Making a spiritual, digital connection
There once was a time when religious leaders used to sit down with pen and paper to write their weekly sermon or message. And when they needed to reach out to their congregation or the community, they or staff would often have to wait to do so via the “weekly bulletin.”
Technology has changed that.
Now, not only do church leaders and faith-based organizations use technological tools like the Internet to communicate with their congregations and the community at large, they say it has become a necessity.
“I believe all congregations in the church, located in areas with Internet access, have an individual Web site through lds.org,” says Kathie Brough, a spokeswoman with the Tri-Valley wards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Baptized members have access to their congregation’s Web site, which has a calendar of activities, opportunities to communicate with other members and other pertinent information.”
Brough says she must communicate with members of stakes and wards on a daily basis. She adds one of the most important use of the Internet for members is to listen to LDS Prophet and President Gordon B. Hinckley and other leaders during the church’s General Conference…