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Welcome to Episcopal Cafe 2.0!

Welcome to Episcopal Cafe 2.0!


Welcome to our new site! We’ve moved the site to a new home and taken the opportunity to redesign the site as well. We hope you like it. Our intention is to continue offering the same great news and commentary that has been our hallmark.

Many of our Lead contributors will be continuing as part of the team; Ann Fontaine, John Chilton, Andrew Gerns, and Weston Matthews. Joining them will be myself, Eddie Isom, Rosalind Hughes and David Streever. Eddie has a long background in broadcast and print journalism, Rosalind is a priest in the Diocese of Ohio, and David is an independent web consultant who is active in public policy advocacy.

In addition I’m pleased to say that several new folks will be joining the Café in other roles. Jennifer Brandlon, from Portland, OR, will be joining our editorial board and bringing her many years of journalistic and public relations experience. Liz Bartenstein, from Virginia, will be joining our editorial team as well and will be our Art editor; Kathryn McKey-Dunar, former Youth Missioner in Milwaukee and currently an independent communications consultant in Boston, will be joining as our web designer and Social Media guru. Along with Ann Fontaine, the Rev. Martin Elfert, Diocese of Spokane, and the Rev. Anne Smith, Diocese of San Joaquin, will be working on developing feature content as well. I’m also happy to say that our contributors for Speaking to the Soul will still be around, producing the same great reflections and devotional pieces as always.

One important change is that we will need to solicit donations (look for the big red Donate button) to keep the Café running; our overhead isn’t huge but it isn’t insignificant either. We’ve already set up the Café as a non-profit corporation and have applied for 501(c) listing. But that designation may take several months to be completed. In the interim, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beckley, WV, has agreed to act as financial agent for the Café to allow us to offer you the opportunity to make a charitable donation in order to let the work of the Café not only continue, but thrive.

And perhaps most important, I want to thank Bill Joseph, the Café’s webmaster, who has gotten through this transition – we couldn’t have done it without him!


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Gary Paul Gilbert

Chrome doesn’t work as a well on this site as Firefox. For example, I couldn’t read any of the sixteen comments on Welcome to Episcopal Cafe. Also the rss stories and comments links on the right side of the page don’t work in Chrome. You get a bunch of gibberish with all the html codes. In Firefox, it gives you links to the stories or comments.

Gary Paul Gilbert

Jim Pratt

I like much of the redesign, but I find pages load very slowly (I’m using Firefox).

Also, I’d like to see a bit more of the articles on the front page, enough to decide whether or not I want to read the whole article (half a sentence leaves me often wondering what it’s really about).

Steve Norcross

I’m a newcomer to Cafe (sorry, don’t know how to put the accent on the final e), having read it only for the past month or so. I appreciate the desire to move forward and to keep your readers informed of “the rest of the story.”

Annette Chappell

Please explain the graphics in the blue squares. Some look like a very short pencil, on a slant, and some look like mountains with a moon above. What do they mean? Why are they there?

Lionel Deimel


Thanks for your reply. Either you changed something on your end or I was mistaken about Facebook posts. That said, posting on Facebook using the Share button does not work exactly like posting by pasting the blog post’s URL into Facebook. I tried this both ways. The Share button posted a photo from the blog post. Using the URL picked up the Café logo instead. Both posts did include the title and an excerpt from the beginning of the post. The behavior may be determined by Facebook, rather than be Café. Don’t worry about it. (The corresponding button on my own blog suffers from the same problem.)

I hope that whatever search function you implement to find old posts will be able to find posts by title (or words in the post) or by URL, since a the visitor may have a link without further information. Will there be a simple transformation that yields a new URL from an old one?

Anyway, good luck working out the glitches in the new site. I know that the task can be difficult and time-consuming.

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