when worship gets wired
BIERSDORFERMAY 2002 live full-
Color images of cameras placed around the room begin to appear on the wall
The projection screen was installed and the crowd began to calm down in anticipation.
The room was filled with stylish video and audio equipment and illuminated by dramatic lighting, but the event was not stage production, sporting events or television --show taping.
Sunday morning is the church.
Specifically, this is Calvary Hill praise Cathedral, a Pentecostal church in Kensington District, Brooklyn, using the latest video displays and professional sound equipment to strengthen and enliven the worship of its members
The hymns lyrics are superimposed on the chorus\'s live footage, and the priest can see it on the screen no matter where he is sitting.
It is comparable to the sound reproduction of the concert hall.
Calvary cathedral is not alone: places of worship are rising all over the country --
Technology in a variety of ways.
From the digital sound system to the PowerPoint sermon outline, to multiple remote cameras that send streaming webcasts, technology has discovered religion ---
Or maybe the opposite way.
\"The church, like everyone else, is focusing on the power of their communications,\" said Randal Lemke, executive director of the International Communications Industry Association of audio-visual Industries Group, based in Va Fairfax.
\"They have a lot of young people with very visual effects.
They try to use the same technology that people use in business and entertainment.
\"The Advertising Association sponsors InfoComm, an annual trade show that showcases products and developments in the audio-visual industry. Dr.
While religious groups have long been on the show to learn new audio products, Lemke said their interest in video projection and presentation systems has risen significantly over the past five years.
Sam Berkow, a consultant at Walters, said ads \"obviously have a tendency to produce better\"
Story k Design Group, responsible for integrating complex sound and video systems into the Central Synagogue of the reformed Jewish congregation on the East Side of Manhattan.
\"Once people can buy reasonable sound reproduction systems for home for $500, such as CD players and a pair of speakers, their expectations for sound quality multiply.
\"Many churches are looking into how to offer webcasts and engage in other ways through the Internet, worshiping the magazine\'s technical publisher and inspiration organizer, Sherra Rogers, said the annual conference focused on new technologies for religious institutions.
\"The larger church already has all the fancy features like video projection, screen and very good sound system . \"Rogers said.
\"Now the growth we \'ve found is in churches with 500 seats and underneath.
360 pastor John Las.
Christian Fellowship in Weiling\'s VineyardVa.
Over the past 18 years, he has used the Sony demo projector system in his weekly service to display announcements and hymns lyrics, and to present occasional clips from the Hollywood film Heart of the heart, to strengthen the main points of his sermon.
I like movies, he said.
\"If a picture is worth thousands of words, then a video must be worth millions.
\"Rock, a Christian church among sects in Roseville, California.
Led by senior Pastor Francis anfauso, the church interaction is elevated to a new level.
The church has 330-
A shelter with a big seat.
Screen TV with built-in seat handrails and integrated keyboard.
Buttons on the keyboard allow members of the congregation to answer multiple questions
Selection questions raised by the pastor during service.
The answers to these questions usually involve subtle questions such as emotional abuse or consumption habits, which will soon be sorted into percentages. (
A recent question is \"how many of you have tried to commit suicide? \'\')
The priest received a response on the spot and adjusted his sermon, telling about the life experience of solving the concerns of the congregation.
\"The main vision of the pastor preaching this service is monologue and turning it into dialogue,\" says church administrator Brett Drury . \".
The rocks in Roseville have their own custom software
The keyboard was built, but commercial projects for this church system also exist.
Fowler production company located in orclnorman.
It helped many churches integrate audio.
Their services make Windows-
Based on the program called SongShow Plus, the slides are combined
Use a database of hymns lyrics and biblical scriptures that can be displayed with a demo projector to make features.
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Large churches with demo systems already integrated over the years are looking for new ways to use the equipment.
Fraser Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
, With video and audio devices to make their own TV shows and streaming network broadcasts for Sunday services (www. frazeronline. tv)
For those interested in physically not being able to go to church. Remote-
The control camera is placed at 2,300-
Like the baptism zone, the seating reserve is hard to see.
While preaching, the priest uses the remote control to browse the PowerPoint slides displayed on the large screen by two NEC Nighthawk projectors.
Advertising-enhanced audio and video can prove helpful to older members of the congregation, not just teenagers who are restless.
\"Generally speaking, high
\"Things like technology, I tend to think that young people are the most affected,\" says Rasti Taylor, Fraser\'s business administrator . \".
\"But frankly, what I found to really like about it is the elderly, because it zoomed in their words and made them close to each other --
No matter where they sit, they can take pictures or give them a good seat.
\"Of course, many churches have found that video effects are attractive to young members who grew up in computers, video games and summer action movies.
Brian berm has participated in the Lutheran Church of the northern highlands in Minnesota.
For most of his 24 years, he said he appreciated the technology as long as it didn\'t cast a shadow on the service.
\"What is more important to me is the essence of the matter,\" he said . \"
The Church has recently added weekly service to young people, said berm.
\"This is not adding flash to the service ---
They must change what they are saying.
What is related to 40-year-
For 20-year-olds, it\'s always different. year-Old College students.
\"Calvary compliments osbourn Ross, administrator of the Cathedral, saying that when complex sound and video systems were incorporated into their worship services, some members of the congregation were initially vigilant.
\"They thought we were doing too much, too fine,\" he said . \"
\"After a while they settled in and realized that it was a wave of the future and we needed to move in that direction.
\"Although it may be the biggest obstacle to gaining recognition from members, integration is high
Bringing technology into places of worship also poses other challenges.
The Central Synagogue, a landmark Moorish Revival building built in 1872, was meticulously rebuilt after a devastating fire almost destroyed it in 1998.
\"In 1872, they didn\'t consider distributed sound systems, reverb, or video because it didn\'t exist,\" he said . \"
Design consultant Berkow.
He went on to design a system that would properly amplify the 4,600 spoken and musical content of the synagogue
Pipe the organ by carefully inserting the speaker and microphone, as well as the camera, into the interior of the building\'s re-creation.
\"Aesthetic considerations are extreme . \"Berkow said.
\"The Ark is a major architectural feature in the Central Synagogue, and you are not allowed to block it.
You can\'t put the speakers in front.
Robert Scott, sales manager at Fowler Design Group, who works on the church system across the country, said: \"If you have a church with clean ceilings, hanging the projector from the ceiling is not an option, as it is now becoming notable and drawing attention to the device itself, which we do not want to do.
We want to attract people\'s attention to the information that appears on the screen and on the screen. \'\'St.
Mary\'s Cathedral is located in the Catholic Church of Covington, Kentucky.
, Incorporating a powerful sound system into its majestic 950-
In a recent renovation, the seating reserve.
The main speaker is disguised in the same color as the room Post.
Jennifer Webb, executive director of the Cathedral Foundation, said: \"Guided Tours challenge people to find speakers . \" The Foundation is a group that maintains the building.
No matter what sectarian advertising is, communicating information is the goal of any religious institution, and technology will undoubtedly play an increasingly important role.
For 2,000 years, he said, the information has not changed. Scott said.
The way we send messages to our congregation-
This is what is changing.
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A version of the article appears on page G00001 of the National edition in May 16, 2002, with the title: When worship is wired.