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Wednesday, September 18
 

7:00pm

Late Night Networking: RNA Social Hour
Round up your friends and meet at The International Bar just off the lobby steps for casual networking and socializing. This is a BOYB event (that's "buy your own beer"), but it's a great way to meet new faces before opening day and to reconnect with old friends.


Wednesday September 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The International Bar // Westgate
 
Thursday, September 19
 

8:30am

Hospitality Room 8:30 am–6 pm
Our hospitality room is a quiet space available for all conference attendees to work, to connect, to observe religious practices or to recharge. The space is on the second floor in the convention area.

Thursday September 19, 2019 8:30am - 6:00pm
Executive Boardroom // Convention Area 2nd Floor

8:30am

Registration 8:30 am–6:30 pm
To find RNA's registration desk, go through the casino and enter the convention area. Take a right at the first hallway, then a left between the Ballrooms and Pavilion rooms. Our registration desk is outside Ballrooms B&C.


Thursday September 19, 2019 8:30am - 6:30pm
Ballroom Hallway // Westgate Covention Area

9:30am

Continental breakfast begins, sponsored by American Jewish Committee
Continental breakfast will be available 9:30-11 a.m. Programming begins at 9:45 with announcements.

Sponsored by American Jewish Committee

>> Get your coffee here


Thursday September 19, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
Ballroom A

9:45am

Welcome & Announcements
Welcome to the 70th RNA Annual Conference!

Speakers
avatar for Peter Smith

Peter Smith

Religion editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
@PG_PeterSmith  //  Peter Smith is religion writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and previously covered religion as a staff writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal and a freelancer for Religion News Service. He is the current president of RNA.


Thursday September 19, 2019 9:45am - 10:00am
Ballroom A

10:00am

Sponsored panel & continental breakfast from the American Jewish Committee: Anti-Semitism in Politics, Pews and Overseas
From tropes and dog whistles to violence in our nation’s synagogues and abroad, what is new about the oldest hatred? Experts talk about how to recognize antisemitism in religious, political and communal settings. They will discuss efforts to fight the latest scourge and what the U.S. and other countries can learn from Europe.

Sponsored by American Jewish Committee.


Moderators
avatar for Manya Brachear Pashman

Manya Brachear Pashman

Freelance / American Jewish Committee

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Andrew Baker

Rabbi Andrew Baker

Director of International Jewish Affairs, AJC
As AJC’s Director of International Jewish Affairs, Rabbi Andrew Baker is responsible for maintaining relationships with Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora and addressing their concerns. He has been a prominent figure in international efforts to combat anti-Semitism and in... Read More →
avatar for Rabbi Noam Marans

Rabbi Noam Marans

Director, Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, AJC
Rabbi Noam Marans is AJC's Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, heading the agency’s national interfaith outreach and advocacy. A recognized leader in Catholic-Jewish dialogue, he played a central role in the fiftieth anniversary of the transformational Nostra Aetate... Read More →
avatar for Julie Rayman

Julie Rayman

Director of Political Outreach, American Jewish Committee
Since January 2012, Julie Rayman, Director of Political Outreach, has served as the lead legislative advocate for AJC’s policy priorities. On behalf of AJC, she supported the launch of congressional caucuses including the Bipartisan Taskforce for Anti-Semitism, the Congressional... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Ballroom A

11:05am

PANEL: Welcoming the Stranger: How Sacred Texts Inform Emerging Immigration Views
What do the Bible and other religious texts say about the notion of hospitality or “welcoming strangers?” This panel takes a look at how sacred texts in various faith traditions have played a role in the immigration debate, and how different sides have used or weaponized religious texts and teachings to support their opinions on immigration, particularly when it comes to how refugees and asylum-seekers are treated.

Moderators
avatar for Dave Schechter

Dave Schechter

Freelance Journalist
@daveschechter  //  Dave Schechter is a freelance writer, mostly on various aspects of Jewish life (with the occasional piece on soccer). He previously worked 28-plus years at CNN, beginning with two years as the network's Jerusalem bureau producer and then in various capacities... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nahla Kayali

Nahla Kayali

Founder & Executive Director, Access California Services
nkayali@accesscal.org  //  (714) 917-0440  //  A recipient of the “Champion of Change” award from the White House in 2014, Nahla Kayali is described as an advocate and a leader who inspires, elevates, and empowers underserved individuals and families to ensure they have access... Read More →
avatar for Mark Tooley

Mark Tooley

President, Institute on Religion and Democracy
mtooley@theird.org  //  202-682-4131  //  Mark Tooley is IRD’s president and editor of IRD’s foreign policy and national security journal, "Providence." Prior to joining the IRD in 1994, Mark worked eight years for the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a graduate of Georgetown... Read More →
avatar for Mark Hetfield

Mark Hetfield

President and CEO, HIAS
mark.hetfield@hias.org // 301-844-7267  //  Mark Hetfield is the president and chief executive officer of HIAS, the world's oldest organization dedicated to refugees, founded in 1881 as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. A global agency guided by Jewish values assisting refugees... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 11:05am - 12:05pm
Ballroom A

12:00pm

Exhibits open 12-6:30
Participate in our Exhibitor Quest for a chance to win prizes!
Collect raffle tickets by visiting exhibitor booths. Earn one ticket per booth for chances to win AirPods or other prizes! Write your name and phone number on the tickets and drop them off at the RNA registration desk collection bowl. Winners will be drawn at the Saturday banquet; Need not be present to win.

Prizes generously donated by RNA members Kate Shellnutt, Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

Thursday September 19, 2019 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Ballroom B

12:05pm

Networking with exhibitors
Participate in our Exhibitor Quest for a chance to win prizes!
Collect raffle tickets by visiting exhibitor booths. Earn one ticket per booth for chances to win AirPods or other prizes! Write your name and phone number on the tickets and drop them off at the RNA registration desk collection bowl. Winners will be drawn at the Saturday banquet; Need not be present to win.

