Web Publishing and Online Services
The Episcopal Church
Office of Communication is the publisher of the official
ECUSA web site. The site is currently undergoing its first
extensive development effort and will have a new look, be
even more user friendly and offer considerably more information
and resources when the new site is launched in July 2003
during the Minnesota General Convention.
Under the staff leadership of Edward
K. Cimafonte, Web
Designer and Producer, who joined the Office of Communication
staff in June 2002, the site is expected to become a significant
web portal with informationa nd resources from the Episcopal
Church Center and with links to other Episcopal Church related
sites. The site serves church members and leaders and web
visitors seeking information about the church and its mission
The site also includes links to many Episcopal/Anglican
web sites throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion.
To facilitate the
use of Internet discussion forums by official groups, two
online services are used (email "lists" and online
For email "lists," epicom.org is offered. And
church committees, ministry networks and other church related
groups are encouraged to consider subscribing to ECUNET,
an economical ecumenical group-communication service on
the Internet that allows users to create their own online
"meetings" -- that operate similarly to lists.
Current users of these services include the Episcopal Public
Policy Network, the Office of Pastoral Development/House
of Bishops, the National Network of Lay Professionals, the
national Episcopal Communicators organization and the Hispanic
Communication Ministry Task Force.
CHURCHWIDE MINISTRIES INFORMATION DESK
A churchwide ministries
Information Desk handles inquiries received by telephone,
fax and email. Inquiries come from church members and from
the general public.
The desk provides answers to frequently asked questions
about the work of the denomination and for more detailed
assistance with other questions, refers inquirers to staff
in appropriate departments or organizations. Often referrals
are made to diocesan offices or to the Episcopal Church
Archives. Media inquiries are referred to the ECUSA News
& Information Department.
Recent projects include
a staff orientation video, online feature story vignettes,
a pre-convention resource for General Convention deputies
called, "Becoming a Jubilee People;" "In
as much," a video by the Jubilee Ministries Office;
an anti-racism training video for the office of Youth Mnistries;
and a documentary, "Come and See, Images of our Common
Life: The Episcopal Church at the Dawn of the Third Millennium."
The latter produced in association with the Office of the
Resources are sold or distributed by ministry departments
through Episcopal Parish Services and the Episcopal Book/Resource
Center at the Episcopal Church Center.
Production of displays and exhibits, computer generated
presentations, Internet webcasts, and nightly newscasts
on the web are among the projects developed in cooperation
with Church Center departments as media support for their
convention related communication efforts.
CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY
Support is provided
to the Center for Media Literacy, a non-profit organization
that works with faith groups and others to help media consumers
better understand media’s impact on them.
Media literacy education teaches critical and analytical
viewing skills to people of all ages so they can better
understand and navigate our media culture. Print literacy
(the ability to read and write) is no longer enough. Everybody,
but especially "kids," needs to learn how to "read"
the messages in visual images (TV, movies, ads) the same
as they need to know how to read the words on a page.
A media literate person doesn't know all the answers, but
knows how to ask the right questions: Who created this message?
Why? How and why did they choose what to include and what
to leave out of this message? How is it intended to influence
Media education for children is important and necessary
because their lives are saturated with media messages --
they're watching TV, listening to music, going to movies,
and spending millions of dollars on heavily advertised clothing,
soda pop, snack foods, videos, CD's, computer games and
The Center for Media Literacy is the largest publisher and
distributor of media literacy teaching materials. www.medialit.org
The Rev. Daniel B.
Director of Communication
Mr. Edward K. Cimafonte
Web Designer and Producer
Mr. Barry Merer
Information Architect and Content Manager
Senior Associate for Web Development and Programming
Ms. Bernice Mulzac
Manager, Information Desk
Mr. Michael F. Collins
Production Manager and Video Editor
Mr. Todd Lubin
Staff Video Producer
Ms. Simone Desesaure
Episcopal Parish Services
Ms. Alison Guerin
Or write to
Episcopal Book/Resource Center
800 334-7626, ext. 6118
Quest Anglican Ecunet Group Communication
ECUSA Quest Ecunet Help Desk
Ms. Barbara Cameron Caum