Interconnectedness and the Virtual Reality Summer Camp

By Elizabeth Rosner,

July 16, 2021

I was asked months ago to teach at an inaugural virtual summer camp and I eagerly said, "YES!" I am accustomed to Zoom and ensuring online experiential learning so I wasn't intimidated about keeping youth engaged during my talk.

Then, at the initial planning meeting, I found out it is actually a VIRTUAL REALITY summer camp.  This means I created my own avatar, designed a PowerPoint, and learned to navigate the virtual space.  In essence, I learned, at 51, to play a video game!!

Today is my first session, so last night, I entered the space to show my husband where I'll be teaching, and so that I could practice (once again because let's face it, video games are not in my wheelhouse) uploading my PowerPoint and moving my avatar in a natural way as I am speaking.

When I arrived at 9:45p last night, there were two ladies there.  They were discussing, lamenting really, that not as many kids have signed up as they anticipated.  They were concerned that facilitators would be upset and might not show up.

I assured them that I would be there no matter what.  Not knowing whether these ladies have a spiritual practice, I said, "I have a faith tradition, and my Higher Power tells me everyone who is supposed to be here tomorrow will be here! If we start small, it'll give us a chance to work out all the kinks, and we can grow even bigger next year!"

Even though all three of us were speaking to each other with our voices, we were interacting with one another as our avatars in the video space.  One lady said, "It's a God thing that you showed up here when you did!  Thank you for being here and encouraging us!"

Yes, I believe in a God who orchestrates my signing into a video game at almost 10 o'clock at night to bless and encourage others!!

Business and spirituality are inextricably interconnected in my life.  How about you?  I'd love to hear how you merge the two in your world!

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