Prizes generously donated by RNA members Kate Shellnutt, Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

Thursday September 19, 2019 12:05pm - 12:45pm
Ballroom B

12:45pm

Lunch
Thursday September 19, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Ballroom B

1:45pm

Networking with exhibitors
Participate in our Exhibitor Quest for a chance to win prizes!
Collect raffle tickets by visiting exhibitor booths. Earn one ticket per booth for chances to win AirPods or other prizes! Write your name and phone number on the tickets and drop them off at the RNA registration desk collection bowl. Winners will be drawn at the Saturday banquet; Need not be present to win.

Prizes generously donated by RNA members Kate Shellnutt, Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

Thursday September 19, 2019 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom B

2:00pm

PANEL: Religion, Socialism & Economic Justice
Christianity and capitalism are deeply intertwined in the United States, but there's far more than just the prosperity gospel when it comes to religion in politics and economics, and not all socialists are atheists. This panel will explore the history of religion on the left, particularly in the context of socialism and movements for economic justice. Panelists will also cover contemporary labor and economic justice movements, highlighting stories that the press has overlooked and areas where media coverage can be strengthened.

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Russell-Kraft

Stephanie Russell-Kraft

Freelance Journalist
@srussellkraft  //  Stephanie Russell-Kraft is a Brooklyn-based writer and reporter covering the intersections of religion, law, gender, labor & workplace issues. She has written for The New Republic, The Nation, The Progressive, In These Times, Bloomberg, Columbia Journalism Review... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rev. Andrew Wilkes

Rev. Andrew Wilkes

Double Love Experience Church
678-595-7447  //  pastorandrew.doublelove@gmail.com  //  @AndrewJWilkes  //  The Rev. Andrew Wilkes is the principal of Wilkes Advocacy Group, the co-lead pastor of the new church start, The Double Love Experience in Brooklyn, NY, and the former associate pastor of Social Justice... Read More →
avatar for Betty Hung

Betty Hung

Staff Director, UCLA Labor Center
Betty Hung is the Co-Chair of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) and the Staff Director of the UCLA Labor Center. For over 20 years, Betty has worked on campaigns and initiatives in the areas of workers rights, racial justice, immigrant rights, education equity, and... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

Director, Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice
@liztheo  //  The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church, the director of the Kairos Center for Rights, Religions, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary and the co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom A

3:05pm

PANEL: Saving Souls in Sin City: The Secret Life of Ministry in the Party City
“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” is the catchphrase description of a city that is home to a variety of lifestyles unlike most other places in the United States. It’s not just the notorious ones, such as the gambling tourists. There are also large immigrant populations, who flock to the city for cheap living and good-paying jobs, for example. This panel will explore the ways that religious communities minister to the city’s diverse population, either within their houses of worship, or on the Strip itself.

Moderators
avatar for Adelle Banks

Adelle Banks

Production Editor / National Reporter, Religion News Service
@AMBankstw  //  Adelle M. Banks joined the staff of Religion News Service in 1995 and is its production editor and national reporter. She previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for J B Myers

J B Myers

Elder and minister, Bright Angel Church of Christ
J B Myers has preached for the Church of Christ for more than 40 years and has been the preacher for the Bright Angel Church of Christ in Las Vegas, Nev., since 1999. Myers holds a Master of Science degree in community counseling and the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Addiction... Read More →
avatar for Imam Fateen Seifullah

Imam Fateen Seifullah

Masjid As Sabur
Fateen Seifullah has been the imam at Masjid As-Sabur since 1999.
avatar for Rabbi Sanford Akselrad

Rabbi Sanford Akselrad

Congregation Ner Tamid
702-733-6292 //  rabbak@lvnertamid.org  //  Sanford Akselrad has served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Ner Tamid since he came to Las Vegas in 1988. During this time, the Synagogue grew from approximately 60 to over 600 families, becoming the largest Reform Synagogue... Read More →
avatar for Annie Lobert

Annie Lobert

President, Hookers for Jesus
@annielobert  //  annie@hookersforjesus.net  //  702-883-5155  //  Annie Lobert is a wife, speaker, author, entrepreneur, thought leader, advocate for the abused, non-profit founder and CEO, and a survivor of more than a decade of sex trafficking in Hawaii, Minneapolis, and... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Ballroom A

4:05pm

4:15pm

Sponsored panel from Freedom From Religion Foundation: Christian Nationalism in the Age of Trump
This panel will focus on Christian Nationalism's recent upsurge, including the Trump administration's role in potentially aiding and abetting the movement.

Moderators
avatar for Amit Pal

Amit Pal

Director of Communications, Freedom From Religion Foundation

Speakers
avatar for Andrew L. Seidel

Andrew L. Seidel

Director of Strategic Response, Freedom From Religion Foundation
andrew@ffrf.org  //  @AndrewLSeidel  //  Andrew L. Seidel is an attorney and author. He is the director of strategic response at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which works to keep state and church separate. Andrew's writing has appeared in Slate, ThinkProgress, Religion... Read More →
avatar for Jack Jenkins

Jack Jenkins

National Reporter, Religion News Service
@jackmjenkins //  Jack Jenkins was most recently the Senior Religion Reporter at Washington-based ThinkProgress. Jenkins was an RNS reporting intern in 2011 and later blogged for RNS.His work has appeared or been referenced in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Stewart

Katherine Stewart

Freelance, Freelance
@kathsstewart  //  Katherine Stewart is the author of the forthcoming book "The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism (Bloomsbury, 2020)." Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, American Prospect, the Atlantic, and Religion... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Ballroom A

5:15pm

Welcome Reception, sponsored by "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"
Welcome to the 70th RNA Annual Conference! Please use this time to greet friends and colleagues, and to network with exhibitors and sponsors. Enjoy a spread of appetizers and small plates, and grab a drink from our cash bar. Don't forget that visiting exhibitor booths earns you tickets in our Exhibitor Quest raffle for AirPods and other prizes. Write your name and phone number on the tickets and drop them off at the RNA registration desk collection bowl. Winners will be drawn at the Saturday banquet; Need not be present to win.

