Here's a nice short article on multi-sensory prayer
from an excellent UK website on the Emerging Church
it speaks of what I am doing - not so much multimedia as multi-sensory
It seems to me that "multi" is what the postmodern arena is all about
multiple voices - multi-cultural, multi-faith - multiple/global perspectives
multiple meanings - multivalent - language and images are more symbolic than literal
multi-sensory - 'the medium/environment is the message' - experiential communication
multiple-intelligences - multiple stimuli affect different people in different ways
multi-directional - communication and experience are immersive
multiple-options - choice, interactivity
multiple-characters - role playing, avatars, multiple signatures
multiple endings - open-ended narratives, the story isnt over yet
there are a few more bits to this and I've been working it up from both the practical and more theoretical ends.
of course, all of these things can be 'good' or 'bad', which many church folks don't seem to get. the automatic assumption is that 'multiple' is wrong and I'm trying to work out why that is. suggestions welcome. after all, we have a multiple/triune deity. that's the whole point, isn't it - god and the universe and everything are very multi, and most of our finiteness is about being unitary so as to understand
and cope with ourselves and others.
I can feel a workshop coming on....