YUBA CITY, Calif. — It was almost midnight on a cold Thursday in October when I began the drive from the Sacramento International Airport toward my hotel. Google Maps estimated the trip would be about 39 minutes. In a few hours, I would meet with members of the metaverse campus of Cornerstone Church of Yuba City for the first time in the flesh.
As I rolled through the quiet blackness of what seemed like endless miles of unlit farmland along Highway 99, I imagined what it would be like at the church as I sped toward the lights of the small town where feral chickens roam free.
The church, led by Pastor Jason Poling, had planned a weekend of activities that would include fellowship at the church on Friday, a road trip to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on Saturday, plus a physical worship service and potluck on Sunday when we’d get to meet with the full church family.