ICF Zurich, an evangelical church in Switzerland, has started taking voluntary offerings from its parishioners in the form of digital currency. Its website shows the church accepts offerings directly through Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ether (ETH), Ripple (XRP) and Stellar Lumen (XLM).
The church spokesperson Nicolas Legler revealed to the Swiss news agency Idea:
“Digital currencies and the blockchain technology will change our daily lives more and more in the next years.”
“Cryptocurrencies will be implemented, be it Bitcoin or other currencies controlled by the State. We are convinced that this technology will soon belong to our daily lives. Twenty years ago, no one would have believed that internet would determine our lives so much. We also accept donations in Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple and Stellar Lumen.”
Preach to the young
An evangelical European news portal stated the said church is known for incorporating all types of innovative technologies in its worship services. The church is also composed of many young members, some of them “are increasingly using this way of doing financial transfers.” This explains why the church is now taking cryptocurrency. With the popularity of virtual currency especially among young individuals in Switzerland, the move can help the church appear innovative and relevant specifically to the younger generation.
Young people are transforming the face of charity through digital currency. Take for example Pineapple Fund, the $86 million Bitcoin charity which donated to various benevolent causes from developing a treatment to PTSD, to fighting elephant poachers and so much more. Another notable example is Paxful’s #BuiltWithBitcoin initiative aimed at helping finance 100 schools in developing countries.