It’s a great privilege to be able to stand here and reflect on our ministry which is now ten years old. That’s quite an achievement! What started off as a bright idea has stood the test of time, not because of our human effort but because of God’s grace.
The human beings involved in this ministry have changed over the years. People have come, contributed, and moved on leaving us changed as a result of their presence. Each has brought their gifts and remained while it was their season for doing so. I would like to think that each person has taken something positive away with them, after being part of this community. From a personal point of view, I’ve enjoyed meeting with people from all over the world and learning about them and from them, since I joined SL in AoSL’s infancy in November 2007.
In an offline church, the folk involved tend to change also of course. However, the buildings are likely to stay the same for quite a long period. Here in Second Life the buildings change more often. This is our second cathedral. The chapel is a second one also. The Community Center is a third design. The Parish House is being changed at the moment too. These changes represent the wonderful creativity of the residents in SL and a response to our needs as a community. Continue reading