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Tuesday, June 7, 2005

United Church of Christ launches Web news site.

J. Bennett Guess introduces the new United Church News, an online news service for the United Church of Christ comparable in many ways to the United Methodist News Service.

Guess explained the thinking behind the UCC's move toward Internet news publishing last December. I've been following developments at the UCC because the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations is on a somewhat similar trajectory: The May/June issue of UU World announced the shift from bimonthly to quarterly publication — and introduced plans for an online magazine. Tom Stites wrote:

Issues of our new electronic magazine will be published every week. Each week's issue will offer fresh inspirational material, timely news of UUs and their congregations and institutions, and helpful information for church leaders. And each week's Web magazine will feature either an exclusive Web-only article or an article from the print magazine. There will be a frequently updated feature for UU activists, helping them keep up on what they can do to make a difference. And, if you'd prefer, you won't have to go to the Web magazine—the magazine will come to you. The front page of the Web magazine will offer you an easy way to sign up for weekly e-mails of fresh UU news and other material.

The UUA's transformed online magazine will debut later this summer; watch for the announcement in the Fall 2005 issue. In the meantime, what do you think of the new United Church News?

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 7 June 2005 at 5:50 PM

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Scott Wells:

June 8, 2005 06:54 AM | Permalink for this comment

I think that -- more than two weeks on -- they still haven't cleaned up its Mambo CMS origins, version 4.5.2. to be exact. That's pretty shabby for something that's otherwise pretty good.

Here's what I wrote:

Now UCC gets web syndicated news

Rebecca Scott:

June 8, 2005 08:31 PM | Permalink for this comment

I think the content and stories are good but the navigation is all mixed up. Plus, the news isn't consistent across the pages. There is news on the homepage ( which has a link to this news page ( and then there is tne new news site ( I think that all the news should be centralized on one site and on one URL. There can be headlines on the homepage that lead you to the news site. I'm guessing all these different links represent some kind of org chart that I have no interest in.

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