Hi everyone! My SL name is Moz Barthelmess, and my real name is Tim Hutchings. I’m a PhD student in the department of Theology and Religion at Durham University in the UK, and I thought I would let you know about some research I’m doing in Second Life.
My PhD research looks at four online churches. One of those four churches is the Cathedral, and I’ll be researching Epiphany Island this month. My research is theological, but I need a good understanding of exactly what happens at each church and why – so my first step is to spend as much time as possible with the congregation.
Starting on Monday 9th June, I’ll be spending time on the island, talking to visitors and church-goers and attending services and events. So if you see me, say hello!
One important concern with any research is ethics. My policy is pretty simple – if I want to quote anything you say, ever, I’ll ask your permission for the specific quote I want to use. If you don’t say yes, the quote doesn’t get used. Usernames and real names of congregation members won’t appear in the final thesis (church leaders and academics may be a special case).
I met Mark and a few other SL Anglicans at the Guildford conference recently, and I’m looking forward to getting to know the rest of you much better. If you have any questions, any landmarks for me to visit, or any experiences to share, just send me an IM.
Moz Barthelmess/Tim Hutchings