Walla Walla University Church to get sleep cam

That's a big screen
That’s a big screen
COLLEGE PLACE, Wash. — Walla Walla University Church is introducing its latest technological investment next Sabbath: a sleep cam. A dedicated camera operator will scan the congregation for sleeping members or visitors. WWUC spokesperson, Alexa Bennings, explained that if and when “sleepers” are located, live video of the offending party will be projected onto the sanctuary’s front screen “until the sleeper wakes from his or her slumber.”

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The sleep cam was selected from a range of options explored by the WWUC Church Board to combat pervasive church napping. “We looked at everything: harder pews, louder organ music, poles for deacons on sleep patrol, the list went on and on,” said Bennings.

Church Board members finally chose the sleep cam after reaching a consensus that the social pressure of being filmed snoozing would provide the best “light-hearted reminder to everyone that church is not for sleeping.”

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Some members have protested the move, claiming that live video of members napping could break the flow of the service. Bennings acknowledged that “the first few times we bust someone things might get a little out of hand,” but that in the long-term, “people will get to bed on time on Friday night.”


23 Comments

  1. Richard Mills

    Let’s expand this cam stuff to SDA college & university classrooms, church board meetings & other SDA events. Maybe at the 2015 GC meeting in Texas. Wait a minute– with the WO thing, the 29th Fund belief, elections, etc. there ain’t gonna be much time for napping!! In our church, we play the song, “Wake Up Little Susie”. Works every time!!Woe is me!!

  2. Elizabeth Palumbo

    May I suggest running a gentle electric currant thru the padded seats. Those caught napping get an unseen prodding from “ahem” below. The ripple effect across the church would be awesome.

  3. Ricky

    Your sometimes FUNNY (on RARE OCCASIONS) and HILARIOUSLY FOOLISH and OFTEN RIDICULOUS AND SILLY BEYOND MEASURE, quotes, anecdotes go way to far toward SACRILEGIOUS NONSENSE. While I know and acknowledge you mean NO HARM (???). There is a LIMIT TO EVERYTHING except, I GUESS, for you who have nothing sensible to contemplate.
    ENJOY and PLEASE DON’T HAVE TOO MUCH FUN. :) :) :)

  4. Karen

    Is this where tithe money goes? This is the most ridiculous thing I have heard in awhile. Perhaps if the pastor has rousing applicable interesting sermons…people wouldn’t sleep in church. And turn the heat down. In more ways than one. You really think focusing on snoozers will grow the church?

  5. Bruce Dixon

    No room for people with sleep apnea? Fun time for all but the afflickted! What about including shots of the nose pickers, and the yawner’s and gum chewer’s. Wouldn’t that be great entertainment. I believe you need to rethink the idea. My vote is forget this shameful idea.

  6. Randall Nelson

    You have nothing better to spend tithe money on?????? This is ridiculous, or maybe stupid is a better word for it. I have never been a church sleeper, but there were a few times where I was out a good share of Friday night on a rescue or fire call that I did nod off. You would actually have the nerve to embarrass somebody like this. I would definitely NEVER darken the doorway of your church again……….

      • This “joke” is a clear demonstration of the misuse of minds and valuable tools. The net should be used for information, especially when it throws a light on an institution like WWU and it’s church services, not for stupidity. I was refered to this site from another sight by FB and I assume others will be as well. Your joke appeared to be the real article and would as such appear as further evidence of the Adventist church being just a cult. Is THIS really the way you jokesters want the world to see us? Perhaps you should realise that MANY do not know that you cannot trust all you read…note the sad results of our last two presidential elections…and do beleive that it has to be true if it is on the internet….TRY to THINK about the unintended consequences of any joke, especially if it can go viral, BEFORE you put itout there!

  7. Penny Carey

    Tithe money doesn’t stay at the local church, by the way, so for those so worried about the tithe monies, you can rest comfortably knowing your precious 10% (most don’t even pay that) won’t be spent on the sleep cam.

  8. Wakeful WWU Alum

    Hilarious! You picked a good one for satire. The pews at WWU couldn’t GET any harder or the backs of them angled at a more uncomfortable slant, Alex’s preaching can’t be slept through, and the volume of that tremendous organ would raise the dead. Love the photo caption. Well done, BA!

  9. BadVentist 1844

    What’s next? Public flogging? This is why I’m no longer a member of the SDA church. Social shaming its members to follow the rest of the flock in whatever direction they are going at the time. Wake up Sheeple…the grass is greener on the other side.

  10. BadVentist1844

    No, thankfully I still have that intact. Despite all of the emotional damage the that the church did to me. But it wouldn’t surprise me if they did start doing something like that.

  11. Bill

    I think if I was caught sleeping and showed on a screen the next week i would not be in church. I have almost quit going to church because I do have trouble staying awake not matter how much sleep I get the night befor

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