya Andresen, Chief Operating Officer at Network for Good, will lead "Finding Your Marketing Sweet Spot: A hedgehog, a sock, and the path to communications enlightenment online" at RCCongress 2010. Learn how to rise above your competition and attain standout status with marketing savvy.

Tips for successful media interviews from Anuttama Dasa

Anuttama Dasa Learn how to stay on message and handle tough issues when you are in the media spotlight.

Carole St. Laurent will lead "Communication for Peace"

Carole St. Laurent Carole St. Laurent, Multimedia / Web Consultant at FluidIT Solutions, will lead a workshop at RCCongress 2010 exploring ways digital communication tools can contribute to peace building by enhancing our ability to empathize with each other more deeply, map conflict areas, or refocus dialogues around facts.

Social Networking and Congregations

Aaron Spiegel Learn to build community online through social networking with Aaron Spiegel at the Religion Communication Congress, April 7-10, 2010.

Beyond Viral Video

Michael Hoffman Why does video matter to your organization? What does viral really mean? Learn from Michael Hoffman at the Religion Communication Congress, April 7-10, 2010.

Religion in the News Media: Going, going, gone?

Debra Mason Debra Mason will discuss the status of religion in the news and why some beat journalists are upbeat about where the media are headed.

Stewart M. Hoover and Nabil Echchaibi will lead "Global Media, Global Religion: Research on Popular Media and the Remaking of Religions"

Stewart M. Hoover and Nabil Echchaibi Stewart M. Hoover and Nabil Echchaibi, Professors in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will lead a seminar at RCCongress 2010 looking at the way the media are changing the religious cultures of Christianity and Islam in the West, in the Middle East, and in the developing world.

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Manya A. Brachear will explore "What Makes a Good Religion Story Today"

Manya A. Brachear Learn tips on how to make religion writers in today's newsrooms drop everything and pay attention to your texts, tweets and telephone calls.

Mary Stamp will lead "Peace and Justice Journalism" workshop

Mary Stamp Mary Stamp believes media can educate people to make a difference by improving their relationships, communities, society, nations and world.

Kevin Eckstrom joins panel on "Changing Society, Changing Media"

Kevin Eckstrom Kevin Eckstrom, Editor, Religion News Service, will serve as a panelist for the "Changing Society, Changing Media" panel discussion moderated by Martin Marty on April 8, 2010 at RCCongress 2010.

David Louder to lead "Virtual or Real: Faith in the Second Life Community"

David Louder Explore ways faith communities are employing Second Life to share and communicate faith in this workshop by David Louder.

Deborah Bruce and Scott Thumma to teach research evaluation

Deborah Bruce and Scott Thumma Using two of the latest studies of congregational life the workshop provides clear criteria for judging national studies and strategies for comparing diverse research reports.

Mitch Albom will speak at RCCongress 2010

Mitch Albom Mitch Albom, author of "Have A Little Faith" and "Tuesdays with Morrie" will speak at the opening banquet of RCCongress 2010 in Chicago.

Dr. James Orbinski and "Triage" featured at RCCongress 2010

James Orbinski The documentary film, "Triage," to be featured at the Religion Communication Congress in Chicago April 8, follows Dr. James Orbinski to Somalia, Rwanda and Congo and captures the haunting choices doctors must make as they race against time with limited resources.

Kevin Slimp to lead photo editing and color correction workshops

Kevin Slimp A whirlwind tour of tools in Adobe Photoshop and a fast-paced session on photo editing and color correction will be offered by Kevin Slimp, Director of the Institute of Newspaper Technology, at the Religion Communication Congress, April 7-10, 2010.

Janaan Hashim to lead workshop on Broadcast Radio

Janaan Hashim "How to Get Started and Offer Quality Programs" will be the focus of the Broadcast Radio workshop led by Janaan Hashim at the Religion Communication Congress, April 7-10, 2010.

Nekeisha Alexis-Baker and Ryan Miller to address "Communicating in Anti-racist Ways"

Nekeisha Alexis-Baker and Ryan Miller Nekeisha Alexis-Baker and Ryan Miller will describe their experience of integrating anti-racist principles and practices in "Shared Voices: Communicating in Anti-racist Ways" at RCCongress 2010.

Fourteen Communicators Awarded the Global Partners Grant

Global Partners The Planning Committee for RCCongress 2010 is pleased to announce the successful applicants for the Global Partners grants.

Kevin Keener to lead workshop on use of copyrighted works to provide a revenue stream or to promote a message

Kevin Keener The structure of copyright law, the permissible use of copyrighted works, and how copyright applies to the religious community will be explored in Kevin Keener's workshop on "Using Works to Further Your Message: How Copyright Law Applies to Communities of Faith" at RCCongress 2010.

Michael Hoffman to lead workshops on "Beyond Viral Video" and "Social Media With a Strategy"

Michael Hoffman In two workshops focusing on strategies for nonprofits, you can learn how video fits in with your organizational goals and how your organization can equip its members to become brand ambassadors online. Join us at the Religion Communication Congress, April 7-10, 2010.

