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Website connects problems with solutions

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Providing support and counsel for life issues is one goal of a new website, www.whatyoubelieve.ca. Developed by Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC), the site offers free booklets designed to help people who are dealing with such problems as coping with cancer, needing advice with parenting or living with depression. Other booklets look at communication, relationships, life skills and spiritual issues.

“So often people feel isolated with their problems,” explains LCC’s director of communications, Ian Adnams. “The site gives them an opportunity to ask for some very helpful information and perhaps make a connection with someone who will help them through tough times.”

For Lutheran Church–Canada, www.whatyoubelieve.ca is another part of its Open House emphasis. During the last weekend of September almost 200 LCC congregations across Canada are staging special events and services to introduce themselves to their neighbours.

“The phrase we’ve been using for the Open House is ‘connect with your community’” says Adnams, “and www.whatyoubelieve.ca is a way we can connect with the online community.”

The site also provides opportunity for surfers to assess their beliefs, ask questions, sign-up for an e-mail “thought for the day” or look for a local Lutheran Church–Canada congregation. Throughout the year, the site will add seasonal topics including Halloween, Christmas and Easter.

“The design is versatile and there are always topics to address,” Adnams points out

The church established its corporate website www.lutheranchurch.ca in 1997. It is currently going through its third redesign.

Lutheran Church–Canada was founded in 1988 by Canadian congregations of the St. Louis-based The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. With more than 325 congregations and 75,000 members from Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island, it is the second largest Lutheran church body in Canada.

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