|United Methodist communicators get RCC honors|
The DeRose-Hinkhouse Best of Class trophy. UMNS photos by George Conklin.
By Mike Hickcox*
May 3, 2007 | Louisville, Ky (UMNS)
Four staff members of United Methodist Communications and one person
from the Baltimore-Washington regional United Methodist office have been
honored by the Religion Communicators Council for work of excellence in
They were among several dozen honorees from many faith groups receiving DeRose-Hinkhouse awards in an April 26 ceremony.
United Methodist communicators honored were:
- Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications, for a photographic color series on the church's global health initiative;
- Linda Green, United Methodist Communications, for writing "Roots Run Deep for Gulfside";
- Hilly Hicks, United Methodist Communications, with three awards for
the non-broadcast videos "The Interview," "Power in the Pews" and "Faith
- Fran Coode Walsh, United Methodist Communications, for the television segment "Guarding Military Funerals";
- Kate Thomas, Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church, for the publication cover Vision–Discipler Groups curriculum.
Meeting in downtown Louisville, the convention was attended by more
than 125 religion communicators from Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish,
Muslim, Baha'i, Hari Krishna and other faith groups.
Each year, members gather to attend workshops, honor excellence in communication work and hear from keynote speakers.
This year's speakers included Riffat Hassan of the University of
Louisville, who has worked in interfaith dialogue among Christians, Jews
and Muslims and also promotes women's rights in the Muslim world. The
other keynote address focused on the creative muse - how creativity
helps to tell important stories -- in a presentation by poet Patrice
Vecchione, author Diane Aprile and songwriter Carrie Newcomer.
On April 28, the organization held its annual Wilbur Award ceremony,
honoring secular communication outlets for excellence in presenting
religion themes in their publications or products. Among the winners
- Associated Producers for the TV film "The Exodus Decoded";
- "The Diane Rehm Show" for a three-part radio series "Koran";
- HarperCollins Publishers for the book Water from the Well;
- Lancaster New Era, a newspaper in Pennsylvania, for the series "Lost Angels, the Amish School Shootings";
- Newsweek magazine for the article "Billy Graham in Twilight";
- Warner Brothers for an episode of the NBC television drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"
The Religion Communicators Council was organized in 1929 to provide a
common meeting ground for people working in communications and public
relations for religion organizations. It has grown to include more than
600 members and chapters that meet in 15 cities across the United
Shirley Struchen, executive director of the
Religion Communicators Council, addresses the April 26-28 convention in
The council also publishes a handbook for local parish communication work. The seventh-edition of the handbook is called Speaking Faith: The Essential Handbook for Religion Communicators.
Several United Methodist communicators serve on the national board of
the Religion Communicators Council including: Doug Cannon, Southwest
Texas Conference; Deb Christian, UMR Communications; Cindy Feldman, Iowa
Conference; Larry Hygh, Jr., California-Pacific Conference; Shirley
Struchen, formerly of United Methodist Communications; and Amelia
Tucker-Shaw, United Methodist Communications.
*Hickcox is manager of audio/radio ministry initiatives at United
Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tenn. He is former national
president of the RCC.
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