Tuesday, March 19, 2019

It has been 77 days since the launch of the TryTank Experimental lab - our collaborative initiative with General Seminary - and we are thrilled to announce the first "success story" to emerge: the Alexa Skill Episcopal Prayer app. For those of you with an Alexa, just go to Amazon to download the app. Once it is downloaded, then all you need to do is say, "Alexa, open Episcopal Prayer," and you are then greeted and guided through the prayer for the day. It's amazing!

The theory behind the Alexa Skill is simple: research proves that people who engage with scripture regularly (at least four times a week) are happier, more generous, and even more civic-minded citizens. We hope that it also translates into more church attendance. And it is pretty cool that the Episcopal Church can claim a place in this high-tech landscape. And this is just the beginning!

As of today, the TryTank, lead by the Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija, has 16 experiments in different stages, including a total of 4 in active mode, meaning that they are operating, and they are gathering data to gauge the success or failure of the individual experiment. With all the announced experiments, they anticipate working with some 180 congregations across the country. You can see the full list of experiments on the TryTank website, and you can see where they are on any of them each week by subscribing to their newsletter on the same site. Every Monday you'll get an insider's view of their work.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President
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