Friday, 3 September 2010
Ecumenical Websites: CTE
Members can write and post articles directly onto the site. They can assign an article to any appropriate page and it will appear there after it has been moderated by CTE staff. This page features some of the articles submitted to the site. This facility could perhaps have greater prominence on the home page.
But I suspect most visitors to this site are not members. What will they find? I find this website harder to navigate than the CTBI site. There is a system of menus and submenus, which is difficult to follow and if you don't know where to look can be quite frustrating. Also, when you are several submenus deep it is rather easy to lose your place and have to start over again.
There is a wealth of material and it is perhaps best to hunt around and see what you can find. Good places to start might be Working Together, which offers a long list of issues where churches in England are collaborating and Common Cause, which lists some of the major ecumenical Christian organisations.
It is worth noting, this site is also the site for the work of the Free Churches Group. They share their offices with CTE and also share the website.
Perhaps the best way to describe this site is eccentric. There's a lot of interesting material on it, although you might depend upon serendipity to find stuff. It is a pity CTE doesn't use the potential of the site to encourage conversations.
Star rating: **** out of *****