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  1. Sign in to the site (upper right corner). Forgot your Password? Click Here.
  2. In the yellow "MY PROFILE" box on the right, click on "Manage Profile" (second option from top).
  3. On the "Manage Profile" page, choose "Edit Bio" (first icon on the top left side of the page, under "Information and Settings").
  4. You can set a new password and/or username in the "Account Information" section on the "Edit My Member Profile" page. (TIP: usernames and passwords are case-sensitive. Passwords should contain a number.)
  5. Be sure to hit the purple "Save Changes" button at the very bottom of the page in order to submit your changes.
How do I join RNA/subscribe to ReligionLink?

Note: RNA Active/Associate Membership complete Steps 1-9, ReligionLink Subscriber or site user complete Steps 1-6
  1. Hover your cursor over the "Membership” tab on the navigation bar and choose the drop-down tab "Register Now".
  2. Read the membership descriptions to determine where you fit.
  3. At the bottom of the page choose your member type from the selections and click "Continue."
  4. On the "Get Connected!" page, create a username for your membership, enter your name, and select your main group type from the drop-down menu and click "Register."
  5. The next page is for "Membership Selection." Select your membership category and click, "Continue with the Selected Membership."
  6. Complete the online application with any and all information you wish to have in your membership profile.  When completed click "Register."
  7. The last step is your billing information. You can pay by credit card, or if you have chosen the "Bill me” option, you will receive an e-mail with how and where to mail your payment. 
  8. If you want to make a donation with your membership application, leave the "I would like to make a donation” box checked. If you cannot make a donation at this time, UNCHECK the box before clicking "Submit Securely."
  9. When the process is complete, you'll see a "Thank you” page. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your registration application. RNA must approve your application before you can sign-in with your information.

How do I renew my RNA membership?

RNA Active & Associate Members may renew at any time. ReligionLink subscribers and Advertiser/Sponsor site users do not have to renew because they are not RNA members.

  1. Sign in at the upper-right corner of the page.
  2. In the yellow "MY PROFILE" box, choose "Manage Profile" (second option from top).
  3. On the bottom of the "Manage Profile" page, click on the "Membership" icon under the Account History heading.
  4. When the "Membership Information" page loads, click "Securely renew your membership now »"
  5. On the "Membership Dues" page, fill in the form and click "Submit Securely." You can pay with credit card online, or you can choose "BILL ME" to pay by check.
  6. You'll receive a confirmation of your renewal via e-mail. You can get a second copy of this confirmation by returning to  the "Membership Information" page of your profile and choosing, "Send confirmation e-mail."

How do I search for members?

To search for individuals:
  1. Sign in at the upper-right corner of the screen.
  2. Hover your cursor over the "Membership” tab on the navigation bar and choose the drop-down tab "Member Search."
  3. On the "Member Search" page, enter the criteria in the field boxes you'd like to search. The "Search" box will allow you to enter ANY data (last name, employer, key word, etc.). Your other search choices include Group (membership categories and other secondary member relationships, such as active member, associate member, conference attendees, contest entrants, etc.), Location (state or province) and Country.
  4. After you fill in your search criteria, hit the "search" button at the bottom of the page. Search results are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
  5. In the results list, find the individual you wish to contact. You then have the choice to "View Profile" or "Add Connection" if you haven't already connected with that member. Member contact information is only available if they choose to publish that information.
To search for people via groups (ie: All Active Members):
  1. Sign in at the upper-right corner of the screen.
  2. In the yellow "My Profile" box, click on "Groups."
  3. On the "My Groups" page, hover your cursor over the "Options" icon (green plus) to the left of the group name you're seeking.
  4. From the list that appears, choose "View Group Directory." That command brings up a list of individuals who belong to that group, listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Note: You are only able to see member profile information for individuals to which you have access—determined by your membership type—regardless of your group participation.

TIP: Hoping to message the whole group? See how here.
Want to e-mail the whole group? See how here.


