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Due to COVID-19 concerns, religious services have moved to the metaverse

“It reaches folks who can’t physically attend to church,” says DJ Soto of the metaverse as the future of churchgoing.

COVID-19 is the first religious organisation to offer a virtual reality (VR) service that allows participants to immerse themselves in a 3D virtual reality world and experience spirituality.

During their quarantine for exposure to COVID-19, according to the NZ Herald, Garret Bernal and his family were reportedly absent from a recent Sunday service. Consequently, he put on a virtual reality headset and tried to pray in the metaverse.

While others were led through computer-generated representations of Biblical texts that came to life, he was instantaneously transported to an immersive virtual world of pastures, cliffs, and rivers. This is what Bernal, a Mormon, had to say about the situation:

“I couldn’t have had such an immersive church experience sitting in my pew. I was able to see the scriptures in a new way.”

A pastor in Fredericksburg, Virginia, DJ Soto, has proclaimed the virtues of virtual reality and believes it is a step forward in human self-realization. Because of COVID-19 or other factors, he believes the metaverse holds the key to the future of church attendance. According to DJ Soto in an interview with Cointelegraph, “conversations about technology and spirituality need to coexist.”

“We have people who attend due to COVID-19, or for lack of accessibility to their physical church. We are a Web3 church, a first of its kind, that will lead Christianity into the brave world of cryptocurrency, DAOs, blockchain and other next-generation technologies. Conversations about technology and spirituality need to coexist. We are living in the best of times to experience innovation like this and we are looking forward to the journey ahead.”

In order to build loving spiritual communities in the virtual world, the VR church is established wholly in the metaverse, said Soto.

Soto often found himself speaking to a small group of people who were more interested in discussing religion than in listening to his sermons, as reported by the Herald. According to the paper, his club has subsequently grown to roughly 200 members.

Reverend Jeremy Nickel, a Colorado-based Unitarian Universalist pastor who describes himself as a virtual reality missionary, is cited in the article. When he founded SacredVR in 2017, his goal was to form a community and “move away from the brick and mortar.” After a few dozen members had joined before to the COVID-19 outbreak, hundreds of others joined.

Disclaimer: These are the writer’s opinions and should not be considered investment advice. Readers should do their own research.

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