How do religious and spiritual communities manifest online, offline, locally and globally?
D.J. Soto leads VR Church, a faith community that worships in virtual reality. He partners with faith leaders in other countries to offer five different services on Sundays.
Xenia Zeiler is an associate professor of South Asian studies at the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on online expressions of Hinduism and the relationship between video games and religion.
Tim Hutchings is an assistant professor of religious ethics at the University of Nottingham. His dissertation was about online Christian churches and his research remains focused on digital religion.
Ann Gleig is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida, where she studies Asian religions and the intersection of religion, gender and sexuality. Her first book, American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity, includes an exploration of online Buddhist meditation communities.
The Rev. Jerold Garber is the founding minister of First United Church of Christ Second Life, the first virtual reality church to be given full standing by a mainline Protestant denomination.
Nabil Echchaibi is the associate director of the Center for Media, Religion and Culture at the University of Colorado Boulder. He studies Muslim identity politics, with an emphasis on how online activities affect organized religion.
Eric Burch helps lead the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Second Life, a virtual faith community for users of the video game Second Life.
Chade-Meng Tan became famous for launching and leading the Search Inside Yourself mindfulness course at Google for his fellow employees. He now leads the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and writes and speaks about the value of mindfulness training.