How do I make a donation?
  1. Hover your cursor over the "Support RNA” tab on the navigation bar and choose the drop-down tab "Donate."
  2. A list of available funds will appear. Click on "Donate Online” next to the Fund you’d like to support.
  3. Fill in your "Donation Amount.”
  4. Make changes or add your "Donor Information.”  (If you are a member of our site, log in and your information will automatically populate.)
  5. Add your billing Information and credit card information.
  6. Click on the purple "Submit Donation Securely” at the bottom of the page.
  7. Your receipt will be e-mailed to you.

How do I send e-mails to individuals or groups?

To e-mail an individual(s):
  1. Log on to the site in the upper-right corner.
  2. Find the member(s) you'd like to e-mail using the "Member Search" page within the menu tab, "Membership."
  3. On the Member Search results page, find the person you want to message and click on his/her name.
  4. If an individual has chosen to make his/her e-mail address public information, it will appear as a clickable link on his/her profile page. Clicking on the e-mail address will automatically launch your computer's e-mail program (and if it does not, just copy & paste the e-mail address into a new message in your program).
  5. Repeat process for each member you're emailing.

To e-mail an entire group:
Note: this function is not to be used as a way to promote a book or other project. We do run member announcements in the monthly newsletter (submit your book or project notice here), or members can purchase RNA advertisements at a 10–40 percent discount, contact Wendy Gustofson.
  1. Sign in at the upper-right corner of the screen.
  2. In the "My Profile" box to the right, click on "Groups" (third from top).
  3. On the "My Groups" page, hover your cursor over the "Options" icon (green plus) to the right of the group name you're seeking.
  4. From the list that appears, choose "E-mail All Group Members."
  5. On the "Email Group Members - Step 1: Compose" page, type the content of your e-mail and click on the "Preview Email" button at the bottom of the page.
  6. On the "Email Group Members - Step 2: Confirm" page. review your e-mail and choose the button at the bottom of the page to either "Send Email" or "Edit" your e-mail.
  7. Once you send your e-mail, it will generate the confirmation page, "Bulk Email Successfully Submitted."
  8. Confirm that your e-mail was distributed by checking your regular e-mail program (Outlook, Hotmail, AOL, etc.). Response e-mails will be sent there as well.

Note: All bulk e-mail require administrator approval before they are distributed, so do expect a short delay before recipients receive your message.

TIP: Not all groups or member types are able to send bulk e-mails. Usually this option won't even appear as an option if your access to this feature is restricted.



How do I rent an RNA Mailing List?
  1. Hover your cursor over the "Support RNA” tab on the navigation bar and hover over the drop-down tab, "Advertise.” Choose "Mailing List Rentals" from the slide-out menu.
  2. Scroll down to "How to Order” and click "submit credit card payment online."
  3. In the ONLINE STORE, click on the mailing list you would like to purchase and then choose quantity and "Add Item.”
  4. In "Your Cart,"  review your order. Select the shipping method you prefer. If the information is correct, click on "checkout.”  If information is not correct, uncheck the item in the "Keep?” column and "Recalculate.”  Click on "Find” and select correct item, quantity and "Add Item.”  Then click on "Checkout.”
  5. Edit name and address fields if necessary. Fields automatically populate for site users.
  6. You can pay with credit card or, if you want to pay by check, select the "Bill Me” option. Please make your check payable to Religion Newswriters and send your payment to 30 Neff Annex, Columbia, MO 65211.  Please indicate name and "mailing list” on your check memo. (Note: RNA does not mail the lists until payment has been received.)
  7. Complete "Billing Information” section.
  8. Click on purple, "Proceed to Confirmation” button.
  9. Review order and click on purple button, "Complete Order.”
  10. You will be e-mailed an order summary that includes a link for the printable view of your order for a credit card receipt. If you chose the "Bill Me” option and are paying by check, a receipt is available upon request.

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