The prayer companion: openness and specificity, materiality and spirituality

@inproceedings{Gaver2010ThePC,
  title={The prayer companion: openness and specificity, materiality and spirituality},
  author={William W. Gaver and Mark Blythe and Andy Boucher and Nadine Jarvis and John Bowers and Peter C. Wright},
  booktitle={CHI},
  year={2010}
}
In this paper we describe the Prayer Companion, a device we developed as a resource for the spiritual activity of a group of cloistered nuns. The device displays a stream of information sourced from RSS news feeds and social networking sites to suggest possible topics for prayers. The nuns have engaged with the device enthusiastically over the first ten months of an ongoing deployment, and, notwithstanding some initial irritation with the balance of content, report that it plays a significant… CONTINUE READING
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