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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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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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Peace Garden at the Anglican Cathedral

A small patch of rough ground lies just outside the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life, in Epiphany region.  It has a few benches for sitting, a swing or two hanging from the trees down toward the cliff face, and a few sheep to help do the mowing (in lieu of a parish work team [grin]).

This little park was there before, but it was dedicated as a formal garden and a part of the church foundation and close this past Sunday (July 18), along with other additions to the fabric of the region and buildings.  Though not exactly planned that way, the sign you see in foreground was my own contribution to this plot of land.  I took the texture from a scan of a doorpost plaque that you can purchase at Episcopal bookstore here in the United States, and created a small piece that I put up on the door of my current house, then offered it as well to the Cathedral.  The Committee stretched it into a large size and made it sort of a welcome sign for the new Peace Garden.  I was greatly flattered when Helene Milena of the ministry team let me know what they were doing.

In a future article (after I return from a vacation with my family), I’ll photograph and explore the other additions to our beautiful Cathedral.  For now, you can follow the link above to get a transcript of the entire service of commisioning that was held.  For this garden, the service was this:

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THE PEACE PLAQUE

Readings

Isaiah 26:3-4

Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—
in peace because they trust in you.
Trust in the LORD for ever,
for in the LORD GOD
you have an everlasting rock.

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

Reflection

Peace. Something that is often hard to come across in the often noisy worlds we live in. Even if our surroundings are quiet, our minds are often still chattering as we think of the next dozen jobs we need to do. Peace does not come when the sounds of the world are silenced, though being in beautiful peaceful surroundings can help. Peace comes by trusting in God. It has a different quality from worldly peace. Knowing God is there as our ‘everlasting rock’ allows us to experience peace regardless of circumstances.

THE PARISH GARDEN

Readings

Genesis 2:8-9

And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

Reflection

Who hasn’t had their breath taken away by the beauty of the world! So many wonderful things are available for us to enjoy: things on a grand scale like mountains and lakes; things on a small scale like tiny butterflies and delicate feathers. All come from the hand of the Creator for our enjoyment. We just need to stop for a little while to appreciate the wonder that is everywhere we look, even in the most unpromising places. If we find ourselves unable to pray all we need to do is look and thanksgiving should flow from us as we observe God’s handiwork.

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!

Las Posadas Comes to SL’s Anglican Community

In Latin American countries, the Advent tradition of Las Posadas is observed in the nine days before Christmas.  This tradition celebrates the journey of Joseph and the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem, where Christ will be born.

Our Anglican Cathedral community in Second Life has adapted this tradition for the Grid’s holiday season.  Parishioners have volunteered to “host” statues of the holy couple each night until they complete their journey at the Cathedral on Epiphany Island.  Each Resident hands off the statues to the next host daily, with the journey ending on Christmas Eve.  Some are hosting parties in conjunction, similar to the tradition I first learned about in Disney’s The Three Caballeros.

It’s my pleasure to be helping out with the hosting today; while I am not staging a party, I do have the statues on my outside deck.  Visitors are welcome to come and view Mary and Joseph; they will be in place until some time Tuesday morning North American time.  You may teleport to my house; while I don’t anticipate crowds, I would ask visitors to please be respectful of my neighbors (grin).

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UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.:

The Holy Family have moved on for the day to their next destination.  I passed them on to Chaz Longstaff and his partner, Kip Ashbourne.  A quickie picture of them before I depart to other areas:

Chaz is on the left.  It was a pleasure to meet and talk with them; Chaz comes from Toronto, and Kip is a fellow Midwesterner, hailing from Chicago.  May their time with the Holy Family be blessed.

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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