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Las Posadas at Cayo

Posadas 2014

My turn came up this year last Friday for the Anglican Cathedral’s Posadas, and I played host again to the Holy Family at my island.  Several people visited, and I took one on a tour of the space station while he was there.  (He enjoyed it a lot, despite it being several hundred years ahead of his preferred time period, 1928 Berlin.)  The statues have technically moved on for the year, but I’ve hung on to copies for my own use.  Any who would like to visit through December 24 are welcome.  However, I’d also encourage you to follow the travels of the “actual” Holy Family by joining the Anglicans of Second Life group.  Notices are posted most days on where the Posadas statues will be bound to, and all are welcome to participate in the rites, as well as share fellowship.

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It’s The Bishop!

No, you Python-heads, not in that way.  (Sheesh)

The excellent crowd for the service, with Bishop Tom in front pew

Photo courtesy of the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life

In “reality,” the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life had a visit from its Bishop, the Right Rev. Tom Brown of Wellington, New Zealand. The parish had been preparing for this stop-in, and there was a good turnout for him, some thirty avatars, according to the report from the Cathedral blog. (As I was at work yesterday, I couldn’t get to any service, in world or RL.) And, according to Cady Enoch on her Facebook page, our lay minister, Helene Milena, informed her RL bishop about Bishop Tom’s coming, and he decided he was going to drop in as well, totally unexpected! Add a curate on top of that, all greener than the new-mown virtual grass at using Second Life, and things got a little nerve-wracking for the cathedral team. But it came off swimmingly in the end.

If you’re of the mind, please visit the Cathedral blog link above, and you can read Bishop Tom’s homily, based around the history of the spread of Christianity in New Zealand and the message to be servants as well as leaders.  And, as always, you’re welcome to come and worship with us at one of our many services.

Leadership Team Report August 2010 (via The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life)

It’s been a while since I’ve had anything of large substance to say about the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life. My last piece on them was about the “wild” garden outside the close, back in July.

The Cathedral team has plenty to say themselves, though. Here is their leadership report for this month, at their blog:

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Leadership Team Report August 2010 Things have moved slowly in our deliberations since I last reported. I suppose it happens when many in the northern hemisphere are at a time of taking summer breaks. I had hoped to be able to publish the results of the survey from last year but that is not yet possible. All I can do is apologise and hope I can soon post the information. The new developments around the sim have been well received. We had a commissioning service, reported on earlie … Read More

via The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life

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The Diversity of the Anglican Cathedral

Evening prayer at the Meditation Chapel

I’m an occasional participant in the services at the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life on Epiphany Island.  With an excellent set of volunteer leaders, we have services of prayer and meditation for most of the standard “hours” of the ecclesiastical day.

This photo shows the diversity of our community, sitting in for evening prayer at the Meditation Chapel down the hill from the Cathedral.  As you can see, we respect all comers, no matter gender, ethnicity…or, apparently, species!

Rev. Mark Brown Steps Down from Anglicans of Second Life

Father Mark in Real Life

Father Mark in Real Life

The Reverend Mark Brown stepped down this weekend from his leadership in the Anglicans in Second Life group, the Residents responsible for the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life on Epiphany Island.  Father Mark, ordained a priest in the Anglican Church in New Zealand, was the head of the leadership team within the group, and also offered services in the English Gothic cathedral build, timed for parishioners in the Pacific region time zones.

In his Saturday farewell message, Mark (known in world as Arkin Ariantho) thanked the parish for their support of him, and recalled the work the group has done since early 2007 in building the cathedral and shaping this ministry of the Anglican Communion in a virtual world.  He noted that this kind of gathering of co-religionists from around the Real World, using the power of the Internet, has an ability to bring the Church through the times of controversy and tough decisions.  From a highlights video at the Cathedral blog:

…When someone comes up to you…and argues that this cannot be a real ministry, each of you are proof and evidence to the contrary.  Here we are, assembled from around the world; here we are through the power of the Internet, and we can worship together.  I genuinely believe that, as our church struggles with theological difference, with cultural difference…, this platform of the Internet is one way the Church will be drawn closer into unity…. (I)t may take many years, but that is my offering to you as a thought for the future….

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…As I finish up today, again I want to thank each of you for how you’ve been involved.  In finishing up, this ministry will not finish up.  It will continue, I am certain, to grow from strength to strength, from a quirky idea to deeply relevant; from something on the fringes, to something that will transform the very center of our Church….

The ministry continues in the hands of the Leadership Committee, which organizes regular prayer services and discussion groups on Epiphany.

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Best wishes to Father Mark as he moves on to new aspects of his vocation.  He will remain in world, just not directly involved with the organizational matters of the Cathedral.  You can follow his writings at his personal blog.

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Anglican Cathedral in Second Life Grows for Its Parishoners

Aside from services at the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life (SLurl), or when I’m lighting a candle for a friend in SL or RL who’s in need, I don’t get much over to Epiphany region.  This is a pity, because it’s gotten even more beautiful over the months from when I first visited there and did a short photo essay.  As you’ll notice from those old exterior shots, about the only thing on the crest of the island besides the cathedral itself was the Tudor-inspired Parish House, which served as a meeting house and office complex as well.

Cathedral Plaza 1 Cathedral Plaza 2 Conference Center exterior

That has now changed.  What had been mostly open stone now has been planted around with flowers and trees; equipped with benches, chairs and fountains; and decorated with an ongoing exhibit of art.  And a grey stone conference center stands behind the Parish House.

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Articles on the Anglican Cathedral

Interest in the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life is spreading slowly.  You can read this article from Episcopal Life Online by Lisa Hamilton, which talks about Epiphany Island and the worshipers who attend service there.  In particular, the article spoke about the effort to build a true community, one of the hallmarks of the Church.

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