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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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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


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Virtual Theology

As I noted in my recent post about the leadership transition at the Cathedral, we continue to have the interest and support of those bishops of the Anglican Communion who have been working with us on formalizing our standing within the wider church.  There will be a follow up meeting to discuss these matters  held in the UK in July.

Part of this work will involve taking a look at the theological issues surrounding the expression of Christianity in virtual worlds.  We have gotten off to a great start with Rev. Mark’s blog post on the conversation about virtual sacraments.  Below are some of the other questions that have arisen so far.

We would really like feedback from the community on these questions, and want to know what questions you have that we haven’t thought of yet!  I encourage you to share your comments here!!

  • What do you think are the most important questions facing Christians in Second Life?
  • What harms us spiritually in SL?
  • What can help heal us, help us and help us understand the gospel in SL?
  • To what extent does online life and culture allow us to behave in ways that would not be acceptable in RL?
  • What do you think are the most important theological questions facing the Anglican Cathedral in SL?
  • What does it mean for the cathedral to be Anglican?
  • What can you do in a RL church that you cannot do in a SL church?
  • Are we really “gathered” when we meet online?
  • What is the function of a virtual place of worship?
  • What is the relationship between worship in a RL faith community and worship within SL?
  • What is the role, if any, of evangelism in SL?