The Church Council of Greater Seattle has launched an all-new website, redesigned in order to better serve its mission. According to Executive Director Michael Ramos, “We are confident that this new site will help us fulfill our commitment to building relationships of unity and enhance our ability for effective collaboration.”

The new site builds on features of the original website, the frequent email newsletter known as the Weekly Update, and The Source, a monthly printed newsletter published by the Church Council beginning in the 1970s. Here is what you will find in each section of the new site:

Our Work provides a succinct statement of the faith-based work that the Church Council is called upon to do. You will find background on the Church Council’s primary areas of work: Housing and Homelessness; Economic Justice; Racism and Prejudice; Immigrant and Refugee Accompaniment; and Ecumenism and Interfaith.

Community Resources allows users to go deeper into the background of each issue through annotated links to PDF documents, news stories and other websites. It also provides a road map for taking action on each issue. Links on this page also lead to other organizations with which the Church Council partners.

The Community Directory is an interactive database of the 400+ churches and organizations involved with the Church Council. Here you will find organization names, addresses and website links. You can search by denomination, as well as several other categories. (Give this page a few seconds to load – it is data rich!)

The News Section provides the latest information on Church Council activities, and also includes faith statements, litanies and legislative action items. It is updated frequently and is searchable by category.

The Community Events Calendar showcases events by the Church Council and its community partners. It can be viewed in several formats (Posterboard, agenda, monthly calendar) and is available for listing relevant community events.

Ways to Give opens the door to supporting the work of the Church Council through donations, sponsorship, estate giving or volunteering. You’ll also find the CCGS Annual Report here.

Get Involved. If you are looking for the specifics of how to join your presence and your voice to this work, the Get Involved section will provide all of the relevant details.

About the Church Council provides a brief history, includes mission and vision, and offers pictures and short biographies of board and staff members.

Contact supplies both the physical and mailing address, a map to the CCGS office and an email form for contacting us.

The new site grew out of a board-led communications planning process facilitated by consultant Virginia Felton which concluded in early February.  Felton was then engaged, along with web designer Sheila Hoffman, to manage the website development process.

A cadre of local philanthropists made it possible to build this community crossroads: The Norcliffe Foundation; Community of Christ – Greater Pacific NW Mission Center; The Ariel Fund; and four anonymous donors. To financially support this initiative, email Beth Amsbary.

To provide feedback on the new site or make suggestions, please email Ann Erickson.

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