Technology is a growing aspect of everything we do and it affects just about every aspect of our lives. It’s a big player in education today, but perhaps not as big in religion – at least not as much as a technology guy might like. So when the two are combined for religious education, unfortunately technology follows the trend of religion and less that of education…but I’m working on it….Technology is also very prevalent among the twenty-somethings out there but less so among the 40 and 50 somethings out there….So working at graduate divinity school that serves a lot of 40-50 year old, second career students may seem like I have no shot at moving technology along. Hopefully that is not the case and in fact I know that it isn’t. I have seen a growing trend at CRCDS over the last 11 years in the importance and relevance to technology in religious education and religion in general…Technology means a lot of different things to a lot of different people and so as a supporter of technology services it has to mean all of those things to me! Fortunately, I love it.
Today I want to talk about a small and commonly overlooked aspect of technology used in lectures and religious services everywhere. It’s the microphone….”Can everybody hear me?” I hear this all the time, especially when there is a microphone two feet from the speaker. It is important to realize that NO, everyone cannot hear you. That is why there is a microphone set up for you to use. And no, the person that can’t hear you might not be so anxious to raise their hand, call attention to themselves, and let everyone in the room know that they may be hearing impaired….I know it’s a common ice breaker and a seeming “way out” for the person not comfortable using a microphone. To the comfort thing I say -”You are already standing up in front of the whole room and we are judging you. Use the microphone so that we can do a more effective job of judging you.”
I know technology in the Chapel is often frowned upon and that it can turn people away from getting a good message and giving a good message. But lights and heat are also provided by technology and no one asking to have that stuff turned off. So please, embrace it, use it, stretch it, and let it enhance the message, just like the lights do. And remember, nobody wants to be singled out for presbycusis – especially Presbyterians ….Can I get an amen?!