From the event sponsor: Two-time Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love, and forgiveness from America's most beloved neighbor.

This event is sponsored by A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Junod

Tom Junod

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Monique@130a.com  //  214-536-4319  //  TOM JUNOD has written some of the most enduring journalism of the past few decades, from his profile of Fred Rogers to his deeply-felt meditation on 9/11, The Falling Man. He worked as a writer for Esquire from 1997 to 2016, and is now... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Ballroom B

6:30pm

Late Night Networking: Exploring the Westgate
Grab some friends and check out what the Westgate has to offer.


Thursday September 19, 2019 6:30pm - 10:00pm
On your own // Westgate
 
Friday, September 20
 

8:00am

Breakfast: Exhibitor presentations followed by Opinion Journalism Panel
Don't miss this breakfast, where we'll introduce our networking exhibitors, followed by the panel, "Opinion Journalism on the God Beat."

>> Get your coffee here!

Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Ballroom B

8:00am

Exhibits open 8 am–5:30 pm
Participate in our Exhibitor Quest for a chance to win prizes!
Collect raffle tickets by visiting exhibitor booths. Earn one ticket per booth for chances to win AirPods or other prizes! Write your name and phone number on the tickets and drop them off at the RNA registration desk collection bowl. Winners will be drawn at the Saturday banquet; Need not be present to win.

Prizes generously donated by RNA members Kate Shellnutt, Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

>> Coffee & tea is available in Ballroom B until 2 pm today, compliments of The Fetzer Institute.

Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 5:30pm
Ballroom B

8:00am

Registration 8 am–6:30 pm
To find RNA's registration desk, go through the casino and enter the convention area. Take a right at the first hallway, then a left between the Ballrooms and Pavilion rooms. Our registration desk is outside Ballrooms B&C.


Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 6:30pm
Ballroom Hallway // Westgate Covention Area

8:30am

PANEL: Opinion Journalism On the God Beat
Opinion writing plays an important role in the media and religion ecosystem. From Religion News Service's diverse roster of columnists to religion reporters at major newspapers penning the occasional editorial or news analysis piece, opinion journalism on the God beat takes many forms. This panel will center the experiences of RNA reporters and editors to expose the opportunities, benefits and pitfalls of opinion writing.

Moderators
avatar for Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Freelance
@guthriegf  //  Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons is a freelance religion writer with bylines in the Washington Post, CNN, NBC News, The Daily Beast, Religion News Service, Religion Dispatches, Religion & Politics and other outlets. He was recently named one of the 2019 "Faith Leaders... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cathleen Falsani

Cathleen Falsani

Correspondent, Religion News Service
Cathleen Falsani is an award-winning religion journalist and author of several nonfiction books, including The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People, Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace, and The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers She is co-editor... Read More →
avatar for Jana Riess

Jana Riess

Senior Columnist, Religion News Service
@janariess  //  Since 2008, Jana Riess has been an editor in the publishing industry, primarily working in the areas of religion, history, popular culture, ethics, and biblical studies. From 1999 to 2008, she was the Religion Book Review Editor for Publishers Weekly, and continues... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Lupfer

Jacob Lupfer

Contributing Editor, The Relay Group
An expert on the institutional life of American Christianity, Lupfer is a political strategist and writer based in Baltimore. His consulting work focuses on candidates, PACs, and organizations (including faith groups) whose political positions fall outside the mainstream of the two... Read More →
avatar for Simran Jeet Singh

Simran Jeet Singh

Columnist, Religion News Service
@SikhProf  //  Simran Jeet Singh is a writer, activist, and scholar. He is currently on faculty at Union Seminary and a columnist for Religion News Service. He also serves as Senior Fellow for the Sikh Coalition.Singh is the host of a new interview-based podcast where he explores... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Ballroom B

9:45am

Announcements
Speakers
avatar for Peter Smith

Peter Smith

Religion editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
@PG_PeterSmith  //  Peter Smith is religion writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and previously covered religion as a staff writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal and a freelancer for Religion News Service. He is the current president of RNA.
avatar for Bob  Smietana

Bob Smietana

Editor-in-chief, Religion News Service
Bob Smietana is a veteran religion writer and editor-in-chief of Religion News Service.


Friday September 20, 2019 9:45am - 10:00am
Ballroom A

10:00am

PROGRAM: Millennials & Spirituality — Measuring Millennial Spirituality
American Millennials are decidedly less religious than older generations, with more than one third selecting “No religion” on recent polls. Yet some Millennials have found new ways to embrace forms of spirituality that connect the human spirit in soulful ways outside the walls of houses of worship — in fitness studios, mindful meditation retreats, civic engagement, or theology debates over microbrews. Others are cultivating interfaith experiences during college in and their young professional lives that inform their social and political views of faith communities. This panel seeks to examine how Millennials are living out their religious and spiritual lives, and ways to measure these emerging trends.

This panel with produced in collaboration with The Fetzer Institute.

