April 2021
Our FAITH is the foundation of our COMMUNICATIONS
A word from our Chair

“This is your brain on pandemic: what chronic stress is doing to us.”
 
That was the headline of a CBC story on the one-year anniversary of the pandemic.
 
"Everything is so much harder," said one person quoted in the story, adding "I don't have the motivation that I used to have. I don't have the efficiency that I used to have."
 
"Tired, defeated, foggy, unmotivated," is how another put it. 
 
Maybe you are feeling that way, too. I know that’s me sometimes.
 
As communicators, we have had other stresses, as I wrote about in a recent blog post.
Our workloads ramped up significantly during the pandemic when our colleagues suddenly wanted everything online. But while the work increased, for most of us there were no new resources or staff to handle all the new requests.
 
Not to mention the upsurge of online meetings; we’re all feeling Zoomed out.
 
If you are feeling stressed, know you aren’t alone. And also know that Anabaptist Communicators is here to provide support through webinars and affinity groups. You can also reach out if you have a question.
 
As for the pandemic, we are seeing some light and hope on the horizon. And according to a doctor quoted in the CBC article put it, our brains should recover when things return to normal.
 
"Based on research that looks at brain function and brain anatomy before and then after intervention for people who've gone through stress-related conditions, you start to see changes fairly quickly," he said.
 
And that’s good news for my tired and foggy brain.
 
— John Longhurst, AC Chair
Talking Heads LIVE

Meet up with fellow communicators at our Talking Heads LIVE webinars! Every month, we’ll discuss topics that impact your work as we hear from AC members and friends.

These gatherings are scheduled for the fourth Friday of the month at 12 p.m. ET and are open to anyone, not just AC members. However, due to Zoom capacity, these events are limited to the first 100 people who register.
Join us for our April Talking Heads LIVE on Friday, April 23, 12–1 p.m. EDT!
 

Social media is a lot like a garden. It’s a relatively low-cost endeavor but takes planning, time and effort to produce fruit. Anna Yoder and Renata Buhler from Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) will highlight the top lessons to learn from gardening and how they can help you tend your own social media.

Anna is a Social Media Coordinator for MCC, working from Newton, Kansas, and Renata is a Marketing Specialist for MCC, working from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

There is no cost, but registration is required.
Members – if you can’t make it, check the Membership Portal for a recording after the event!
Watch for sign-up links to upcoming webinars on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Have something you'd like to share at an upcoming Talking Heads LIVE? Contact us!
Connection opportunities
exclusively for AC members
Mentoring program update

Thank you to Camille Dager, Multimedia News and Information Editor for Mennonite Church USA's Executive Board staff, for volunteering to organize AC's mentoring program! Camille has developed a structure for the program and is contacting those who signed up to be mentors and mentees to set up partnerships based on shared areas of interest/experience. We're excited about the relationships that will be built and strengthened through this program!
 
If you didn't initially sign up or you would like information on being a mentor or mentee, let us know!
Highlight your work on our AC blog

Members, we would love to highlight your writing, photography, artwork, etc., on our AC blog! Many of you noted when you signed up for membership that you have a blog or you regularly write for your organization's website. And from what we see on Facebook, we know that several of you are skilled in the arts!
 
We would include your byline and bio on anything we share and post a link to it on our social media pages. Potential blogs will be vetted by the AC board to make sure they comply with our mission and values.
 
To submit a blog for consideration, email us!
Catch up with all things AC
on our Membership Portal

AC members can access recordings of Talking Heads LIVE events and presentations from past conferences through the Membership Portal on the AC website. If you haven't yet set up your password to access the portal, this would be a great time to do it!
 
New AC members received emails with a personalized link; the emails came from no-reply@editmysite.com and were titled "Welcome to www.anabaptistcomm.org!" — just in case yours ended up in your spam folder. Members who renewed should still be able to access your account from last year.
 
If you have any questions or need assistance, reach out!
Additional Ways to Connect
for AC Members and Non-Members
AC on LinkedIn

Are you on LinkedIn? So are we! We’d encourage you to engage with our two pages as we seek to offer another virtual networking platform.
 
Follow our nonprofit company page for AC updates.

Join our members group to network and share information pertaining to your work as a professional communicator.
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