I never set out to be a writer. That was never the intention. My original goal was simple, if audacious: I wanted to make the world a little bit smarter when it comes to the topic of religion.
I wanted to combat what Stephen Prothero famously coined, "religious illiteracy." I still do.
That is why I started writing with Houston Chronicle in 2010, that is why I joined the Religion News Association (RNA) in 2011, and that is why I continue to be a part of that fantastic organization. RNA is the premier journalism association for people who write about religion in the news media. We offer training and tools to help journalists cover religion with balance, accuracy and insight.
Because of this mission, RNA does a lot to combat "religious illiteracy" and to build capacity for "religious literacy" through media production and publication. Its members do radio, broadcast television, and write for everything from local papers to metropolitan magazines. They do the hard yards of reporting on religion in a world that seldom seems to understand it. And they do it with class and verve.
I am always impressed by the caliber of my colleagues in the RNA and no more so when I get to be a part of the process of choosing our William A. Reed Lifetime Achivement Award recipient each year. This year is no exception. At the 69th Annual RNA Conference in Columbus, Ohio (September 13-15, 2018) we will honor Ann Rodgers for her many years of dedication on the "God beat" and her tireless service to the RNA.
In addition to serving as president of the RNA during a time of significant transition and growth, Rodgers faithfully served on the religion beat in New Hampshire, Florida, and finally in Pittsburgh, Pa., for more than three decades. Her career covered papal transitions, evangelical scandal, and an increasing diversity of faith expressions that caught her attention.
To read the full profile of Ann and hear from those who worked with her click the link below.
Also, as you feel inspired by Ann's work I highly encourage you to join me in Columbus, OH for the RNA Conference. If you care about religious literacy and accuracy and fairness in religion reporting then this is the place for you to be. LEARN MORE HERE.