Moderators
avatar for Emma Green

Emma Green

Staff Writer, The Atlantic
@emmaogreen  //  Emma Green is a staff writer at The Atlantic, writing on religion, especially as it overlaps with politics and culture. A 2012 graduate of Georgetown University where she studied government, Green began a fellowship with The Atlantic after graduating and has been... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Paul Raushenbush

Paul Raushenbush

Senior Advisor, Pubic Affairs and Blended Learning, Interfaith Youth Core
Paul@IFYC.org  //  @Raushenbush  //  Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush is Senior Advisor, Pubic Affairs and Blended Learning for Interfaith Youth Core.  He was founder and Executive Religion Editor at HuffPost and Contributing Editor at Beliefnet where he had a popular online advice... Read More →
avatar for Veronica Selzler

Veronica Selzler

Director, Hattaway Communications
Veronica Selzler is a director at Hattaway Communications, a strategic research and communications firm that helps visionary leaders and organizations use strategy, science, and storytelling to achieve ambitious goals for people and the planet. She partners with foundations to get... Read More →
avatar for Alan Cooperman

Alan Cooperman

Director, Religion Research, Pew Research Center
acooperman@pewresearch.org  //  Alan Cooperman is director of religion research at the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, where he leads a staff of more than 20 researchers who conduct surveys, demographic analyses and other empirical studies of religion’s role in public life and societal change around the world. He... Read More →




Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Ballroom A

11:00am

Hospitality Room 11 am–5:30 pm
Our hospitality room is a quiet space available for all conference attendees to work, to connect, to observe religious practices or to recharge. The space is on the second floor in the convention area.

Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 5:30pm
Executive Boardroom // Convention Area 2nd Floor

11:05am

PROGRAM: Millennials & Spirituality — Four Millennials Who Are Redefining Faith
In 2017, Pew Research reported that 27% of US adults identify as “spiritual but not religious.” Among those are Millennials who question religious teachings and openly challenge religious institutions, their doctrine and views, but still want to self-identify as religious. This panel will feature four millennial voices from different faiths who are taking back ownership of the identifier “religious” as they reshape and redefine spiritual practices.

This program was produced in collaboration with The Fetzer Institute.

Moderators
avatar for Jack Gordon

Jack Gordon

Host, Interfaith-ish (Takoma Radio WOWD 94.3FM)
Jack Gordon is the host of Interfaith-ish, a bi-weekly radio show featuring conversations about the common ground and differences between our beliefs. The show currently airs on WOWD 94.3FM Takoma Radio and is podcasted as well. As a documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Digital... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mahdia Lynn

Mahdia Lynn

Co-founder and Executive Director, Masjid al-Rabia
mahdia@masjidalrabia.org  //  @mahdialynn  //  Mahdia Lynn is the co-founder and executive director of Masjid al-Rabia—a radically inclusive women centered, LGBTQIA+ affirming Islamic community center based in Chicago. As a community organizer she is dedicated to work at the... Read More →
avatar for Pastor Joey Furjanic

Pastor Joey Furjanic

The Block Church
@joeyfurjanic  //  Joey Furjanic is the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Block Church. He and his wife, Lauren, travel frequently speaking at churches and youth events internationally. Joey holds a bachelor's degree in church ministries from Southwestern University. Having started... Read More →
avatar for Kyra Limberakis

Kyra Limberakis

Director, CrossRoad Summer Institute
Kyra.P.Limberakis@gmail.com  //  617-850-1309  //  Kyra Limberakis is the director of an academic summer institute for Orthodox Christian high school students and the assistant director of a college campus ministry office where she runs various ministries, including women’s... Read More →
avatar for Rosemary Card

Rosemary Card

Podcaster / Author / Fashion Designer, Q.NOOR
@rosemarycard  // 801-380-4014ROSEMARY CARD graduated from BYU with a bachelors in Broadcast Journalism in 2013. After working as a film producer for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rosemary launched Q.NOOR, an LDS women’s clothing line, in 2015.As both a retired... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 11:05am - 12:05pm
Ballroom A

12:05pm

Networking break with exhibitors
Participate in our Exhibitor Quest for a chance to win prizes!
Collect raffle tickets by visiting exhibitor booths. Earn one ticket per booth for chances to win AirPods or other prizes! Write your name and phone number on the tickets and drop them off at the RNA registration desk collection bowl. Winners will be drawn at the Saturday banquet; Need not be present to win.

Prizes generously donated by RNA members Kate Shellnutt, Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

Friday September 20, 2019 12:05pm - 12:45pm
Ballroom B

12:45pm

LUNCH & PROGRAM: Millennials & Spirituality — Covering Millennial Spirituality
This working lunch for journalists aims to explore two questions: 1) How are Millennials engaging in new forms of storytelling surrounding faith and spirituality? and 2) What resources and examples for Millennial spirituality coverage can journalists use in their own reporting?

This program was produced in collaboration with The Fetzer Institute.


Speakers
avatar for Emily McFarlan Miller

Emily McFarlan Miller

National Reporter, Religion News Service
@emmillerwrites  //  Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity. Before joining RNS in 2016, she won awards for her work as education reporter at The Courier-News in Elgin, Illinois, and digital... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Henry

Andrew Henry

Fellow, Foundation for Religious Literacy, YouTube Channel Manager, The Atlantic
@andrewmarkhenry  //  Andrew Henry is a PhD candidate in religious studies at Boston University and the YouTube Channel Manager at The Atlantic. He is also the host and founder of Religion for Breakfast, a YouTube channel with over 90,000 subscribers that publishes educational... Read More →




Friday September 20, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Ballroom B

1:45pm

Break
>> Last chance for coffee in Ballroom B, compliments of The Fetzer Institute.

Friday September 20, 2019 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

2:00pm

PANEL: Sanctuaries or Soft Targets? How Houses of Worship Are Grappling with the Threat of Attacks
There was a time when houses of worship were considered safe spaces, sanctuaries that offered refuge and welcomed strangers. But several recent attacks at churches, Sikh temples, mosques and synagogues have left people of faith wondering how safe their sanctuaries are. This panel will explore the conundrum of protecting congregants while maintaining the sanctity of these sacred spaces.