Abdul Malik Mujahid to lead workshop on expanding understading of faith online

Abdul Malik Mujahid Abdul Malik Mujahid, Founding Chairman of Sound Vision Foundation, will lead "Using the Internet as a Tool for Faith Understanding" at the Religion Communication Congress, April 7-10, 2010.

Angela Bengtson to lead workshop on communication ministry in the local congregation

Angela Bengtson Angela Bengtson, Membership and Communications Office Support at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Minnesota, will lead "Top-Notch Congregational Communication" at RCCongress 2010.

Greg Reifel to lead advertising workshop

Greg Reifel Greg Reifel, Managing Partner at Tom, Dick and Harry Advertising, will lead "How Advertising Can Help Activate the Members of a Church" at RCCongress 2010.

Michael D. Watson to lead photography workshop

Michael D. Watson Michael D. Watson, Art Director for "The Lutheran" magazine, will lead "The BYOC (Bring Your Own Camera) Workshop." Be ready for tips, tricks and fun -- and bring your own camera. This will be a hands on workshop.

Interfaith Youth Core featured at closing banquet

Interfaith Youth Core Interfaith Youth Core will share a multi-voice, interfaith, spoken-word performance that illuminates the religious experiences of young people in contemporary America.

Diana Eck to speak on pluralism

Diana Eck Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University, Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University, and Director of The Pluralism Project, will be a plenary speaker on Pluralism at RCCongress 2010.

Jean DiGiovanna will lead "Package Your Message for High Impact"

Jean DiGiovanna Jean DiGiovanna, President of ThinkPeople, will present a 7 step process to package content for high impact. Participants in this RCCongress 2010 workshop will gain tools and a solid foundation to shorten prep time, increase value, and position organizations for high growth.

Barbara Bradley Hagerty joins panel on "Changing Society, Changing Media"

Barbara Bradley Hagerty Barbara Bradley Hagerty, religion correspondent for National Public Radio, will serve as a panelist for the "Changing Society, Changing Media" panel discussion moderated by Martin Marty on April 8, 2010 at RCCongress 2010.

Nick Stuart joins panel on "Cultural Diversity and Communication"

Nick Stuart Nick Stuart, President and CEO of Odyssey Networks, will join the panel made up of people from different cultures and countries to discuss social cohesion, cultural diversity, and the integration of different cultural and religious groups into an increasingly pluralistic society. Religious communicators will be challenged as to how best they can respond.

Joan Brown Campbell, Director of the Department of Religion at the Chautauqua Institution, will participate in RCCongress 2010

Joan Brown Campbell

Aaron Spiegel to lead social networking workshop at RCCongress 2010

Aaron Spiegel Aaron Spiegel, Information Technology Director at Center for Congregations and Campus Rabbi for Butler University, will lead a workshop on "Social Networking and Congregations."

Seven new workshops added to RCCongress 2010 schedule

Basilio G. Monteiro Topics include new media, media advocacy, media justice, changing roles of religion reporters and religion news. Leaders include Heidi Campbell, Debra L. Mason, Rajyashri S. Waghray, Basilio G. Monteiro, Stewart M. Hoover, J. Bennett Guess, and Cheryl Leanza.

International Film and Video Festival at RCCongress 2010

Film and Video Festival Excerpts from 12 select films with a faith and values element will be showcased during the international, interfaith event, and time will be provided for the producers to present and discuss their masterpieces.

Chris Heckert to serve as guitarist at RCCongress 2010

Chris Heckert Chris Heckert, co-editor of "For Everyone Born: Global Songs for an Emerging Church" will join the music team as guitarist for Gathering and Celebrating the Sacred at RCCongress 2010.

Earl Talbot to serve as percussionist at RCCongress 2010

Earl Talbot Earl Talbot, a renowned drummer, composer, producer, and instructor, will join the music team for Gathering and Celebrating the Sacred at RCCongress 2010.

Tim Frakes will lead "Video in a Web 2.0 World"

Tim Frakes Tim Frakes, Owner of Tim Frakes Productions, will lead a workshop at RCCongress 2010 exploring inexpensive ways to harness web video. He examine basic video production and post-production techniques, editing software recommendations, and uploading tips.

Rebecca Randall will lead "Raising Kids in a 24/7 Digital Media World: The Role of Faith Groups"

Rebecca Randall Rebecca Randall, Director of Outreach at Common Sense Media, will lead an interactive, multi-media presentation at RCCongress 2010 including an overview of what young people are really doing with media as well as the challenges and opportunities kids' media use pose for parents and faith communities.

Ken Medema and Jorge Lockward to provide music

Ken Medema and Jorge Lockward Musicians Ken Medema and Jorge Lockward will bring their unique musical talents to Religion Communication Congress 2010, the world's largest interfaith gathering of faith communications professionals, scheduled for April 7-10, 2010 in Chicago.