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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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Whale Fall

Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall

Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy

What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors

I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
I race through the human sea
I am the king!

I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run

We're strolling on that thin rope
we grope as we rope
we're true heros
we're the survivors

we're the scavengers
we're the friends
we're the lovers
we're the unbred

Soon awaiting the fall
we're lurking on us
we're osedaxing us
we're soon going to be done
we'll soon be arrested

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