Welcome to the Anglican Cathedral of Second Life! We are a distinctively Anglican church within the virtual world of Second Life with worship spaces, services and events which are open to all who wish to visit. Our vision is to build an Anglican church in Second Life which:
- is grounded in worship and prayer, seeking to be a bridge between our rich Anglican heritage and contemporary society.
- gives those involved in Second Life an opportunity to explore or deepen their faith in God, who loves them and seeks a relationship with them.
- encourages Christians from different countries and theological persuasions to work together to the glory of God.
- is a community which welcomes and serves others, and is known for its love and care.
- is recognized as an integral part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
You can read our complete vision statement here.
What do we do?
We have changed and grown a lot in the five and a half years of our Second Life ministry. Anglican worship services are held daily on Epiphany Island, both in the cathedral and in our smaller meditation chapel. A weekly Bible study is held on Sunday mornings, with more courses and discussion groups in the planning stages. Prayer doesn’t just happen during these times, though. Many people visit our worship spaces at all hours (we are always open!), and we have an active ministry of prayer support and pastoral care to the residents of Second Life.
In addition to our formal worship spaces, there are many other areas to explore on Epiphany Island. Among our meditative spaces is a contemporary labyrinth, based on a design created for St. Paul’s Cathedral, London as part of the Millennium celebrations held in that city. More on the inspiration for this design may be found at http://www.labyrinth.org.uk.
Community life is a very important aspect of our ministry. The Epiphany Community Center is a great place to come and relax, and enjoy fellowship with fellow residents from around the world. The social areas on the ground and top floors feature games, videos, music and dancing under the stars. The middle floor features our New Resident Center, which has a lot of useful information for getting started in Second Life, as well as a place to relax, change clothes, and make other adjustments to your avatar in a safe, private environment.
How to Participate
We hope you will stop by and visit us sometime, either to join us in worship or just explore the island. We have prepared a Visitor’s Guide to the Cathedral and Epiphany Island to assist you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the members of our Leadership Team, either in-world or through the contact information given on the The Teams page.
Our worship spaces, services and events are open to all who wish to visit. If you are not yet a resident of Second Life, you may learn more about it and register for free at their website.
The Anglican Cathedral: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Epiphany/90/147/50
Epiphany Island Community Center: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Epiphany/225/170/72
Epiphany Island Chapel: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Epiphany/131/17/25
Helene Milena (Ailsa Wright in RL) has written a paper, ‘Anglicans of Second Life-some reflections on lived experience‘, giving an overview of what it has accomplished thus far and it’s potential to grow into the future