Saturday, December 06, 2008

Cloud Computing and Religion: A pastor's confession

All that is changing now. So-called "cloud computing" -- using software online, writing and storing documents at a Web site accessible anywhere, moving seamlessly from office to home to hotel to airport lounge, from workstation to laptop to smartphone -- has ended my bondage to a single C: drive.

In a parallel development, I have discovered that prayer can happen anywhere. Prayer doesn't require pew or book. In fact, the God who is found elsewhere often seems more vivid and complex than the managed presentation of denomination or parish.

Faith, it seems, is profoundly portable. We are descended from wanderers, after all, who found God "on the way," not in a place.

Lest you deem this a pallid so-what discovery, think about how much energy we devote to sustaining buildings and places. Think about our devotion to denomination and tradition and the way we compartmentalize, as if work and faith were unrelated enterprises.

Think about the caustic divisions by which religions undermine societies. Think about the arrogance of right-opinion, which is little more than insisting my sandbox is better than yours.

I find the "cloud computing" and "cloud religion" eras profoundly liberating. I can work anywhere and seek God anywhere.


Disclaimer: BTW, our Church here in The Netherlands too is rather cloud savvy. We stream live sessions to our families across the globe. We use presentations. We give workshops and also are working on extending our experience across other comminities.

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