Coalition of Religious Communicators Associations

Update, March 23, 2019:
Alliance challenges four USPS ‘myths’

Update, Oct. 10, 2018:
USPS ponders paper-only Marketing Mail

Update, April, 2018:
MTAC meeting notes

The Coalition of Religious Communicators Associations began more than 40 years ago as the Coalition of Religious Press Associations, advocates for the public interest expressed through religious communications. Our name changed in the 21st Century to reflect the evolution of communications technology, skills, trends and forums.

The mission of the Coalition of Religious Communicators Associations is to bring diverse organizations and individuals together to influence policies, systems and environments related to internal and public communications channels, and to raise awareness among our members and the public about the contribution of religious communications to society.

We work to shape fair public policy on behalf of religious communicators. Efforts include national lobbying with the U.S. Postal Service, the Federal Communications Commission, and other federal, state and local policymaking entities.

Early press coverage of CRPA activity.

The CRCA is an active member of the Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC), which is a venue for the United States Postal Service to share technical information with mailers, and to receive their advice and recommendations on matters concerning mail-related products and services, in order to enhance customer value and expand the use of these products and services for the mutual benefit of Mailing Industry stakeholders and the Postal Service.

The CRCA participates in MTAC to help shape public policy in postal and overall communications spheres and to inform our members and the general public about those policies and opportunities for cost savings. We represent the interests of a specialized yet widespread sector of communications and publishing, and we work through MTAC to ensure a place at the table for our members and their readers.

For more information, please contact the CRCA Convener:
Joe Thoma
924 Woodcrest Way
Oviedo, FL 32765

Original members, convened in the 1970s:

American Jewish Press Association
Associated Church Press
Association of State Baptist Papers
Catholic Press Association
Episcopal Communicators
Evangelical Press Association
Seventh-day Adventist Publishers

Current Coalition Partners

CRCA correspondents include large international organizations, small non-profits, academic institutions, consulting agencies, churches, informal groups and individuals. Let us know if you would like to join us and become a coalition partner.

American Baptist Churches USA
American Baptist Home Mission Societies
American Diversity Report
American Muslim Institution (AMI)
American Theological Library Association (ATLA)
The Anglican Church of Canada
American Bible Society  
American Friends Service Committee  
Associated Church Press
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
Bread for the World
Bahá’í International Community
Baptist Press  
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Christian Reformed Church in North America
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
New York Office of Public and International Affairs
Church World Service
Center for Health and Hope
Communicators for Women Religious
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Catholic News Service  
Evangelical Press Association
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Communication Services  
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Interfaith Center of New York
Interfaith Connections TV Show
Interfaith Paths To Peace
MOSAIC Inter-Faith Ministries
The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers
Religion News Service  
Religions for Peace USA  
Religion Communicators Council
Seventh-Day Adventist Church  
United Methodist News Service    
The Upper Room  
Village Life Company:
Center for Public Violence Recovery 
and Disaster News Network
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
World Association for Christian Communication (WACC Global)
Washington National Cathedral  
Worldwide Faith News  
Yale Divinity School