The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life

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Jude Zane Productions presents…

Jude has been busy lately putting together this lovely video – not only does it discuss the current changes to Epiphany, but Jude includes a fly-past of Epiphany as it stands now. I’d like to thank Jude for his wonderful effort, because not only does it reassure our community and keep them informed, it also is a valuable addition to our archive. We should be excited as we move ahead, but we must not forget the work that so many talented people have put into the sim over the years.

Please check out Jude’s video:

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Change on Epiphany

To all Anglicans of Second Life and friends of Epiphany Island

Dear friends,

Change is coming to Epiphany – and change for the better, we hope you will agree.

Anglicans of Second Life is going through a period where we re-examine our role in Second Life, and as part of that, the sim is going to have a major rebuild. It will have all the main features still, though it may look a little different, but it will be easier for our technical team to deal with.

Short-term, we shall all have to put up with some inconvenience: round about mid-August, the sim will be moving, which may cause some confusion for a couple of days: and we shall be meeting in a different space, a sky-platform over Epiphany, while Ana gets her hard hat on and the bulldozers moving in below. Avatars will find that they are automatically re-teleported to this new space.

Everyone will have opportunities to keep up with the new build, and we shall re-open at the end of September. In the meantime our usual schedule will continue in our temporary quarters.

Anyone who is at all concerned is urged to contact me to chat about it. The end result, a new easy-to-manage sim, will be worth the effort and inconvenience.

Ana Stubbs our Churchwarden will be working very hard for two months on this project, so let us all wish her our best and keep her in our prayers.

Let’s all take care of each other!

Fionn Bookmite
Chair, Leadership Team

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Epiphany – the way ahead?

Good morning, everyone from a sunny and dusty Qatar!

On Sunday, as many of you will know, Helene Milena stepped down as our Lay Pastor. Now, this doesn’t mean we shan’t see her around Epiphany ever again, but it does mean that she is stepping down from the huge number of jobs she performed to keep Epiphany going. In her place are several people, and we still haven’t covered everything she offered! She is truly irreplaceable.

This means that from the beginning of June, Epiphany is going to change. I think the biggest change for most of us is that as we don’t have a Lay Pastor, so we will not have someone who will take a Sunday service and preach a sermon, every Sunday. Our presence on Epiphany will be tailored around that.

What we can do is look at our ability to offer a place of calm and quiet, of fellowship and love, of laughter and support to our own group and to the wider SL community. Along with Morning Prayer every day – thank you Charlie! – the Leadership Team is looking to offer prayer services at different times to meet the needs of everyone across the different time zones of our group. But we also want to consider less formal, and sometimes ad hoc, offerings. A good example of this is Jude’s “Questions, Queries and Quagmires” sessions. My main task as I settle into my role as Chair of the Leadership Team is to support these initiatives and to keep you all updated through IM and Group Notices. I shall make mistakes and I ask for your indulgence in advance!

Over the next few weeks I am going to try and spend as much time on Epiphany as possible so that I can meet people and ask them how they see our future. Yes, we need volunteers, but I shan’t badger. I don’t want people to vanish as soon as they realise that I am around! If you don’t see me and have a question, do message me.

Please do keep our community in your prayers.

PS there is a Sunday service at the usual time next Sunday (27th May), thanks to our lovely Charlie stepping up. See you all then.