Interest in the Anglican Community in SL is increasing. A number of blogs are discussing it (click here for example) and an article by a Christian journalist, John McNeil is getting a lot of attention (click here to view) (and click here to see the French version!!). The interest isn’t just from the church, but yesterday I was interviewed by the Dominion Post, the daily newspaper in Wellington, New Zealand.
Central to the curiosity is the idea of building a Cathedral rather than something more modern. This was very intentional on my part. The first reason I decided on a Cathedral is to endeavor to create interest within the SL community. To do this you have to create something special, something unusual. And this awesome Cathedral does that (for more images click here). The Cathedral is presently being considered for a design and build award within SL. And the builder, Monty Merlin deserves to win!
The second reason was the desire to create something clearly Christian rather than something that looks like a meeting hall. SL is international. People from around the globe participate and the Cathedral in my mind is a clear symbol of a Christian community.
The third reason is my reading shows that post-modernity is interested in both tradition and technology – so a Cathedral in SL is an attempt to integrate the two.
And the final thing to mention is: this is an experiment!! We are creating a completely new way of doing church. Not inventing from scratch, but rather combining traditions of old with the latest in technological offerings. We have no book to read, no blueprint to follow, this is all new territory. And what an exciting journey it has been so far!! I invite you to join us sometime.
Arkin Ariantho/Mark Brown
To check out the Cathedral of SL click here
To see the Wired blog post on us click here