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April 26, 2017

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ACP 2017: Bridges to Understanding


ACP Convention 2017 returns to Chicago

* April 26 — 28, 2017, Fourth Presbyterian Church
* Convention hotel: The Millennium Knickerbocker, Chicago. TO GET THE PREFERRED ACP CONVENTION ROOM RATE, CALL 312-751-8100. Please be sure to ask for the Associated Church Press rate of $149 per night!
* The ACP has booked a block of tickets to Second City comedy club for convention attendees to the 8 p.m. MainStage Show on Thursday, April 27.


Associated Church Press Convention 2017
Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM CDT
Friday April 28, 2017 at 11:55 PM CDT
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Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2014
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Dear Friends,

Register now for the upcoming Associated Church Press Convention 2017: Bridges to Understanding

This year’s event brings the best in professional development, networking and fun! Main speakers have signed on and the Convention Committee is setting up workshops.

Click on the link below to register or RSVP.

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You can register online or by phone, by calling the ACP at 407-341-6615
Thank you for your participation, and we are looking forward to seeing you at the convention!.
Joe Thoma
Associated Church Press

Faith communicators will once again gather in Chicago April 26-28, 2017 for the  annual convention of the Associated Church Press. The organization marked its 100th anniversary in 2016 by returning to St. Louis, the city where it launched a century ago by a group of religious journalists. But for many ACP members and friends, Chicago is home for the ACP.

BUILDING bridges; cultivating civility; the art and science of respecting others; expanding the table; getting comfortable with the idea of one faith, many cultures; changing the culture with conversation; embracing differences: These are some of the ideas we will explore at ACP 2017.

Plans are well underway for the 2017 convention at historic Fourth Presbyterian Church on the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. Join us for dynamic keynote speakers and outstanding professional development workshops on writing, editing, marketing, design, spiritual and social justice resources, and publishing in the digital age.4th_presbyterian_chicago_2004-11_img_2602

Rev. John Buchanan, pastor emeritus of Fourth Presbyterian Church and former editor and publisher of The Christian Century, will preach at opening worship in the church’s beautiful John Buchanan Chapel.

Free-time options will include an evening at Chicago’s famed Second City comedy club (a limited number of group-rate tickets will be available). Convention planners are also working on other possibilities, such as an Architectural River Tour.

The convention will culminate with the annual Awards Banquet recognizing the best work done by ACP members in a wide range of categories in 2016.

ACP has reserved a small block of rooms at the Millennium Knickerbocker, a landmark hotel less than a five-minute walk from Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity for professional development, inspiration, and networking with colleagues and friends!

In addition to John Buchanan, 2017 keynote speakers are Eboo Patel and Dr. Ganoun Diop, 

Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel has agreed to deliver the keynote address at the ACP annual convention, April 26-28, 2017 in Chicago.

Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith eboo-headshot-2012cooperation a social norm. He is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground and Interfaith Leadership. Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council. He is a regular contributor to the public conversation around religion in America and a frequent speaker on the topic of religious pluralism. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. For over fifteen years, Eboo has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help realize a future where religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division.

Quotes by Eboo Patel:

“To see the other side, to defend another people, not despite your tradition, but because of it, is the heart of pluralism.” – Acts of Faith, 2007

“Pluralism is not a birthright in America; it’s a responsibility. Pluralism does not fall from the sky; it does not rise up from the ground. People have fought for pluralism. People have kept the promise. America is exceptional not because there is magic in our air but because there is fierce determination in our citizens.” – Sacred Ground, 2012

Dr. Ganoune Diop

The ACP Convention Committee is delighted to announce that staff-diopDr. Ganoune Diop has agreed to present a keynote address at our annual convention, April 26-28, 2017, in Chicago. Dr. Diop is Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church. Before his election in July 2015 at the 60th General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, he served as the church’s liaison to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, and as its representative within the international community of civic and political leaders.

“Thank you very much for the invitation to speak at the Associated Church Press Convention on April 28, 2017,” Dr. Diop said. “It is an honor to participate at this significant event. You can therefore count on my contribution which I am hope will meet the high expectation of this distinguished gathering. I am looking forward to meeting you all personally in April.”

