April 12, 2005
By Kathy Noble*
Tenn. (UMNS)—United Methodists received nine awards and provided
leadership throughout the 76th annual convention of the Religion
Methodist honorees included Frank DeGregorie and Hal Sadler of the
United Methodist Board of Global Ministries for a poster and DeGregorie
and Melanie Reim for a publication cover illustration. Cynthia Astle of
United Methodist Reporter Communications was honored in the national
Awards of Merit were Patti Simmons of the Texas Methodist Foundation;
DeGregorie, Marcy Kass, Ruth Daugherty, Charles Cole and Barbara
Williams of the Board of Global Ministries; and Kimberly Pace and
Carolyn Dandridge of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship.
communicators from many different faith communities received 102
DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial awards during the festive celebration on the
opening night of the April 7-9 meeting in Nashville.
The Rev. Tex Sample, a writer and consultant, spoke about the cultural impact of music.
urged the 120 religion communicators to consider “new musics” and ask,
“How do we take in God’s story and have these musics serve it?” Sample
noted that changes in rhythm and beat during the past 50 years have
created “young people (who) are constructed so differently they are
turned off by music that comes out of the 18th, 19th and early 20th
The Rev. Tex Sample
Jeanean Merkel, a
principal in Illumicom in Washington, was installed for one term as
council president. Cindy Feldman, communications manager in the Iowa
Annual (regional) Conference of the United Methodist Church, was elected
to the organization’s Board of Governors for the first time. United
Methodists continuing as governors are Doug Cannon, Southwest Texas
Conference; Larry Hygh Jr., California-Pacific Conference; Laura
Flippen, United Methodist Endorsing Agency; and Deb Christian, UMR
Communications. United Methodists on the executive committee are the
Rev. Dan Gangler, Indiana Area, treasurer, and the Rev. Mike Hickcox,
New England Conference, past president. Shirley Struchen, also a United
Methodist, is the organization’s executive director.
Nashville chapter of Religion Communicators Council hosted the meeting.
Kimberly Pace, executive officer for communications and marketing at
the Board of Discipleship, is president.
is an international interfaith association of religion communicators
working in print, electronic communication, marketing and public
relations. The 600-member organization is based in New York.
*Noble is editor of Interpreter magazine.
News media contact: Tim Tanton, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or email@example.com.