Friday, September 03, 2010

Truth Is Stranger #112: The Blessing of the Tech Toys

A Nova Scotia church is offering its congregation a chance to have members' cellphones, laptops and mobile technology blessed -- but Rev. Lisa Vaughn isn't promising the power of God will rid the gadgets of viruses and other kinks.

This Sunday, parishioners at St. Timothy's Anglican Church in Hatchet Lake, N.S., are encouraged to bring in the devices they use to conduct business and to stay in touch with the world.

"Because it's Labour Day weekend, we thought it would be nice to connect people's everyday work tools with worship and gathering together as a church community," said Vaughan.
I sort of kind of get this. A little bit. But I still want to see the picture of a bunch of people holding up their IPhones and laptops to heaven, praying the holy water won't short them out.

Read more about this here.

6 the midrash:

Whimsy said...

I think if a car can be blessed, so can a communication device.

In fact, that God would bless my communication with others, and keep me from visiting foul sites, is a good thing.

Good Show, Madame Pastor!

Jackie said...

heh I was just reading Matthew Kelly's newsletter this morning and his advice is to 'unplug it all' . i.e the laptop, the cellphone. He said he was amazed at how much more present he was with his wife and he challenges everyone to unplug it all for a day or weekend this month.

I would think God feels the same way as Matthew Kelly .

Jenny from Chicago said...

Well, I for one figure It can only help my communication devices.

CMinor said...

Okay, pets and backpacks is kinda sweet. But iPhones?

Bill Hoog said...

Another one of the reasons I don't trust women clergy!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, please, this has nothing to do with women clergy.

It's a great idea -- today's tech tools too often morph into tech toys, and from there they too often bring out the worst in people.

Perhaps a reminder, in the form of a blessing, that one's behavior via email or your blog or texting is as important as your behavior face to face.