United Methodist Communications has launched a French-language portal at UMC.org, the official website of The United Methodist Church. The site provides resources, history, news and other information about the denomination, including details about General Conference 2016, the quadrennial legislative global event set for May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon. The URL for the new site is francophone.umc.org?.
"Providing a French-language website presence continues our efforts to support the French-speaking church," said Dan Krause, chief executive of the denomination's communications agency. "United Methodist Communications also provides websites in English, Spanish and Korean. Over the next quadrennium, we are committed to growing in our support of ministries in all of the official global languages of The United Methodist Church."
The United Methodist Church has more than 12 million members throughout the world, including members in French-speaking countries, such as Europe’s France and Switzerland, and Africa’s Côte d'Ivoire and Democratic Republic of Congo.For the African communities, where information may be limited, access to the French-language portal is especially significant, says Côte d'Ivoire native Isaac Broune, a member of the French content team.