Google has unveiled a new service which aims to make faith more accessible and engaging.
Google’s Faith Technology initiative aims to “empower the public and empower faith communities through technology”.
“We believe the future of faith is to empower people and families to connect with their faith in ways that are interactive, meaningful and inclusive,” the initiative’s website says.
“Through this project, we are helping people to find a sense of meaning and purpose through their faith experiences.
Faith Technology is about helping people make connections with their past, present and future.”
The initiative will offer “interactive experiences that engage faith communities and their members”.
Google has set up a community of faith communities across the UK, including one in Liverpool, where faith leaders have been offering free services for months.
“The focus of the project is to give people access to technology that gives them a richer understanding of the experience of faith,” said John Clements, executive director of Google Faith, in a statement.
“This includes the ability to communicate more easily and effectively with faith communities in a way that is engaging and fun.”
The service will also be available in Ireland, where the Church of Ireland has partnered with faith technology company, Spirit.
The company says it has seen an increase in online engagement with faith.
“We are excited to partner with Google to make the service more accessible, more inclusive and accessible to more people,” said Clements.
Google also announced a new initiative to give online service providers access to a “bible-themed” Google News service, and is working with Catholic dioceses in the US to bring the service to their countries.
Google Faith aims to provide a “great platform for people of all faiths to share their stories and experiences with faith”.
Google’s mission is to create “a world in which the power of human connection, discovery, and empathy is shared by the world”.