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The Methodists have a new website

The Methodists have a new website

The United Methodist Church has a new website. Why not drop over and have a look, and then come back and tell us what you think of it.


One of the things that I appreciate is the use of photography on the homepage giving the visitor a strong sense of who the Methodists are and what kind of work they do. Another thing I admire is that they don’t hide their positions on social issues. They are easily found under the What we believe tab on the navigation bar at the top of the homepage.

The lower half of the homepage succumbs to the “things we want you to see organized by no apparent logic” school of web design, but there is some good stuff there, and overall I like it.

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Richard III

Facebook User, who do you have an axe to grind with in particular, white people or the mainline churches or the Methodists? You sound a little angry about something.

Richard Warren

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The photo spinner on the main page is a great design element, but the photos themselves reinforce the casual racism present in most mainline denominations.

There are three photos of "church people" doing various church-people things. The church people are white, with the exception of one black girl singing in the choir. She's one of the students of a music teacher being honored, so she may not be affiliated with the church in any way.

And then there's one photo of a frowning, half-naked black child—I imagine we're supposed to infer that this is an African baby who will benefit from the $1.1 million donation to Imagine No Malaria. I'm not sure where the photo comes from, but it's not on the page that it links to.

What, are we supposed to be thankful that there's a whole church of white people to buy a shirt for that poor African baby?

Greg Johnston (added by editor)

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