Residents of the dahlia Langnau residential and nursing home follow the in-house sermon live on TV, an important ritual enabled by Swisscom’s state-of-the-art technology. 10 a.m. on Friday is an important permanent fixture in the weekly schedule of dahlia Lenggen’s residents: they meet up for the sermon.
On this particular Friday, Pastor Roland Jordi gives a warm welcome to about 15 “churchgoers” in the recreation room of a living group by bumping elbows with them. Normally, the residents would now gather around in a large circle with the eight other living groups in the main room. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic and refurbishment, this is not advisable. In order to ensure that the other residents can watch the service, dahlia’s management team came up with something: the sermon is broadcast live on the TVs in all recreation rooms. For example, in the neighbouring living group some residents are sitting expectantly in front of the TV at five to ten – including former publican, Hermann Neuenschwander. “I found faith here in the nursing home. Pastor Jordi holds the best sermons; I get a lot out of them,” he says.