Moderators
avatar for Deepa Bharath

Deepa Bharath

Staff Writer, Southern California News Group
@reporterdeepa  //    Deepa Bharath is a staff writer for the Southern California News Group, covering a wide range of issues including religion, health, demographics, cultures and extremism for the company's newspapers in the region. She has worked as a reporter for several Southern... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Pardeep Singh Kaleka

Pardeep Singh Kaleka

Executive Director, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee
@PardeepKaleka  //  I have had the honor of serving our community for the past 19 years, formerly serving as a Police Officer and an Educator working with “at-risk” high school youth in Milwaukee for 14 years. Currently, I’m the Executive Director of the Interfaith Conference... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Mark Whitlock

Rev. Mark Whitlock

Senior Pastor, Reid Temple AME Church
301-352-0320  //  Rev. Mark Whitlock is senior pastor of the Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, Md. From August 1998 to July 2019, he served as pastor of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, Calif., a church he grew from five members to nearly 4,000. During his time in California... Read More →
avatar for Capt. Sasha Larkin

Capt. Sasha Larkin

Las Vegas Metro Police Dept.
Sasha Larkin is a Captain with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, where she has served for over 20 years. She currently commands Northwest Area Command Station which encompass over 380,000 residents, 100 square miles and more than 180 officers and civilian staff under her... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom A

3:05pm

PANEL: High church? Marijuana, Mushrooms and Drug-Related Religious Activism
Drug policy is changing nationwide, as states legalize medical or recreational marijuana, cities vote on psilocybin use and leaders reconsider penalties for those caught with illegal substances. This panel will address how faith groups are responding to these shifts and what future changes to expect in the next few years.

Moderators
avatar for Kelsey Dallas

Kelsey Dallas

National Religion Reporter, Deseret News
@kelsey_dallas  //  Kelsey Dallas is the national religion reporter for the Deseret News. She also serves as editor of ReligionLink.

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Gillespie

Natalie Gillespie

Editor-in-Chief, God's Greenery
@GoGodsGreenery  //  Natalie Gillespie is editor-in-chief of GodsGreenery.com, the first online community where Christians can access reliable information, research and stories about the uses of CBD. God's Greenery contains original articles centered around church & lifestyle, health... Read More →
avatar for Marty Stephens

Marty Stephens

Director of government & community relations, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Marty is the director of government and community relations for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He interacts with public officials, business leaders and community influencers to help people know who we are, and what we believe as a people of faith, and to defend the... Read More →
avatar for Peter Droege

Peter Droege

Marijuana and Drug Addiction Policy Fellow, Centennial Institute
303-519-9533  //  pjdroege@gmail.com  //  Peter Droege is the Fellow of Addiction Policy at the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, where he focuses on:• Protecting Colorado’s youth and communities from the harms of legalized marijuana and other drugs... Read More →
avatar for Emmett Reistroffer

Emmett Reistroffer

Cannabis Consultant
@LoveProphecies  //  emmett.reistroffer@gmail.com  //  (303) 557-8184  //  Emmett’s professional roots and passion run deep in cannabis activism, stemming from his first call to action at 19 years old when he volunteered to help multiple sclerosis patients testify at the South... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Ballroom A

4:05pm

Networking break with exhibitors
Participate in our Exhibitor Quest for a chance to win prizes!
Collect raffle tickets by visiting exhibitor booths. Earn one ticket per booth for chances to win AirPods or other prizes! Write your name and phone number on the tickets and drop them off at the RNA registration desk collection bowl. Winners will be drawn at the Saturday banquet; Need not be present to win.

Prizes generously donated by RNA members Kate Shellnutt, Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

Friday September 20, 2019 4:05pm - 4:30pm
Ballroom B

4:30pm

Sponsored panel by the Ansari Institute: Extreme Coverage: Reporting on Religion, Peace, and Conflict
New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi, one of the world’s leading reporters on religious extremism, joins religion historian R. Scott Appleby of the University of Notre Dame to consider how faith is represented in the media and how it might be reexamined, especially in connection to peace and conflict.

Sponsored by the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion at Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs.

Speakers
avatar for Rukmini Callimachi

Rukmini Callimachi

Foreign Correspondent, The New York Times
Rukmini Callimachi joined The New York Times in March 2014 as a foreign correspondent, covering Al Qaeda and ISIS. She is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, including in 2014 for her series of stories based on a cache of internal Qaeda documents she discovered in Mali. She is also... Read More →
avatar for Scott Appleby

Scott Appleby

Marilyn Keough Dean, University of Notre Dame
Office of the Dean, 1010Q Jenkins Nanovic Halls, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556  //  Scott Appleby (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1985) is the Marilyn Keough Dean of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs.Appleby, a professor of history at Notre Dame, is a... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Ballroom A

5:30pm

Dinner, sponsored by World Vision: Shifting Our Approach to Poverty
Through a recent worldwide study of 15,000 millennials, Barna and World Vision learned that corruption and global conflict were among their top concern. They are longing to make a difference.
 
It comes at a moment of national cynicism and division, and unprecedented humanitarian need. President Edgar Sandoval will address how we can shift our thinking to better help the hurting, while also building confidence that one person—every person—can make a difference.

Twitter: WorldVisionUSA
Instagram: WorldVisionUSA
Website: www.worldvision.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/worldvision/

This event is sponsored by World Vision.

Speakers
avatar for Edgar Sandoval

Edgar Sandoval

President, World Vision U.S.
@esdgarsandovalsr  //  Edgar Sandoval has an unstoppable passion to see that every child – especially the most vulnerable – can experience Christ’s promise of life in all its fullness. Born in Los Angeles, he grew up in Latin America, where he first witnessed poverty. At age... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Ballroom B

7:00pm

Late Night Networking: Hit the Strip
Blow off some steam and hit the Strip! Sinning in Sin City is not required to have a great time. Here's a short guide to making the most of the sights and sounds on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Best way to get there?
  • Hop on the monorail, available just outside the front entry of the Westgate (1 ride $5 // Day pass $13)
  • Grab an Uber or Lyft ($10+)

Free things to do?
For a full guide to everything Vegas has to offer, visit Vegas.com.


