The Electronic Campfire

The emergence of TV changed New York City neighborhoods in the 1940s. The science-fiction writer William Gibson made the following observation: “Fewer people sat out on the stoops at night and talked to their neighbors, and it was because everyone was inside watching television. No one really noticed it at the time as a kind of epochal event, which I think it was.”

The explosion of smartphone use in the last few years shows that history repeats, but with unforeseen consequences. Miracles exist in the palm of our hand and never have we been more connected, but then never have we been more isolated.

In this sermon, Rev Christopher Johnson examines the dark mirror of the Internet and technology and explores the importance of real-world organizations such as our church, as the vital real-world link in connecting people with both their neighbors and their own humanity. Our society may drive us towards our own little private walled gardens, but as a tree with many leaves, we all share roots in the Divine.