The redesigned ELCA Web site launched in late April with a user-centric focus, crisp design and clearly defined categories of content. The site is organized around four themes: “Who We Are,” “What We Believe,” “Our Faith In Action” and “Growing In Faith.” New features include polls, video, blogs, slide-shows and other ways to interact. There’s also a page specifically for those who might be “New or Returning to Church.” (Familiar links from the previous design, such as “Find a Congregation,” are still available toward the bottom of each page.)
This multimedia youth site took home a 2008 DeRose-Hinkhouse Award of Excellence from the Religion Communicators Council. Its six sessions combine video, faux blogs, audio and printable discussion guides on topics of sexuality, including peer pressure and exploitation. The impetus for the site came from the Task Force for ELCA Studies on Sexuality, “which insisted that we have resources available for youth,” said Kaari Reierson of Church in Society. The deadline for submitting youth responses for review by the task force has passed, but the site and guides are still available.
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