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Church leaders and public media subject of Wednesday online forum


Five communicators to share their thoughts from Columbia Theological Seminary

by Presbyterian Writers Guild | Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — Why is it important for church leaders to have a voice in public media? This is among the topics to be explored by seminary students, pastors, church communicators and others during a March 20 event jointly sponsored by the Presbyterian Writers Guild and Columbia Theological Seminary.

Five members of the Presbyterian Writers Guild board will participate in a panel discussion titled “The News & the Good News: The Impact of Ministry on Journalism.” The panel is being hosted on the Columbia Seminary campus in Decatur, Georgia, as part of a seminary-sponsored community forum from 11 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time and is open to the public.

The panelists are Emily Enders Odom, president of the guild and interim vice president for Development
and director of Alumni/ae Relations at Union Theological Seminary in New York; Jill Duffield, editor of the “Presbyterian Outlook”; Jerry Van Marter, former editor of Presbyterian News Service; Eva Stimson, former editor of “Presbyterians Today”; and Bill Lancaster, a retired pastor and former communicator for Foothills Presbytery.

The panel will explore such topics as why it is important for church leaders to be visible and have a voice in public media, first steps for getting plugged into local and regional public media, and how to construct a message that breaks through and connects in the information age.

Members of the Writers Guild and students from other seminaries are invited to participate in person or online. To access the event, use the Zoom link Questions for panelists may be submitted using the Twitter hashtag #CTSForum.

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