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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.

SL’s Anglican Cathedral to Hold Festival of Lessons and Carols

Many around the world are familiar with a Christmas tradition held each year at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England.  The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols has been performed almost contiuously since 1918, and broadcast around the world by the BBC since the 1930s.

This year, the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life will host its own version of the Festival, with readings from the stories of the Bible by parishioners.  There will be two services, one today (December 19) at 10:30 p.m. SLT, and the second on December 20 at noon SLT.  All are welcome to come and listen to these messages.  Readings will be by voice, so please have your voice chat activated to listen to the service.

More information about the Festival, as well as other services planned for the week of 4 Advent and Christmas Eve/Christmas Day can be found at the Cathedral blog.

UPDATE, December 22:

The Cathedral’s blog has a piece on the two services, complete with links to YouTube performances of the carols by various groups.

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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