Communicating essential truth and values has never been more difficult. The polarized religious and political environment in which many of us find ourselves has not only made effective communications difficult, but has led to the creation of “alternative facts,” “fake news” and an increasing intolerance as pundits pontificate from entrenched positions.
The role of religious communication is more important than ever as we try to communicate good news while turning a critical eye to injustice, oppression and systems that perpetuate inequality, racism and division.
Responding to this atmosphere, the Associated Church Press convention planning team has selected “Tools to Engage Tough Topics” as its 2018 theme.
Engaging speakers and workshop leaders will inspire you to more effectively craft and distribute your message, sharing the skills and knowledge needed to have your voice heard in today’s nonstop information stream. As always, the convention provides and atmosphere where members will cultivate faithful conversations, expand professional connections, and discover new management strategies and revenue streams.
We’re excited to announce the Rev. Jill Duffield, publisher of the Presbyterian Outlook, as our opening worship preacher. Not only will Jill share her experience as a pastor and publisher, but also as a resident of Charlottesville, Virginia who was participating in protests August 12, 2017 when Heather Heyer was run down and murdered by a white supremacist.
We’ll return to the incredible facilities at Fourth Presbyterian Church as our convention host. Located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile — as close as you can get to the Windy City’s shopping, entertainment and the lakeshore district — the church is a beautiful landmark and a vibrant member of Chicago’s downtown community.
Our conference hotel will again be the Millennium Knickerbocker where we’ve negotiated an even better rate than last year – $139 / night + taxes! Call the hotel reservation line (800-621-8140) and use the code “Associated Church Press” to lock in this rate. The promotional rate expires March 18, 2018.
Online convention registration is now open at the “early bird special” rate of $325 per person good until March 1, 2018.