VR Church Bible is one of many evolving spiritual spaces in the metavers. It has seen its size and popularity increase dramatically during the pandemic. COVID-19†
Founded in the United States in 2016 by means of DJ Sotoa pastor based in FredericksburgVirginia, VR Church Bible has seen the number of participants increase year after year.
†Some religious people said, “Hey! I want to help and volunteer” and so there was a revelation and I think we started a new type of church“, said DJ Soto†
†We have all the functions of a physical church, or what you define as a physical church and we express it here in the metaverse†
When they increased the number of shifts every week, DJ Soto said it did psychological change†
†We are no different from other churches, physically or in the metaversehe said, explaining that she “now interact with hundreds of people in live worship. Our influence is certainly in the thousands†
“Making Manuscripts More Meaningful”
Garret Bernalwho first attended the event and identifies as a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints, applauded and praised the construction of the church in virtual reality.
†They have 3D artwork so they have verses installed everywhere and for that they installed 3D artwork“, he said.
†I could read the verses, especially these buildings, and I could see a rendering of the verse I was reading, which made the manuscripts much more meaningful to me†
Mr. Soto believes the future of church attendance lies in the metaverse, because “it makes it possible to reach people who cannot physically attend churchhe stated.
Alina Delpi is one of those people. In 2010he was diagnosed with a disease neurovascular who locked her up in her house.
†When you have a chronic illness and can no longer participate in what others are doing, people slowly but surely drift away. So it was just me, my husband and our cats“, she says.
The VR Church has changed all that, she believes.
†Suddenly you have strength again. Suddenly we are important again. Suddenly you’re human again‘ she said crying.
†Suddenly you feel like you can do anything in the world, when you’re told over and over that you can’t do anything anymore.†
RV better than being in a physical church?
Delp was ordained a priest of the VR Church and was one of many to be baptized there. However, some have questioned the validity of virtual sacraments, such as baptism, in the Metaverse.
†Theological reflections are like our bodies and our matter, partly because God came in human form and showed great compassion and empathy for people“, said Paul Raushenbush of Interreligious Youth Core†
†So, as we increasingly meet in digital spaces, what are the consequences?†
†Christian theologians have yet to think about what it means when they come together in digital spaceshe added.
But while some question whether a church can really exist in virtual reality, others feel that the experience can be equal to, and sometimes better than, a physical church.
†Many congregations – and this includes all denominations, all religions – think the building matters“, said Jeremy Nickelfounder from Evolvra meditation room in the Metaverse.
†They think the church is the building, or the mosque is the building, or the temple is the building. The church, the temple, the mosque or the synagogue, it’s the people, it’s the things you do together, it’s how you change the world together. And so we don’t have this illusion†
Soto explains that it is not about avataror what they want to look like, but of the true mind-to-mind connection that takes place in the metaverse and its spiritual spaces like VR Church†
†It’s just crazy what we can do now. I can’t imagine what it will look like in eight yearshe stated.
Article translated from English