The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life

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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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Pentecost 2018

On 20th May, the Feast of Pentecost, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 104:26-35, Acts 2:1-21 and John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15.

Anyone who has contact with small children will soon find out that waiting is a very difficult thing for them to do. They live very much in the now and would much prefer that any special event could happen now, rather than some time in the future. Add to that the fact that the concept of time passing is often somewhat shaky in a child, and we soon have a rather difficult situation. Many parents (and grandparents) resort to saying how many ‘sleeps’ there will be until the special occasion. That works well with our granddaughter Emily because she can count accurately, forwards and backwards. Her latest question is about how long until she goes into the next class at school. As that’s going to be at the beginning of September, she’ll need to count down from about a hundred! Continue reading

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Christ the intercessor

On 13th May, the seventh Sunday of Easter, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 1, Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 and John 17:6-19.</e

One of the emphases in many walks of life now seems to be the desirability of being a ‘reflective practitioner’. Books are written on the subject and courses are run to help people become such a person. Some of you may well have read such books or be such a person. For those who don’t know what a reflective practitioner is, let me just briefly explain. The idea is that we should take time to think about things we have done, to reflect on them, and learn from what went well and what didn’t go so well, in order to keep on learning. Continue reading

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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.


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Parting instructions

On 6th May, the sixth Sunday of Easter, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 98, Acts 10:44-48 and John 15:9-17.

I’m sure everyone is familiar with what can happen as someone sets off on a journey. There is that last minute check to see if everything has been remembered. Spare socks? Important documents? Money? If someone is waving a person off there might be last minute instructions too: ‘Call me when you arrive’, ‘Don’t forget to wear sunscreen’, ‘Give your sister a big hug from me’, etc. The hope is that by making what you say ring in the person’s ears as they leave, they may remember it. Continue reading

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Thy Kingdom Come

This year, Anglicans of Second Life is taking part in a global initiative called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. In 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in England started a special time of prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost, a time when we look forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Church. The focus of prayer is for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. This has now become a global movement which involves many different Christian denominations.

This year the dates for Thy Kingdom Come are 10-20 May. There are several ways you can get involved. If you go to the Pledge to Pray page you can sign up as someone who is joining this global wave of prayer. You can have a dot shown on the map of the world to indicate where you are. As members of Anglicans of Second Life come from all over the world, we could add a lot of dots between us!

There are a lot of resources available. There are some wonderful videos including one discussing what it means to pray ‘Thy kingdom come’ and the Lord’s Prayer in sign language. There are also resources for prayer. There is a huge amount to explore there. I found the Methodist Church’s ‘Waiting in wonder’, a Novena and a Catholic Novena and a prayer journal among the new resources for 2018. There is something for everyone, whatever your preference. You can get your friends and family involved if you wish also.

On Epiphany Island we will have a labyrinth with the Lord’s Prayer prayer stations taken from the resources. We hope you will walk the labyrinth and pray. We will launch the initiative with prayer in the chapel at midnight and at noon on Ascension Day, 10 May. Please call into the chapel to pray at any time. You could also go to the cathedral and light a candle for anyone for whom you are praying. We will have a wonderful celebration in the cathedral at noon on the Feast of Pentecost, 20 May. This will be my last service as Lay Pastor, although I anticipate leading some services in the future if the Leadership Team invite me to.

Helene Milena – Lay Pastor