Friday September 20, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
On your own // Las Vegas Strip
 
Saturday, September 21
 

8:00am

Exhibits 8 am–12:30 pm
Participate in our Exhibitor Quest for a chance to win prizes!
Collect raffle tickets by visiting exhibitor booths. Earn one ticket per booth for chances to win AirPods or other prizes! Write your name and phone number on the tickets and drop them off at the RNA registration desk collection bowl. Winners will be drawn at the Saturday banquet; Need not be present to win.

Prizes generously donated by RNA members Kate Shellnutt, Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

Saturday September 21, 2019 8:00am - 12:30pm
Ballroom B

8:00am

Hospitality Room 8 am–4 pm
Our hospitality room is a quiet space available for all conference attendees to work, to connect, to observe religious practices or to recharge. The space is on the second floor in the convention area.

Saturday September 21, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm
Executive Boardroom // Convention Area 2nd Floor

8:00am

Registration 8 am–5 pm
To find RNA's registration desk, go through the casino and enter the convention area. Take a right at the first hallway, then a left between the Ballrooms and Pavilion rooms. Our registration desk is outside Ballrooms B&C.


Saturday September 21, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
Ballroom Hallway // Westgate Covention Area

8:30am

Breakfast, sponsored by the University of Notre Dame: Sexual Harassment and Catholic Seminary Culture: The First Sociological Survey of Current Seminarians
The University of Notre Dame's McGrath Institute for Church Life will release embargoed research: a first-of-its-kind survey of current Catholic seminarians. It was conducted entirely by laity. The results come from 149 seminaries or houses of formation, with a 65% response rate among the approximately 2,375 seminarians contacted. The data reveal the state of seminaries and houses of formation on the specific question of sexual harassment, abuse, and misconduct in the Catholic Church—what seminarians have experienced, what they are thinking on the issue, and how seriously they perceive it is being addressed by their superiors. 

Breakfast is sponsored by the University of Notre Dame.

Speakers
avatar for John Cavadini

John Cavadini

Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
John.C.Cavadini.1@nd.edu  //  John C. Cavadini is a Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, where he served as chair of the Department of Theology from 1997–2010, and led the department to a top 10 ranking in the NRC rankings of doctoral programs. A member of the... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Gaunt, S.J.

Thomas Gaunt, S.J.

Executive Director, CARA
2300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 400-A, Washington, DC 20007  //  Father Thomas Gaunt, S.J. currently serves as the executive director of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, a position he has held since January 2011. He has recently edited or co-authored the following... Read More →



Saturday September 21, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Ballroom B

9:30am

Networking with exhibitors
LAST CHANCE: Participate in our Exhibitor Quest for a chance to win prizes!
Collect raffle tickets by visiting exhibitor booths. Earn one ticket per booth for chances to win AirPods or other prizes! Write your name and phone number on the tickets and drop them off at the RNA registration desk collection bowl. Winners will be drawn at the Saturday banquet; Need not be present to win.

Prizes generously donated by RNA members Kate Shellnutt, Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

Saturday September 21, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
Ballroom B

10:00am

PANEL: The Whistleblowers
“I have another name for what they’re terming whistleblowers, and that’s righteous heroes…And thank goodness for them.” No religion is exempt from assault and scandal, and none is exempt from those willing to step up and speak out against that wrongdoing. This panel will bring together men and women in different faiths who have chosen to risk family, community and profession to call out a misuse and abuse of religious power against them or others. This panel will address how those in power, in many situations, still remain in power even after being exposed. We will discuss why and how these whistleblowers reached their ultimate decision to speak out and ultimately ask themselves the question: “Whose law do I abide by — man or the divine?”

Moderators
avatar for Dina Zingaro

Dina Zingaro

Associate Producer, CBS News
Dina Zingaro, Associate Producer, CBS 60 Minutes, @DinaZingaro, https://www.cbs.com/shows/60_minutes/

Speakers
avatar for Siobhan O'Connor

Siobhan O'Connor

RespectfulCatholic.com
stmk16670@gmail.com  //  716-544-4846  //  @mk16670  //  A cradle Catholic born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., Siobhan O'Connor earned her BA in History and a Masters in Childhood Education. With 10 years experience as an executive assistant, Siobhan began working for Bishop Richard... Read More →
avatar for Lyvonne Proverbs

Lyvonne Proverbs

beautiful scars
hello@lyvonnep.com // 707-731-9486 // @LyvonneP  //  Lyvonne Proverbs, MDiv, a New York City native, is a body and sex-positive pastor, preacher, transformational speaker, spiritual life coach, writer, poet, educator, and conscious creative social entrepreneur. An Emmy-award-winning... Read More →
avatar for Trudy Metzger

Trudy Metzger

Executive Director, Generations Unleashed
@TrudyMetzger  //  Trudy is married to Tim, the love of her life, for 25 years. Together they have five beautiful children, one son-in-law, a darling 6-month old grand baby, and a Border Aussie with more energy than the rest of the family all put together.Trudy holds a Masters in... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Ballroom A

11:05am

BREAKOUT PANEL: Challenging Secularism: Hindu Fundamentalism in India and the Diaspora
Under the right-wing government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has seen a rise in Hindu nationalism and an increased targeting of religious minorities. This panel will examine what is Hindu nationalism, whether and how it is supported through groups in the United States and why nuanced reporting matters.

