The Anglican Cathedral in SL Leadership Team met this past weekend to take a look at all we have accomplished so far, and to make plans for our future.
Snerbert Sands, the fundraising professional on the Leadership Team, shared his research into possible sources of funding for our SL ministry. He is currently gathering information on grants available to religious organizations, primarily those in the US and Australia. Snerbert shared with us that in
writing these grants, the key will lie in highlighting the opportunities available through this unique ministry for; 1) research projects to have access to community members with diverse backgrounds and insights to share with the wider church community, 2) the ability this will give members of the entire Anglican Communion (and indeed the wider church) to meet in a virtual conference setting, and 3) the creative possibilites it will present for churches around the world to utilize this tool in the promotion of the various ministries they are involved in. He also noted that there will be a need to set up, or liaise with, local organizations in the countries that the funding sources are located in, in order to handle these funds. If any of the members of our community, or others interested in this ministry, have any insights to share regarding potential funding souces, they are encouraged to contact a member of the Leadership Team.
ECVA-SL Art Exhibit
Gareth Janus, curator for the upcoming Episcopal Church & Visual Arts in Second Life (ECVA-SL) exhibition, “Spiritual Connections, Experiencing the Holy Spirit In Second Life” reported that the opening for this showing will be held on Sunday, June 29, following the 12 noon SLT service. There are currently seven entries for this show, and the submission deadline has been extended to allow for possible future entries. More information on the exhibit, as well as submission guildelines, may be found here:
Sophia Tulip, leader of the weekly Bible Study, reported that turn out continues to be good and the discussions continue to be lively and engaging. Gareth Janus and I gave much the same report concerning the weekly Discussion Group, led by Arundel Dragonash and Joyous Schism. We all are seeing a core group of community members who attend each week, as well as a good number of newcomers. In addition, community member Flippant Jibilla has volunteered to help us develop materials to be used to help welcome vistors and newcomers to the Cathedral. We are all most grateful for these wonderful ministries in our midst! They have been very valuable to us in our work to build and maintain this wonderful community in SL. If you have an interest in expanding these groups, or have an idea for another one, we would love to hear from you!
Survey on Services
Arkin shared with us the preliminary results of the survey he is conducting to get feedback on our worship services (which may be accessed here).
When asked what times they prefer to have the services (in terms of their local time zones), the majority have expressed a desire to attend on week nights from 8 to 10 p.m. The respondents also expressed a preference for traditional over contemporary liturgy, and a mix of text chat and voice over either communication method on its own. Other aspects of the services getting high marks from the respondents are the weekly sermon and the opportunities for fellowship following the services. A high interest in having members of the community more actively participate in the services was also expressed, which the Leadership Team will work to accomodate in the near future.
Finally, as has been mentioned elsewhere in this blog, we are quickly coming up on the one year anniversary of the first service offered at the Cathedral! Stay tuned for plans for a celebration of this incredible milestone for our community!