I love the way this piece about telecommuting opens: “Work is no longer a place but an activity.” For most of the work I do, there is little reason for me to be in the office; only the occasional human interaction (i.e., a call to my boss’ office) necessitates my presence. I find that I can communicate as meaningfully, and effectively, over electronic media as I can in person.
I think we should consider electronic worship, at least as an alternative forum for those without access to meetinghouses. What are the bars to members meeting on-line, worshipping together on-line, and teaching each other on-line? Are we really going to suggest that the Spirit can’t work effectively over the Internet? Are we more concerned with human interactions? Because I can see how communication online would smooth our interpersonal relationships, not remove them. Let’s ignore for the moment problems of economic disparity within the Church; in North America, at least, those problems are minimal. Certainly we’re making strides towards minimizing the amount of time spent in needless meetings — the e-council is something I’ve blogged about before. But what’s to keep us from saying, “Church is no longer a place but an activity”?
On a side note, why are there no LDS televangelists?