Place to Begin
Hallo again to all.
This week we welcome to the web the Church of England Newspaper, which is www.churchnewspaper.com (but not churchnewspaper.com; it only works with the "www." in front of it). Taken together with the Church Times and The Tablet, you will see that there is a very clearly-defined graphical style for British church publications on the web. It took an American reader quite some time to come to the realization that, despite its name, this newspaper is entirely unofficial. We didn't really find any statement one way or the other on their web site, but by talking to colleagues in London we have confirmed that it is not an official publication of the Church of England; rather, a publication about the Church of England. Its editorial position seems to be conservative and evangelical, which are not two words that would come quickly to mind to describe the Church of England itself. It is too new to the web for us to have formed an opinion of it, and there is always the possibility that we will end up keeping that opinion to ourselves. Its first edition boasts that it carries many more stories each week than its competitors; we assume that it sees its competitors as being the Church Times and The Tablet. While that may be true in the dead-tree editions that one can buy in Great Britain, all three of them seem to have about the same number of words on the web this week. More is better.
The Diocese of Ripon has been renamed the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds. They've explained the change in a recent press release. The old domain name, ripon.anglican.org, will continue to work, but the new name is riponleeds.anglican.org.
We welcome to the web this week a satisfying collection of new or newly-listed parish web pages in England and the USA, an Anglican grammar school in Adelaide, and an Episcopal conference center in the USA. And we have linked one of the more indescribable pages ever added to Anglicans Online, a personal meditation page called Maps and Explorations, by a US priest named Mark Harris. Well, we've categorized it as a "personal meditation page," because if it really does defy categorization then we can't list it, because we list by categories.
The News Centre reports, among other things, a survey by Bath University of job satisfaction, which has found that clergy feel very satisfied in general by their work.
See you next week.
updated: 6 September 1999