It has been an amazing week for the Anglican Community in SL with a number of huge steps taken forward . God is awesome!!! May God be glorified through this. The first bit of news is that we now have leaders for each of the three services catering for the major timezones! Plus there is a possibility that we might also run a service specifically aimed at the Goth community, and we are also exploring offering regular evening prayer. So the Cathedral will be a hive of activity! I will post more detail of the leadership soon. Right now we are sorting out the technical aspects and creating animations. We hope to start the services in the couple of weeks.
And our amazing builder Monty is well on the way to completing the building that we will use for Bible Studies and meetings; including a virtual office for me!! (see image.)
And the final bit of news is that I have decided to include my birth name on screen for all to see (click on image twice to see). I will also be changing my character to look like the real me.
Within SL, the spectrum ranges from those who are pure role players and see SL as a game, to those who see it as an extension of there lives. My view is that SL is an extension of my life. I see SL principally as a platform for doing ministry. Ministry within SL to the growing community of SL, and as a resource support to ministry initiatives in the first life/real life.
I view Second Life as an example of the immediate future of the internet, that of a 3 dimensional platform rather than the present 2D flat presentation. We as a church need to engage with this rapidly developing new platform for communication. Why?
My ideal image of the church is solid at the core and flexible at the edges… The core is our belief. The edge is the engagement with the community around us. We remain solid in what we stand for, but we are prepared to shift and change so as to appropriately interface and connect with the changing community around us.
The virtual platform is no game or passing fad, but the next step in the development of communication.
You are welcome to join me on the journey!!
Mark Brown/Arkin Ariantho