Protestant churches in central Germany plan to install Wi-Fi hotspots in its 3,000 regional churches, known as “Godspots”.
Churches belonging to the EKD (Evangelical Church of Germany), with Reformed Protestant and Lutheran adherents, decided on May 13 to equip churches with Wi-Fi hotspots.
The churches have launched an online and poster campaign for “Godspots” which says; “Our free offer is available to an increasing number of churches in Berlin and Brandenburg, please pay attention to our posters”.
People will be able to access the “Godspots” both inside and outside, and the church is promising a secure network with no advertising. Users will first be greeted by a home page with information about the building, community and faith-related material, but then they’ll be free to browse the wider web with no registration or login required.
The Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Oberlausitz (EKBO) said the “godspots” offer is first being installed in some 220 churches in Berlin and Brandenburg. It’s the first time a state-wide Church has offered such a service.
Among the first to get connected will be Berlin’s French Cathedral on the central Gendarmenmarkt square, and the city’s iconic Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
Defending the initiative, Fabian Blatner, IT manager for the EKBO says:
“People are no less spiritual than before. But the places of communication have shifted, much takes place in digital social networks and communities.
“With godspot we want to build a safe Protestant church that is a familiar abode in the digital world.”
While church wi-fi might seem unusual, this may be intended to kill boredom during long sermons, making it a thing of the past in Berlin and Brandenburg.
Although the federal government has promised to abolish a rule that makes network providers responsible for the actions of their users – such as copyright theft – the Church’s network will be online before the law is repealed.