ChatGPT and Liturgy

Date: December 19, 2022

AI (Artificial Intelligent) is a key development of our time. So, when I learned about ChatGPT, I was curious to see how good the AI really was. So, I signed up for the program. And I made my first request: I asked ChatGPT to “Write a Christian Liturgy for a funeral of a pet.” In about ten seconds, the following had appeared:

Dear friends and family,

We have gathered here today to remember and celebrate the life of our beloved pet. Though they may have been small in size, they brought great joy and love into our lives.

As Christians, we believe that God created all living creatures and that they have a special place in His heart. We trust that our pet is now in the loving arms of our Lord, reunited with all of God’s creatures in heaven.

Let us pray:

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of our beloved pet. We are grateful for the joy and love they brought into our lives. We trust that they are now with you in heaven, surrounded by your love and care.

Comfort us in our grief and help us to remember the good times we shared with our pet. May the love and memories we have of them sustain us in the days ahead.

We pray for all those who are grieving the loss of a beloved pet today. May they find comfort in your love and care.

In your holy name we pray, Amen.

As we lay our pet to rest, let us take comfort in the promise of eternal life with God. May they rest in peace and may we one day be reunited with them in heaven. Amen

This is both impressive and a little scary. Educational institutions will have to monitor these products which can create B grade assignments in seconds. But, more positively, if we have a tool that can create an original product, then how can the Church use these tools. Can daily meditations be crafted for a particular profession or concern? Can it help with sermon writing? Can it provide the most appropriate joke for a moment? I sense the world has changed because of this technology. We all now need to make sure it is used wisely.

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

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