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RCCongress 2010 highlights

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    Participants visit between workshops.
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    Shirley Struchen, RCCongress 2010 Coordinator; and Jeanean Merkel, Program Committee Chair, at closing banquet.

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    Bob Abernethy, longtime host of PBS' Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, received a special Lifetime Achievement Wilbur Award for contributions to public discussion of faith topics.
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    Mitch Albom, keynote speaker at the opening banquet at RCCongress 2010, shares stories of Rabbi Albert Lewis and Pastor Henry Covington from Have a Little Faith.

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    Members of the RCCongress 2010 planning team: Jeanean Merkel, Deb Christian, Ellen Price, and Becky Ullom.

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    RCCongress 2010 participants: Marcel Gabioud, Nick Stuart, and Janaan Hashim.
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    The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, human rights activist and former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ, addresses participants.
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    RCCongress 2010 participants visit during a refreshment break.

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    Participants work in small groups during a workshop.
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    RCCongress 2010 participants enjoy a print publication.
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    RCCongress 2010 participants visit after a workshop.

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    Matomklawe Kpalla, a journalist from Togo, Africa, was one of 14 communicators awarded the Global Partners Grant to participate in RCCongress 2010.
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    Dr. Martin Marty, a prominent interpreter of religion and culture, author of over 50 books, speaker, columnist, pastor, and professor of religious history for 35 years at the University of Chicago, speaking to participants.
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    Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, Director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program at Hartford Seminary, and ISNA President, was a plenary speaker on Faith Movements.
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    Larry Hygh welcomed everyone to RCCongress 2010 and led the group in a call and response. He said "RCCongress 2010" and participants responded "embracing change!"
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    Anuttama Dasa, Director of Communications of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and member of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission, leading a media training workshop.
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    Bob Alper, Susan Sparks, and Azhar Usman, a multi-faith comedy team, entertain RCCongress 2010 participants at the opening banquet.

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    Randy Naylor moderates “Tao Meets Tech: Emerging Global Trends in Religious Communication.”

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    Participants get acquainted at displays in the Resource Plaza.
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    The RCCongress 2010 musicians included Chris Heckert, Jorge Lockward, and Ken Medema.
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    RCCongress 2010 plenary session.
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    Jeffrey Cole, Director of the Center for the Digital Future, USC Annenberg School for Communication, addressing a plenary session on “Surveying the Digital Future.”

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    Diana L. Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies and Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University and Director of The Pluralism Project, speaking at a plenary session.

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    Kevin Ekstrom, Barbara Bradley Hagerty, Kenneth Irby, and Martin Marty participated in a Media Panel on How Social Change is Changing Media Coverage of Religion.

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