Global religious communicators to focus on technology impact

By staff writers
January 6, 2010

More than 1,000 communications professionals from different faiths, different countries, and different areas of faith communication will gather from 7-10 April 2010 in Chicago, USA.

The theme for the congress at the Marriott Downtown will be “Embracing Change: Communicating Faith in Today’s World”. It will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions, roundtables, performances, exhibitions and skills-building workshops, focusing on the changes in technology, society and the place of religion in society.

Professionals at the top of their fields will share their expertise and make this an enriching experience for the variety of faith communicators who will be attending the Religious Communication Congress 2010 from all over the world.

Best-selling ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ author, Mitch Albom, will speak at the opening banquet. Albom’s new book, ‘Have a Little Faith', made its debut at the top of the 16 October 2009 New York Times nonfiction best-sellers list. The book describes Albom’s journey of faith, influenced by a Jewish rabbi and a Christian pastor.

Other presenters include Diana Eck, founder of Harvard University’s pluralism project; columnist and distinguished authority on American religion, Martin Marty; Ingrid Mattson, first female president of the Islamic Society of North America; Otis Moss III, pastor of Chicago Trinity Church; musician, composer and storyteller Ken Medema, and Barbara Bradley Hagerty, religion correspondent for National Public Radio.

Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), the movement that teaches young leaders to look beyond diversity and build relationships of mutual respect and shared values, will be at the closing banquet.

A pre-congress seminar, “Global Media, Global Religion: Research in Popular Media and the Remaking of Religions” will be led by Stewart Hoover and Nabil Echchaibi, from the Center for Media, Religion and Culture, University of Colorado at Boulder.

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