ARPA E-News February 2017

ARPA News February 2017

 ARPA Conference Review – have you completed the survey? Thank you to those members who have responded.

The AGM and executive have given a good deal of thought to future conferences and our conference overall, but we are also seeking your input and a survey has been provided recently (through monkey survey – check your in-box). If you have not yet undertaken the survey could we encourage you to consider doing so as soon as possible. Your involvement is an integral help for the ARPA community.

Members are very welcome to make suggestions for conferences in 2019, and 2020. Some thoughts to date (no arrangements, just ‘dreaming’) have been Perth (Perhaps New Norcia), Darwin, and Norfolk Island, and Singapore.

One member respondent will receive a complimentary registration for the 2017 conference.

2017 ARPA Conference – Auckland

The program for the 2017 conference is being organised and the brochure will be available in April. Thank you to the local ARPA members and in particular our NZ Vice-President Justin St. Vincent for all the work to date (and to come). The conference will be a wonderful opportunity to hear from a range of gifted communicators. Make sure you have the dates in your diary: 

25-27 August 2017.

2017 ARPA Award Categories

The Face to Face meeting of the executive (January 2017 in Sydney) reviewed the ARPA award categories. A heads-up that there will be a new awards category: Social Media Campaign. Many of our members engage in integrated social media campaigns during the year and this is an opportunity to showcase this wider work of witness.

Changes in member publications

Pipeline, the magazine of the Eastern Territory for the Australia Salvation Army magazine has now finished (the final edition of Volume 20 was issued in December 2016 and looks back over 20 years of publication). The Salvation Army in Australia is moving to become one territory and a national editorial department is working toward a new magazine from this year.

Isabella Woods has concluded as editor of Parish Connections (St James King Street, Sydney) and is now back in England. We welcome Brooke Shelley as the new Communications and Media Manager.

Church Resources has concluded as a member following changes to the structure and arrangements. Long-standing ARPA participant Christine Hogan finished her position at Church Resources just before Christmas last year and we wish Christine God’s blessing in future ministry and service.

Welcome to New Members

ARPA welcomes The Good Oil (Sisters of the Good Samaritan);

ARPA Social Media Strategy

ARPA has endorsed a social media report provided by the Communications Officer Sophia Sinclair. During 2017 we will work on developing an integrated social media arrangement and also appropriate input at key times (like the conference).

Note: The Facebook page for the Australasian Religious Press Association will now be found simply as ARPA.

The ARPA Executive for 2016-2017

President: Peter Bentley

NZ Vice-President: Justin St Vincent

Australian Vice-President: Mark Brolly

Treasurer: Allan Sauer

Communications Officer: Sophia Sinclair

Along with our Executive Officer: Elizabeth Harris.

The next ARPA Executive teleconference will be held on May 9th, 2017.