We have some 71 members and growing! And one of the features of this blog will be getting to know so of them.
The first is Merlyn Guyot who has experienced a profound change through SL….
He writes: I was confirmed in the Church of England in 1989, at the age of 36, and I love the church. Nevertheless, by 1997 I had stopped regular attendance, and joined another church grouping, and for many years I have described myself as an ‘Anglican in exile’. I was appalled at the House of Bishops for its failure to simply spell out the biblical teaching on same-sex unions, and to make clear that practising gays and lesbians, like adulterers and the promiscuous, must not be admitted to communion. I was glad that the issue had come to a head: at last, I felt, the sheep would be separated from the goats. The liberals would either see the error of their ways, or they would leave the Communion; and either way, the Church would be cleansed. May God forgive my hardness of heart! In ten short weeks Second Life has opened my eyes.
In real life I am a New Testament scholar. My research the last sixteen years has focused on the church in Corinth, with its divisions and its sexual immorality. I had seen very clearly that a church that tolerates sexual immorality, whether it be adultery or same-sex relationships, defiles itself and becomes broken. However, in recent months, thanks to my research student Keith Krell, I finally saw the other side of the coin: schism causes defilement too. I think the authors of the Windsor report saw this very clearly, and I hope that the Windsor process will eventually unify us. But if that process is to work, we must first meet, understand and love one another. In SL we have an incredible opportunity: to meet one another without masks, to become friends, to face the issues together and engage one another with integrity and respect.
Even though it is still under construction, through the Cathedral I have come to know and love and understand people whose views are diametrically opposed to my own. The Cathedral will offer this opportunity to Anglicans everywhere, and I would like to see our liturgical and other ministries carefully structured to reflect and celebrate our spiritual unity. For whatever our reservations about one another’s theology we are, we must be one in Christ, a holy temple for the Lord.