The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life


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Christ the intercessor

On 13th May, the seventh Sunday of Easter, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 1, Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 and John 17:6-19.</e

One of the emphases in many walks of life now seems to be the desirability of being a ‘reflective practitioner’. Books are written on the subject and courses are run to help people become such a person. Some of you may well have read such books or be such a person. For those who don’t know what a reflective practitioner is, let me just briefly explain. The idea is that we should take time to think about things we have done, to reflect on them, and learn from what went well and what didn’t go so well, in order to keep on learning. Continue reading

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Epiphany – the way ahead?

Good morning, everyone from a sunny and dusty Qatar!

On Sunday, as many of you will know, Helene Milena stepped down as our Lay Pastor. Now, this doesn’t mean we shan’t see her around Epiphany ever again, but it does mean that she is stepping down from the huge number of jobs she performed to keep Epiphany going. In her place are several people, and we still haven’t covered everything she offered! She is truly irreplaceable.

This means that from the beginning of June, Epiphany is going to change. I think the biggest change for most of us is that as we don’t have a Lay Pastor, so we will not have someone who will take a Sunday service and preach a sermon, every Sunday. Our presence on Epiphany will be tailored around that.

What we can do is look at our ability to offer a place of calm and quiet, of fellowship and love, of laughter and support to our own group and to the wider SL community. Along with Morning Prayer every day – thank you Charlie! – the Leadership Team is looking to offer prayer services at different times to meet the needs of everyone across the different time zones of our group. But we also want to consider less formal, and sometimes ad hoc, offerings. A good example of this is Jude’s “Questions, Queries and Quagmires” sessions. My main task as I settle into my role as Chair of the Leadership Team is to support these initiatives and to keep you all updated through IM and Group Notices. I shall make mistakes and I ask for your indulgence in advance!

Over the next few weeks I am going to try and spend as much time on Epiphany as possible so that I can meet people and ask them how they see our future. Yes, we need volunteers, but I shan’t badger. I don’t want people to vanish as soon as they realise that I am around! If you don’t see me and have a question, do message me.

Please do keep our community in your prayers.

PS there is a Sunday service at the usual time next Sunday (27th May), thanks to our lovely Charlie stepping up. See you all then.

 


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Parting instructions

On 6th May, the sixth Sunday of Easter, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 98, Acts 10:44-48 and John 15:9-17.

I’m sure everyone is familiar with what can happen as someone sets off on a journey. There is that last minute check to see if everything has been remembered. Spare socks? Important documents? Money? If someone is waving a person off there might be last minute instructions too: ‘Call me when you arrive’, ‘Don’t forget to wear sunscreen’, ‘Give your sister a big hug from me’, etc. The hope is that by making what you say ring in the person’s ears as they leave, they may remember it. Continue reading


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Thy Kingdom Come

This year, Anglicans of Second Life is taking part in a global initiative called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. In 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in England started a special time of prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost, a time when we look forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Church. The focus of prayer is for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. This has now become a global movement which involves many different Christian denominations.

This year the dates for Thy Kingdom Come are 10-20 May. There are several ways you can get involved. If you go to the Pledge to Pray page you can sign up as someone who is joining this global wave of prayer. You can have a dot shown on the map of the world to indicate where you are. As members of Anglicans of Second Life come from all over the world, we could add a lot of dots between us!

There are a lot of resources available. There are some wonderful videos including one discussing what it means to pray ‘Thy kingdom come’ and the Lord’s Prayer in sign language. There are also resources for prayer. There is a huge amount to explore there. I found the Methodist Church’s ‘Waiting in wonder’, a Novena and a Catholic Novena and a prayer journal among the new resources for 2018. There is something for everyone, whatever your preference. You can get your friends and family involved if you wish also.

On Epiphany Island we will have a labyrinth with the Lord’s Prayer prayer stations taken from the resources. We hope you will walk the labyrinth and pray. We will launch the initiative with prayer in the chapel at midnight and at noon on Ascension Day, 10 May. Please call into the chapel to pray at any time. You could also go to the cathedral and light a candle for anyone for whom you are praying. We will have a wonderful celebration in the cathedral at noon on the Feast of Pentecost, 20 May. This will be my last service as Lay Pastor, although I anticipate leading some services in the future if the Leadership Team invite me to.

Helene Milena – Lay Pastor


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Financial report for the first quarter of 2018

Anglicans of Second Life is run by volunteers and relies on donations to cover the cost of the ministry. No one receives any money for the work they do for AoSL.

The annual amount budgeted for is $2,343 (US dollars). That is $585.75 per quarter.

Donations come in world in Lindens. Some of the Linden dollar income is from a proportion of sales of items in the Marketplace which creators have chosen to donate to AoSL. Other income is in dollars in the PayPal account. Some items of expenditure are paid directly but are counted as donations. When working out the accounts, it is difficult to be accurate as exchange rates vary over time. All figures are therefore approximate. There are also charges incurred when changing money from Lindens to dollars and moving the money into PayPal and then into a bank account.

In the quarter from January to March we received L$60404 which is approximately $226. $293 was donated via PayPal. $60 was paid for the project management software that is used for discussions by volunteers. This makes the total income for the quarter approximately $579, which is close to our quarterly needs.

Many thanks to everyone who has donated to this ministry.

Helene Milena – Lay Pastor


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Further new team members

More volunteers have now joined various teams to help with the ministry of Anglicans of Second Life. We are still very happy to hear from others who would like to help.

The Leadership Team will meet on 10 May to make final preparations for Helene’s retirement.

Leadership Team

Sadly Patapon has had to withdraw from the Leadership Team due to personal circumstances. Cystarfire has now joined the team also. The Leadership Team now has nine members but there is still room for more to join.

Welcoming Team

Lynx Tree (peacelynxtree) is helping to coordinate the Welcoming Team. Others who have now joined the team are Pie Runner, Ray2009 Hazelnut and Katherine Temple (butterfairykitty).

Technical Team

Ray2009 Hazelnut has joined the Technical Team to help Ana our churchwarden.