Connecting digitally during the Eucharist

From The Houston Chronicle:

While some preachers may frown upon the use of cell phones and laptops in church on Sundays, one Katy-area pastor is encouraging people to keep their wireless devises on so they connect through the Internet and social networking sites during a new service.

Starting Sept. 12, Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 West Grand Parkway South, will kick off its first Saturday evening service called The Gathering Place. The 6 p.m. service will feature the same elements of traditional church including music, preaching, communion and prayer as well as an interactive component that will allow members and visitors to ask questions or make comments via the Internet.

“There’s a virtual community out there and we’re going to tap into how that might work for the church,” said Rev. Darrel Proffitt, the church’s lead pastor. “It’s more than just a virtual interactive service where you can ask questions through Twitter and Facebook, but will encourage people to develop a community throughout the week.”

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  1. As long as decorum is maintained, I suppose. Personally, the one electronic aid I could see myself using in church is an electronic bible — being able to look up a passage in its KJV/NKJV/Vulgate variants is quite useful.

    (Editor’s note: Thanks, Michel. We need your full name next time.)

  2. Gia Hayes-Martin

    I can’t help being saddened by this. We are quietly and thoroughly replacing genuine human contact with our digital devices, and I always look forward to church as a place where I can engage with people without technology as an intermediary. I can’t have community with a piece of plastic and silicon, sorry.

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