Religion and Spiritual Teaching in VR

2020 Educators in VR International Summit


2020 Educators in VR International Summit brings together educators, learners, researchers, and experts in VR, AR, and XR to share their their passion for integrating immersive technology in education.

Track: General Topics

Religion and Spiritual Teaching in VR

Jeremy Nickels, Reb Zusha Kalet, DJ Soto, Donna McTaggart

Hosted by Donna McTaggart, Jeremy Nickels, Reb Zusha Kalet, and DJ Soto are long-time experts in teaching religion and spirituality in virtual reality. Join this fascinating discussion on their experiences and how VR is more than just a platform for their teaching, but an experience for the users.

DJ Soto, Bishop, VR Church

D.J. Soto began preaching in the world of virtual reality in 2016. He is now the lead pastor of Virtual Reality Church, a church that is intended to be radically inclusive and consistent with Christianity’s long history of adapting to new forms of media. VR Church is the first church to exist entirely in virtual reality. Before VR Church, D.J. received a BA in Theology in 2000, gained experience as a high school computer and music teacher, worked as a photojournalist in broadcast television, and launched a multi-site campus for a mega-church in Pennsylvania. In 2016, DJ and his wife, Kari, created a new apostolic ministry to pioneer new churches across America in unusual places.

Jeremy D. Nickel, Founder of EvolVR, EvolVR

Jeremy D. Nickel thrives at the intersection of spirituality and technology. Ordained by the Unitarian Universalist Association and served seven years as the Spiritual leader of Mission Peak UU Congregation, an interfaith spiritual community in Fremont, CA. He left in 2017 to launch EvolVR. EvolVR is a secular/spiritual community that is creating personal growth experiences in Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Reb Zusha Kalet, Rabbi, Breslove

Reb Zusha Nachman Kalet is a long time VR enthusiast and Rabbi, presenting a long running series of virtual synagogue Shabbat services and open-forum spiritual discussions in AltspaceVR and other virtual social platforms. As a member of the Temple on Peachtree, Atlanta, under the direction of Rabbi Rothchild and Rabbi Sugarman, at 21 he led services, and he was Head of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program and a teacher on the Book of Why for the Adult Education program. His studies include working with Yehezkel Landau, Faculty Associate in Inter-faith relations at Hartford Seminary and Mahmoud Ayob, the Faculty Associate of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations as well as Ingrid Mattson, President of the Islam Society of North America to teach Kabbalah to all of the students. Reb Zusha is co-director of Breslove of Charleston along with his wife, Rachel.

Donna McTaggart, host of Live Loved

Donna McTaggart is the Educators in VR International Summit Manager, spreadsheet expert, and feral speaker chaser. A member of VR Church and VR Church Life in AltspaceVR, she is host of her own spiritual session called "Live Loved," a bible-based devotional meetup that provides spiritual and personal support. She is also host of the Social Media Breakfast in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Chair of Events and Board Member for the Alberta Chapter of the VRARA. In her spare time, she is the founder of KAOS, a consulting services company working with small business to provide cost effective accounting and operational software solutions and implementation services.

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