Alexa, tell me about God: the Church of England faucets Amazon device to spread Christian message

File photo – Members of the clergy enter York Minster before a service to consecrate Reverend Libby Lane as the first female bishop in the Church of England, in York, in the north of England on 26 January 2015. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

The Church of England is the use of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant to answer questions about the faith and the spread of the Christian message.

This week, the municipality started with her Alexa skill, which is essentially an app for the popular voice-assistant. Via the Alexa skill, users can ask the Church of England for the prayers, the explanation of the faith, as well as information about the local church, events and services.

According to the Church of England, the skill of focusing on the promotion of the users of the knowledge of the Christian faith by answering questions such as: what is the Bible? Who is God? What is a Christian?


Users activate the skill with the command “Alexa, open the Church of England.” In a YouTube video posted of the Church of England, the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu asks Alexa to the Church of England ability to read, the Prayer of the Lord.

The Church of England is planning to launch a similar service for Google Homepage and Apple’s HomePod. “We plan to ensure that users are more answers to the faith questions and to explore on other platforms in the future,” he said in a statement.

Alexa has given a lot of attention this week after a woman who claimed that her Amazon Echo-Stip recorded her private conversation and sent it to a person on her contact list.

In a statement to Tom’s Guide, Amazon blamed the situation on a series of bizarre misunderstandings.

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