Yesterday I created a word cloud (“a visualization of word frequency in a given text as a weighted list” – Wikipedia) to use as a home page banner for PUMC’s “Beliefs and Practices” page. I wound up doing a different graphic for it, but the process got me thinking about the UMC’s The Book of Discipline, which I have in PDF, especially after I posted on Facebook about the busy, overloaded website. What would the Discipline look like in word cloud form?

The first image below is a randomly created word cloud of the entire Discipline. The second image is a randomly created word cloud of the Discipline‘s “Part IV: Social Principles.” Click on each image to see a larger version. I invite the reader to draw their own conclusions.

The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2008
Discipline 2008

Part IV: Social Principles
Social Principles 2008

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