Moderators
avatar for Deepa Bharath

Deepa Bharath

Staff Writer, Southern California News Group
@reporterdeepa  //    Deepa Bharath is a staff writer for the Southern California News Group, covering a wide range of issues including religion, health, demographics, cultures and extremism for the company's newspapers in the region. She has worked as a reporter for several Southern... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sonia Paul

Sonia Paul

Freelance Journalist
@sonipaul // Sonia Paul is a freelance journalist and audio producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her stories have aired and published on NPR, PRI, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Religion News Service and many other outlets. From 2013 to 2015, she was based in Lucknow... Read More →
avatar for Kalpana Jain

Kalpana Jain

Senior Religion & Ethics Editor, The Conversation US
@kalpanajain // Kalpana is a senior ethics and religion editor at The Conversation US. She is a long-time investigative journalist who reported on India’s ailing public health system and many other social justice issues for The Times of India. Her reports led to the resignation... Read More →
avatar for Amit Pal

Amit Pal

Director of Communications, Freedom From Religion Foundation


Saturday September 21, 2019 11:05am - 12:05pm
Ballroom C

11:05am

BREAKOUT PANEL: Finding the Right Images for the Faith Beat
This panel will feature photographers and videographers discussing how to find the right visuals for your story. They will address the unique challenges of working in sacred spaces and offer tips for reporters who are asked to take their own photos.

Moderators
avatar for Liz Kineke

Liz Kineke

Freelance broadcast journalist
Liz is a broadcast journalist who for the last 14 years has specialized in reporting on religion and spirituality. She has written and produced 45 half-hour shows about religion in America for the CBS Religion & Culture series.  During her tenure she has looked at faith and religion... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Rush

Andrew Rush

Photographer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
@andrewrush  // Andrew Rush is the Senior Staff Photographer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He was part of the team that covered the Tree of Life synagogue shooting and the Pennsylvania grand jury investigation of the Catholic Church. During his 12 years at the newspaper he has... Read More →
avatar for Audrey Galex

Audrey Galex

Content Manager, AIB-TV
@audreygalex  //  Audrey Galex is Content Manager and producer for the AIB Network (Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters.) She is on the board of Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta and Atlanta’s Essential Theatre. Audrey served as a producer/writer for CNN (Atlanta and Jerusalem bureau... Read More →
avatar for David Gladstone

David Gladstone

Producer/Photographer, CBS News
David M. Gladstone has spent the last 25 years traveling the world documenting the stories of our times.  As an independent Director of Photography, his long-format projects include five episodes of PBS Frontline, HBO’s ‘Montana Meth, and in 2008, he produced a short film on... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2019 11:05am - 12:05pm
Ballroom A

12:05pm

Last-chance exhibitor networking
LAST CHANCE: Participate in our Exhibitor Quest for a chance to win prizes!
Collect raffle tickets by visiting exhibitor booths. Earn one ticket per booth for chances to win AirPods or other prizes! Write your name and phone number on the tickets and drop them off at the RNA registration desk collection bowl. Winners will be drawn at the Saturday banquet; Need not be present to win.

Prizes generously donated by RNA members Kate Shellnutt, Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

Saturday September 21, 2019 12:05pm - 12:40pm
Ballroom B

12:40pm

Lunch, sponsored by TBN: The Future of Faith in Media, presented by TBN’s “State of Faith”
From Pope Francis to ISIS to the enduring presence of the religious right, spirituality remains a shaping force in America and a pressing issue for journalists. Yet the rise of fake news and an erosion of trust in many traditional media outlets has left many wondering about how religion reporting and faith-based media can remain strong in this uncertain age. This panel, sponsored by TBN, the world’s largest religious broadcast company and moderated by New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas will survey the current challenges to religion in media while attempting to forecast the future.

Event sponsored by TBN.

Moderators
avatar for Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas

Host, The Eric Metaxas Radio Show

Speakers
avatar for Holly Meyer

Holly Meyer

Religion Reporter, The Tennessean
@HollyAMeyer  //  Holly Meyer covers religion for The Tennessean, which is the daily newspaper in Nashville, Tenn. Her stories regularly appear in USA TODAY and other publications across the USA TODAY NETWORK. During her decade-long career as a professional journalist, Holly also... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Decker

Jonathan Decker

Independent Producer & Communications Consultant, Jonathan Decker
Jonathan is an independent producer and communications consultant who most recently served as the Senior Booking Producer for “Fox and Friends” on the Fox News Network, the most highly rated morning cable program in its time slot. During his tenure at Fox News, Jonathan consistently... Read More →
avatar for Nate Daniels

Nate Daniels

Marketing Director, TBN
Nate Daniels is Marketing Director for TBN, the world’s largest religious television network and the third largest broadcast group in America. Nate draws on more than ten years’ entertainment marketing experience for companies such as Roadside Attractions and Ribbow Media Group... Read More →
avatar for Roxanne Stone

Roxanne Stone

Managing Editor, Religion News Service
Roxanne Stone is the managing editor for Religion News Service. She has worked for more than 15 years in publishing with a focus on the intersection of faith and culture. She formerly served as editor in chief for Barna Group, editorial director for RELEVANT Media Group, as well as... Read More →



Saturday September 21, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Ballroom B

1:40pm

Break
Saturday September 21, 2019 1:40pm - 1:50pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

1:50pm

PANEL: Abortion, Religion & the Courts
Faith groups are front and center across the abortion issue, with some pushing to curtail abortion rights and others urging courts and legislatures to protect women's right to an abortion. As states pass six-week abortion bans, each side says they are morally called to their beliefs. In this panel, we'll sort through some of the myriad religious viewpoints and how they're poised to impact the future of abortion in the United States.

