Campus religious groups go on line with Web sites

By Cheryl Fogle

Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Internet may be the biggest thing to hit religious groups since the Bible.

Some campus religious groups have created World Wide Web home pages to get word of their organizations out.

The Lutheran Campus Ministry, Episcopal Campus Ministry, Hillel Foundation and Newman Catholic Student Center have created Web pages with events-calendars and summaries of their organizations.

"If students are wondering something about Hillel at three in the morning they can't call Hillel, but they can look it up," Hillel Program Coordinator Michelle Rubiner said.

John Rohwer, a plant sciences graduate student, designed the Web page for the Lutheran Campus Ministry.

"It was really easy," Roher said, "it only took a couple of hours."

The groups use the UA server and are listed under UAInfo.

Rubiner said that she took a class in Hyper Text Mark-Up Language at the UA this summer, got a book that explained

Web page design and the rest was easy.

"All I had to do was follow their direction," she said.

Allen Breckenridge, director of the Episcopal Campus Ministry, whose page debuted on line last month, said he plans to teach his members about the Internet.

"We should hold workshops about how to get an e-mail account and how to use the Web," he said, "The Internet is a great way to spread information."

The Newman Catholic Student Center started its Web page this semester. "Web master," Curtis Loenig said that it includes announcements, pictures and names of the staff and student council.

"Soon I'll have the Sunday bulletin, and then I think more students will access the page," Loenig said.

The page has links to other Newman Center pages and Catholic Churches.

"Graphics on the Web are great because the computer illiterate, or computer afraid, can just click their mouse on the pictures to get information," Loenig.

Rubiner said, "This is 1995 and not being on line is like not being listed in the phone book."

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