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Report on Leadership Team meeting 13 January 2018

Here is a brief outline of what happened at the meeting which was attended by Helene Milena, Ana Stubbs, Klaus Bereznyak, Charlie12string Lax and Joyous Schism.

Ana reported on the early results from our survey (https://epiphanysurvey.com) The survey had been available for a week and received 26 responses, from a mix of regular members of Anglicans of SL and those who only pop in occasionally. Of these, quite a number had no other church apart from Epiphany. There had been some suggestions for activities, such as more dances and restoration of the Saturday discussion group. Some people had shared how Epiphany had been instrumental in their finding or deepening their faith. There has been a trickle of volunteers, some with a good idea of what they can offer and some not sure. All members of AoSL have received a notecard with details of where to find the survey. There are also boards around the sim to remind people.

Those who have volunteered will receive a personal invitation to attend one of the community meetings, which will be open to anyone who wishes to attend. The dates and times of these will be published shortly. Helene will not be at these meetings. The format of the meetings is likely to be partly giving information about roles within AoSL and also answering questions. There is likely to be an opportunity to explore further some of the questions posed in the survey.

We will begin preparing for things to be different after Helene’s retirement by looking at the format of the noon Sunday service. Others may lead; others may give a short reflection on the readings for the day; or a reflection from published sources may be used.

Celberon, who has previously been a worship leader, would like to start Evening Prayer again. This was agreed by the Leadership Team. It may initially be on an ad hoc basis. Celberon will send out a notice if he is available in the chapel to lead.

The next meeting of the Leadership Team is likely to be in mid-February after the community meetings have been held.

Helene Milena

 

 

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Change is in the air

At our New Year Covenant Service yesterday, Helene made the following announcement:
 
Before we begin our service, I have some news to share with you. I have had a growing awareness for some time that I need to step back from being Lay Pastor of Anglicans of SL. Family commitments mean that I struggle to do all that I would like for this ministry. I have therefore informed the Leadership Team that I would like to retire from my position by mid-May at the latest which will be almost 9 years after I began my role. I would like to remain involved in this ministry in some way, but exactly how will be decided by the Leadership Team.
 
Obviously it’s necessary to work out what will happen in the future for AoSL. We are asking members to complete a survey so that we can find out their thoughts. This will be ready next week. We also need volunteers to join the Leadership Team and to take on some of the responsibilities of running this ministry. If the general opinion is that our ministry should cease, it will still be necessary to have a team to oversee that. Please complete the survey and prayerfully consider how you might be involved in this ministry. We will be having a series of meetings at the end of January and beginning of February when we can discuss together what might happen. Please feel free to contact any member of the Leadership Team directly if you want to discuss anything in the meantime.
 
It has been a huge privilege to lead worship here, to pray with those who need it and to lend a listening ear. I shall always be grateful for what I have been able to do. Now, if the ministry continues, it needs to be under new leadership, a team and a leader who can exploit the huge potential this ministry has to reach people with the Gospel.


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Leadership Team Meeting 28 November 2015

The Leadership Team met together for the first time for quite a while. Our main topic of conversation was how the sim is used. There has been a lot of work done in recent times, with a new chapel installed and the land around it re-formed. Before anything else is done, it seemed like a good idea to have an overview on where different items might be placed in future developments.

Charlie would like a space to be found for his river of prayer which he used to have on his own land some years ago. It will need to be recreated as the building methods are out of date now. He would like to use a space opposite the chapel.

The labyrinth needs to be put in a new place before anything else is added in the chapel area. There is a space designed for the labyrinth beside the Meditation Garden. We discussed labyrinth designs. Although many offline labyrinths are of a circular construction square corners are probably best suited to our context. The Team was happy with the floor plan of the labyrinth that had previously been on the sim. Most labyrinths are simply laid out as a path on the ground or floor of a cathedral. We would need more than this but probably not the very high hedges we had previously. We plan to have new meditations in the labyrinth and hope more people will use it. Continue reading


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Goodbye and hello

Nothing stays the same forever. As it says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

It is with sadness that I have to announce that Heatherly Addens has decided to step down from the Leadership Team and Social Team. She will continue to lead prayers in the chapel occasionally. We have appreciated all that Heatherly has done in her time on the teams. She assures us that she will still be around on the sim, so there should still be opportunities to meet her and chat.

Meanwhile, Klaus Bereznyak has accepted the invitation to join the Leadership Team. He is using his RL experience to help us improve the blog currently. Do keep an eye open for changes. If you have any suggestions for improvements, do let him know.

Helene Milena – Lay Pastor


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Conversation and Cake #4

Here is a rather belated report on our fourth Conversation and Cake get together which took place after the noon SLT service on 24 June 2012. Conversation & Cake is a monthly meeting on Epiphany Island when I share what has been happening in our ministry and listen to views and ideas from members of our community.

I was able to report that the generosity of our community had allowed us to raise the money we need for the 2012-2013 tier payment, with $75 US to spare. The news was understandably received with relief and celebration by those attending.

At the previous C&C meeting the community had indicated that a minimum budget should be set for the next financial year. The Leadership Team has done as requested. The donations fonts and baskets therefore give a monthly target that MUST be met if we are to be able to pay our tier next year. That figure is made up of $3717 tier (our current tier plus 5% just in case of increase); $288 for the Leadership Team discussion forum, which is paid as a donation each month; $120 to cover any costs of sim development.

Our tier is $3540 this year so we looked at $3717 for next year, being a 5% increase. We need 12 x $24 for Basecamp (the discussion forum) which is $288. We also need some provision for sim development. This year we had $120 which was more than enough. That gives an annual budget of $4125 which is L$1,068,375 for the year. We need to raise about 60% of this figure in world, with the rest coming in via PayPal. Continue reading


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Hospitality on Epiphany Island

HospitalityIn addition to being home to the Anglican Cathedral in SL, Epiphany Island is also one of the first places that many new residents visit when they join Second Life.  Visitors often comment on the warm welcome they receive from our community members!

The Leadership Team is looking at ways to enhance our hospitality to both new and established community members.  As the result of some of your suggestions, we are working on ideas for a new resident welcome area at our community center (behind the cathedral), as well as adding a side door to the cathedral to make this area more accessible.

We would love to hear your ideas on this, and any others you have that would help grow our community life together at Epiphany!


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Leadership Team meeting this Saturday

Hello all!

It’s been an exciting time to be part of the Leadership Team!  We are so pleased to have our five new members (ZoeRose Eiren, Charlie12string Lax, Patapon Monday, Joyous Schism and Able Shepherd) on board, and to have the opportunity to hear their input and ideas.

This Saturday we will hold our first Leadership Team meeting with our new members.  In addition to our bi-monthly meetings, the LT members have many group discussions by way of email, and we have been exploring how each members sees their role in the Team, and where their interests, talents and passions can best be utilized within our community.  We will continue this conversation at our meeting, and learn how we can support and complement each other’s efforts.

Other recent discussion items that will be brought to this meeting include:

  • How can we enhance our relationships with other Christian groups in SL?
  • How can we help promote our services and events to the wider SL community?
  • Are there ways that we can develop the configuration of the area surrounding the Cathedral to enhance their use as a gathering place for the community?
  • What sort of events and services would we like to plan for the upcoming Lenten and Easter seasons?

As always, we welcome your ideas!  Please feel free to share your comments and suggestions with us.  You can leave suggestions on our blog, contact any of us directly inworld, or by email using the contact information given on the Leadership Team page.  And of course, we invite your prayers for a productive and inspiring meeting!

Blessings,
Cady