The United Methodist Church today rolled out its new website — still “UMC.org”:http://www.umc.org/site/c.lwL4KnN1LtH/b.2453643/k.6EAB/Welcome_to_the_New_UMCorg.htm — that includes “the first large-scale social networking site developed for people of faith.”
The site’s “community”:http://www.umc.org/site/c.lwL4KnN1LtH/b.2454807/k.A7C4/UMCorg_Community.htm and social network, modeled on MySpace and Facebook, allows visitors to connect with one another 24 hours a day. People can set up personal profiles, establish networks of “friends” and upload photos.
This is a church network, though. It filters out offensive language. There are reviews of video and photo content. And visitors can also flag inappropriate content to be checked out.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“UMC.org is more than a Web siteÃ¢â‚¬â€itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about relationships and bringing people of faith together in innovative new ways,Ã¢â‚¬? says the Rev. Larry Hollon, head of United Methodist Communications in Nashville.
It is a good-looking site, easy to navigate. There’s a lot of good material on “our rich theological heritage.”
The new site also includes:
An “Our People” section, “where visitors can identify their own personal spiritual gifts, see how they can use their individual talents to make a difference, and read inspirational stories of faith about members of The United Methodist Church.”
A “PrayÃ¢â‚¬? tab, where visitors can submit a prayer request.
A Ã¢â‚¬Å“ServeÃ¢â‚¬? section, which connects people with volunteer opportunities in their communities.