The Anglican Cathedral Leadership Team met last Saturday, to catch up with one another, share ideas and work toward our organizational goals. It was a great meeting, with lots of creative energy and loads of exciting plans!
Arkin opened the meeting by sharing his networking and promotional activities on behalf of the Cathedral. He had spent a good part of the day attending the Metaverse U Conference in SL, sponsored by Stanford University (which he blogs about here). He also shared his plans to make an in-world presentation for an upcoming conference sponsored by Gospel.com.
Snerbert Sands reported on his fundraising plans on behalf of the community. His goal is to raise $500,000 USD, in order to fund a three-year budget for the Cathedral. This would go toward financing a full-time Cathedral staff, as well as covering the operating expenses and technological infrastructure of the Cathedral. His plan is to approach charitable trusts and foundations that are looking for an opportunity to engage in the use of emerging technology platforms to promote Christian ministry and evangelism.
MikeCamel Albert was unable to attend, but he did send us a report on his work with the Ecclesiastical Law Society (ELS). He is in discussions with ELS officials regarding the process of forming guidelines for our organizational structure, to help ensure recognition by, and acceptance of, this ministry by the wider Anglican Communion. Mike has prepared a draft of a proposed constitution for the Anglicans in Second Life (AISL) Group, and has invited input on this document from the Leadership Team members.
Matters of governance within the AISL Group, as well as within the Leadership Team itself, were discussed. We are working towards defining the specific roles of each Team Leader. We also discussed plans and procedures to help bring interested AISL members into more active roles within the community. Some ideas for these roles include service leaders, events coordinators, Bible Study leaders, and discussion group facilitators. Community members who have an interest in exploring opportunities for greater involvement in the work of the Cathedral are encouraged to contact a member of the Leadership Team.
Several ideas for development of the space on Epiphany Island were discussed, including:
* a cafe space for people to meet and mingle
* an art space, to be curated by the Episcopal Church and Visual Arts in SL (ECVA-SL) Group. This may be combined with the cafe space.
* a performance space
* a conference center
* a labyrinth (Hildeguard Psaltery has created one elsewhere in SL, and has offered to place a copy on Epiphany). This will be integrated into a proposed re-design of the Meditation Garden and surrounding area.
And last, but certainly not least… a big shout out to Zasa Rossini, owner of La Belle Vie Furniture & Accessories for a More Beautiful Life. She has become a good friend and benefactor to our community, and has graciously offered to donate several of her beautiful creations to the development of Epiphany Island. Please join me in giving her a big round of applause!