As I’m sure most of you are aware, there will be a presentation on “Web 2.0 and the Church” (featuring an introduction to the SL Anglican ministry) at the Lambeth Conference this Saturday, July 26. MikeCamel Albert (The Rev. Mike Bursell), a member of the Leadership Team, assisted by community members Gareth Janus, Helene Milena and Moz Barthelmess, will introduce the bishops in attendance to the various manifestations of church on the web, with a focus on the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life.
Mike also plans to bring the participants in-world to get a look at the Cathedral and surrounding island, as well as to give them an opportunity to meet some of the Anglican Community leaders. In order to help ensure that things run smoothly, the decision has been made to restrict access to Epiphany Island for the duration of the session. Therefore, from 11:30 a.m. SLT to approx. 2:30 p.m. SLT on Saturday, the island will be closed to public access. We regret having to take this action, but we don’t want to risk there being any disruption of the presentation. We will be sure to report on how everything goes, and we ask everyone to join us in prayer that everything runs smoothly, and that we are able to inspire those attending to become involved and help spread the word about our ministry!
Given the increased publicity that will likely come from Lambeth (and other upcoming media exposure), the leadership team is eager to harness the talents of our community members to help grow and develop our ministry. We are already discussing the desire expressed in the recent community survey for more service times, and you will be hearing more about this in the next few weeks. In addition to that, we would like to expand our other offerings (ie. more bible study and discussion groups) and introduce some others (such as a team of greeters for the cathedral, a prayer ministry, and readers for the services). Please contact any of the leadership team members if you would like to take part in any of these activities, or if you have other ideas to share!
Once the dust settles from the Lambeth event, I will work on plans for the community celebration that I have mentioned previously on this blog. Stay tuned!
I’d like to finish with a word of appreciation to Arkin and all of the members of the SL Anglican community. I recently celebrated my first Rez Day, and have been reflecting on all that I have experienced in SL, particularly within this extraordinary community. This has been an incredible adventure for me, and I am deeply grateful for the love and support that I have found here, and the wonderful friendships I have been blessed with. Thank you, and thanks be to God!