Moderators
avatar for Danae King

Danae King

Religion Reporter, The Columbus Dispatch
@DanaeKing  //  Danae King is the faith and values and immigration reporter at The Columbus Dispatch, where she has been since October 2016. Previously, she worked as a business reporter at The Lima News and as an education reporter at The (Findlay) Courier. A Bowling Green State... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Hara Person

Rabbi Hara Person

Chief Executive, Central Conference of American Rabbis
hperson@ccarnet.org // 212-972-3636  //  Rabbi Hara Person is the chief executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Previously she was the CCAR's chief strategy officer and served as publisher of CCAR Press.Rabbi Person is also the co-author of "Stories of Heaven and... Read More →
avatar for Father Frank Pavone

Father Frank Pavone

National Director, Priests for Life
917-331-3477  //  @frfrankpavone  //  Father FRANK PAVONE was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor, and since 1993 has served as national director of Priests for Life. He is also president of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the national pastoral director of... Read More →
avatar for Elaina Ramsey

Elaina Ramsey

Executive Director, Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
elaina@ohiorcrc.org  //  703-403-3424  //  Elaina Ramsey (she/her) serves as the executive director of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and the editor of Red Letter Christians.With a decade of campaign, advocacy, and communications experience, Elaina loves... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Ballroom A

2:50pm

Break
Saturday September 21, 2019 2:50pm - 3:00pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

3:00pm

BREAKOUT PANEL: Faith in the Age of Social Media: How Religion Journalists Can Best Use Social Media in Reporting
Religion reports may be familiar with Twitter and Facebook to meet new sources and engage discourse on religion. However, Reddit, Instagram and even Tic-Toc are among other platforms that are being used more often by religious people. Along with detailing these lesser-known forums, this panel will discuss social media etiquette and how reporters should engage with online religious communities.

Moderators
avatar for Liam Adams

Liam Adams

Freelance journalist
@liamsadams  //  lajournalism@outlook.com  //  860-942-2988  //  As an early career journalist, Liam works full-time at a hyper-local paper north of Denver, CO covering politics, business, education and religion. His biggest passion in journalism is religion, which he's covered... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sophia Smith Galer

Sophia Smith Galer

Visual Journalist, BBC World Service
@sophiasgaler  //  Sophia Smith Galer is the BBC World Service’s first Visual Journalist dedicated to religion. She covers the complexities of contemporary faith around the world, self-shooting and editing video for online and single-handedly running the World Service’s Instagram... Read More →
avatar for Chrissy Stroop

Chrissy Stroop

Co-founder, Writer/Author
@C_Stroop  //  Chrissy Stroop is a journalist, commentator and ex-evangelical advocate with a Ph.D. in modern Russian history from Stanford University. Her peer-reviewed academic research, as well as her policy research and popular writing, often focus on the social and political... Read More →
avatar for Aysha Khan

Aysha Khan

Reporter, Religion News Service
@ayshabkhan  // Aysha Khan is a reporter at Religion News Service, where she previously worked as the social media editor and now covers U.S. Muslim communities and millennial spirituality. She is a fellow with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and a former fellow with... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom C

3:00pm

BREAKOUT PANEL: How to Cover Horrific Events
Gun violence, hate crimes and natural disasters devastate communities. They also create difficult assignments for religion reporters. This panel will explore how to respectfully cover a horrific event and how to take care of yourself in the process.

Moderators
avatar for Holly Meyer

Holly Meyer

Religion Reporter, The Tennessean
@HollyAMeyer  //  Holly Meyer covers religion for The Tennessean, which is the daily newspaper in Nashville, Tenn. Her stories regularly appear in USA TODAY and other publications across the USA TODAY NETWORK. During her decade-long career as a professional journalist, Holly also... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Berry Hawes

Jennifer Berry Hawes

Watchdog and Public Service reporter, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
@JenBerryHawesJennifer Berry Hawes works on the Watchdog and Public Service desk of The Post and Courier, the daily newspaper in Charleston, S.C. She was part of the team that produced “Till Death Do Us Part,” the newspaper’s series about domestic violence that won the Pulitzer... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Aten

Jamie Aten

Blanchard Chair of Humanitarian Disaster Leadership, Humanitarian Disaster Institute
@drjamieaten  //  Dr. Jamie Aten is the founder and executive director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute and Blanchard Chair of Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership at Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.). His latest book includes "A Walking Disaster: What Katrina and Cancer Taught... Read More →
avatar for Yonat Shimron

Yonat Shimron

National Reporter and Senior Editor, Religion News Service
@yonatshimron //  Yonat Shimron joined RNS in April 2011 and became managing editor in 2013. She was the religion reporter for The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. from 1996 to 2011. During that time she won numerous awards. She is a past president of the Religion News Associati... Read More →
avatar for Peter Smith

Peter Smith

Religion editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
@PG_PeterSmith  //  Peter Smith is religion writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and previously covered religion as a staff writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal and a freelancer for Religion News Service. He is the current president of RNA.


Saturday September 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom A

4:10pm

Member Meeting
This meeting is open only to RNA members in good standing.

Saturday September 21, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom C

6:30pm

2019 RNA Annual Awards Banquet (Doors open at 6 pm)
Please join us for the crowning event of our annual conference, where we honor the winners of the 2019 RNA Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence. Our emcee for the evening is RNA Contest Chairman and Board Member Jeff Diamant.

Doors will open at 6. Cash bar available.

This event is sponsored by Family Theater Productions (Pray) and Music Box Films (Grace of God).

(COMING 2020) PRAY, the inspiring true story of a poor Irish immigrant who sets sail for America in 1928 with dreams of becoming a millionaire. After a miraculous healing, he dedicates his life to telling the world about the power of prayer and enlists the help of the most iconic celebrities of Hollywood. This is the story of a tireless missionary, an unlikely hero, and one of history’s greatest advocates for family prayer.

BY THE GRACE OF GOD, the gripping and urgent new film from esteemed director Francois Ozon, depicts the true story of the men who banded together to end the code of silence within the Catholic Church that protected Father Bernard Preyant, the priest who abused them as boys. The film is based on the scandal that shocked France and recently resulted in the conviction of Philippe Barbarin, Cardinal of Lyon, for concealing the misconduct. BY THE GRACE OF GOD was a box office success in France and opens October 18 in New York, followed by engagements nationwide.


Saturday September 21, 2019 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Ballroom A