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episcopalchurch.org sees new design

The web presence for The Episcopal Church has had a major overhaul today, according to a press release and – well, also according to our plain-old eyeballs.

The Episcopal Church website – www.episcopalchurch.org – has undergone a complete transformation and redesign into a welcoming, eye-appealing, easy-to-navigate, experiential site.

Launched on December 28, the new website features a motif of stained glass windows, each of which holds a small piece of our contemporary church. Taking direction from newcomer research, the design is steeped, but not mired, in tradition. The beloved shield and words, The Episcopal Church Welcomes You, have an updated look as well.

The new website provides many avenues to experience the Episcopal Church, its beliefs and its many ministries.

“We are offering many new features, many new opportunities to be in community,” noted Anne Rudig, Director of Communication. “Newcomers to the Episcopal Church as well as all our members will enjoy experiencing the Episcopal Church on the new site.”

Key to the new website is the many opportunities for dioceses, congregations, provinces and Episcopalians to post videos and photos of local mission in action. “The new website enables sharing and conversation,” Rudig added. “It has an open source contact management system and very powerful search function.”

And, the website is available in Spanish and English.

Sections to scan

To begin, a click on each stained glass window opens a video, photo, multimedia offering, artwork and more from across the Church.

The site contains five main areas:

What we believe: including categories on Baptismal Covenant; Book of Common Prayer; Music; Spiritual Growth; Weekly Bulletin Inserts.

What we do: including pages on Public Policy; Young Adult Service Corps; World Mission Sunday; Good Friday Offering; Mission Priority; Rebuild Our Church in Haiti; Sudan.

Who we are: including Our Congregations; Emergent Church; Religious Orders and Faith Communities; The Anglican Communion; Presiding Bishop; House of Bishops; President of the House of Deputies; House of Deputies; General Convention / Executive Council; Archives; Organizations associated with The Episcopal Church; Seminaries; Episcopal Marketplace

Ministries: including Adult Formation & Lifelong Learning; Asiamerica, Black, Children’s, Federal, Indigenous, Latino/Hispanic and Young Adult/Campus Ministries; Companion Relationships; Domestic Poverty/Jubilee; Ecumenical/Interreligious; Eco-Justice; Episcopal Migration Ministries; Lesson Plans that Work; Stewardship; Transition Ministry; United Thank Offering; Ministries.

Multimedia: Video Programming; Live & On-Demand Worship; Social Media.

Calendar: up-to-date listings with listings of events around the Church

New Features

The prayer for the day: from the lectionary and liturgical calendar.

Worship: with live and on-demand services.

Prayers of the people: where readers can submit prayer requests and know that a community is praying for and with them.

Find a church: with rapid access to Episcopal churches in many ways, including through zip codes.

Today: latest updates from the office of Public Affairs.

Panorama: blogs from across the Episcopal Church

Social media: who’s blogging and tweeting in the Episcopal Church.

“There are so many new features in the website – I invite everyone to join us as we embark on a new era in evangelism,” Rudig said.

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joebrewer

I have worked a lot with clients who have in launching new websites or interface design for distance education.

Design is one area where people feel passionately, feel free to express their opinions, and rarely think about the human connection when doing so. Don't get me wrong; we techies love feedback. So where you see a possibility for feedback, let them know.

Just remember that this launch is a gigantic milestone for the team which created the new site. I have worked with some challenging organizations (hospitals, universities, government agencies, corporations) with stakeholders, each with various vested interests to try and gain consensus on major design changes. I can't imagine doing it within the church, where change takes place at a rather, um, slow pace. Designers have to be peacemakers, diplomats, whipping boys and girls, testers, and are constrained by decisions that must be at least approved by a cast of many.

For this feat alone, like the site or not, this web team deserves a pause and our congratulations. I hope they are enjoying some time off, because I bet they've worked some late nights.

Joe Brewer

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garydasein

Integrity USA may be found on the denominational website at

http://archive.episcopalchurch.org/8020_61662_ENG_HTM.htm

One has to click on archive, A-Z directory, groups and organizations, fellowship and support, then gender and sexuality.

This is not easy to find. The search feature on the website turned up nothing when I searched groups and organizations.

Google almost found it when I searched Episcopal Church groups but it was the wrong url address.

There is an A-Z directory but one has to go to the archive first.

Gary Paul Gilbert

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garydasein

Thank you, Jim! Yahoo already finds the right url address.

Gary Paul Gilbert

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Jim Naughton

It isn't uncommon for a new site to take a couple of days to "resolve." I can't exactly explain what happens when it "resolves," I just know that we have expected that process to take up to 72 hours in sites that I have launched.

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garydasein

Google cannot even find the new website if one searches "Episcopal Church." It takes one to http://ecusa.anglican.org/

which says

"Site off-line

The site is currently not available due to technical problems. Please try again later. Thank you for your understanding.

If you are the maintainer of this site, please check your database settings in the settings.php file and ensure that your hosting provider's database server is running. For more help, see the handbook, or contact your hosting provider.

The mysqli error was: Unknown database 'ec_seeker_stage'."

Wikipedia, however, has the right link

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/

It is unacceptable there is no mention of Integrity or LGBT concerns. I don't think that is an accident, considering the denomination has failed to come up with an official national list of pro-gay congregations, unlike 11 other denominations.

Gary Paul Gilbert

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