Dr. Diop’s passion for God has led him to extensive theological, philosophical, and literary studies. Dr. Diop has a Masters in Exégèses and Theology from Collonges, France, a Masters degree in Philiology from the University of Paris, and a PhD in Old Testament Studies from Andrews University. He is currently a PhD candidate in New Testament Studies. Most recently he was honored with a Doctorate Honoris Causa, granted for his contributions to developing a global culture of human rights and respect for human dignity.

Dr. Diop is also an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister, and has served as a local church pastor. Other positions he has held include conference departmental director, and professor of Biblical Languages, Exegesis, and Theology at Saleve Adventist University in France, and later at Southern Adventist University and Oakwood University in the United States. Before joining the General Conference PARL department in 2011 as an associate director, Dr. Diop was Director of the five Global Mission Study Centers of Adventist Mission.

A passion for people led him to his first love of studying sociology, pastoral psychology, and pastoral care. His in-depth study of biblical anthropology has also helped sharpen his way of articulating the hope Adventists share with the world.

Dr. Diop’s life journey has been enriched by living and working on three different continents, within various cultural settings. But while his is comfortable within many different cultures, he finds his deepest identity in Jesus Christ.

He says the privilege of representing the Seventh-day Adventist Church around the world has helped him grow in the art and science of respecting others, and of developing productive relationships with those of other religious and philosophical persuasions.

Dr. Diop was born in Dakar, Senegal, and he and his wife, Helene, have three children. He is a concert flute soloist, who also loves art and literature. He enjoys teaching, preaching, and sharing the Gospel.

Time: ACP Convention starts Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Dr. Diop’s luncheon keynote address is scheduled for Friday, April 28.

Where: Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611

Here are highlights of the 2016 convention:

‘Best of the Church Press’ Awards 2016

The Awards Committee gave more than 200 awards to newspapers, newsletters, magazines, journals, news services, E-zines, bloggers, websites, video and social media at the Associated Church Press 2016 convention.

See the complete list of winners:


Lively discussion engages ‘Race, Religion, and Media’

A highly engaged audience kept a post-lunch panel on “Race, Religion, and Media” going well past the scheduled ending time. As a first step toward telling race-related stories, religious journalists should “become more aware of the biases they have,” said panelist Lisa Sharon Harper, Chief Church Engagement Officer for Sojourners.

Read the story here:


Worship challenges participants to leave their ‘comfort zone’

Rev. Monica Jefferson, a St. Louis native who is pastor of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Florissant, Mo., invited ACP members to travel with her on her “life journey,” from growing up in a family of 10 children to confirmation in the church to becoming one of the first African American female leaders in her denomination. Taking as her text 2 Corinthians 5:20, she challenged listeners to be “ambassadors of Christ” and to spread a message of reconcilation.

Read the story here:


Recognize God’s image in all people

Keynote speaker Sharon Harper, Chief Church Engagement Officer for Sojourners, challenged listeners to seek a deeper understanding of the gospel that makes it truly “good news” for all people—especially for victims of injustice and oppression.

Read the story here:


A fascinating look at Billy Graham and American politics

“What’s striking about Graham’s career is how well he got along with the press,” said keynote speaker Grant Wacker, author of America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation. From the 1950s on, he said, reporters’ attitudes toward the evangelist warmed from curiosity to respect to admiration to veneration.

Read the story here:


Mark your calendar for next year’s convention!

Plan now to attend next year’s Associated Church Press convention: April 26–28 in Chicago. Stay tuned for details!


The Associated Church Press traces its origin to a St. Louis, MO, meeting in 1916 at the Warwick Hotel. For our 100th Anniversary, we returned to St. Louis, with a host of professional-development workshops, fellowship opportunities, worship and inspiring keynote speakers.

WarwickHotelACP1916In the 1916 meeting, editors covering the quadrennial meeting of the Federal Council of Churches (now the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.) decided that they should meet on a continuing basis. Wartime constraints in 1917 and 1918 prevented meetings those two years.The second meeting was convened in Cleveland, Ohio, in June 1919. E. C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, was elected president of the then-named Editorial Council of the Religious Press. Jaspar T. Moses, National Bulletin, and F. M. Barton, The Expositor, were chosen secretary and treasurer, respectively.In 1937, the name of the organization was changed to the Associated Church Press, and the constitution was revised.


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