The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life

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On 2 July Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 13Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42.

If you’ve been keeping your eye on the notices or the blog, you will know that this month we are celebrating the fact that Anglicans of Second Life is ten years old. That’s quite an achievement in a world where initiatives come and go at an alarming rate. I’ve met people who are amazed that their old landmark still works to get them to the cathedral. Anyone who has had a nasty shock when using an old landmark and arriving somewhere totally different to what they expected will understand how significant it is to have a landmark from the past which still works.

Yesterday we began our birthday celebrations with a dance, hosted by our own superhero Captain Canuck (aka Celberon). Celberon is a Canadian and yesterday was Canada Day. Canada was also celebrating a significant anniversary – 150 years since its foundation! So, it was all very appropriate, celebrating our 10 years and Canada’s 150 years with a dance to music by Canadian musicians and hosted by Captain Canuck who is a Canadian comic book superhero. Being a DJ is not listed as one of Captain Canuck’s special powers, but he’s pretty good at it! Continue reading


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All are welcome

On 27th September 2015, the seventeenth Sunday after Trinity, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 19:7-end, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50.

Last week’s Gospel passage ended with Jesus using a child as an object lesson. The disciples had been arguing about who was the greatest among them. Jesus corrected them by saying that anyone who wanted to be first had to take up the position of the last and the servant of all. Then he took a nobody, a child, and indicated that in welcoming such an insignificant person they would be welcoming Jesus himself. In this way Jesus turned the attention of the disciples from their own wish for status to those of no status to whom they were to minister. Continue reading

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The ears of the deaf unstopped

On 6th September, the fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 146, James 2:1-17, Mark 7:24-end.

In Jesus’ day people with various impairments were marginalised – forced to the edges of society – begging for the money they needed to survive. I have no doubt that some were much loved by their families but opportunities to improve their lot were strictly limited. There was also the question of whether the person or their family had sinned in some way, resulting in the curse of some physical or mental problem. What a horrible question to hang over anyone! Continue reading

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Radical hospitality

It’s pleasant to spend time with friends who have similar ideas to our own, or a similar background or lifestyle. Conversation flows easily, there is fun and laughter. There are often plans made to meet again, perhaps at a different house or another venue. The writer of the Letter to the Hebrews challenged the Christians of his day to adopt a radical hospitality that didn’t just include those who seemed to be the obvious folk to welcome. This echoes Jesus’ teaching on hospitality also.

The readings on 1 September were Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 and Luke 14:1, 7-14. My reflection from the noon service follows:

Mrs Prior lived in a village in Wales. She was an elderly widow, no longer very strong, who needed to walk with a walking stick. The walk up the hill to her little terraced house perched on the mountainside was always a challenge to her but she didn’t let that prevent her getting out and about.

Every week Mrs Prior took the bus into Cardiff in order to visit her friends for tea. She combined this with attending the Bible study at her church afterwards. This meant that she needed to take the last bus to get home in the late evening.

One winter’s night she found that it was snowing as she travelled into her village on the bus. She was very concerned about walking up the hill in the dark with snow on the ground. The last thing she needed was to slip and fall as she walked home. She prayed that she would be safe as she approached the bus stop where she needed to get off.

Mrs Prior knew everyone who lived in her area as she had grown up there and lived the whole of her 80 years there. She was very surprised, therefore, to see a man she didn’t know waiting at the bus stop as she alighted. Rather than boarding the bus himself he took her arm and said, “Come along dear. I’m heading to the club at the top of the hill.” Continue reading

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Conversation & Cake #13

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. Here is the report from the 16th June meeting. Comments made by those present are given in italics:

I have to apologise that for part of the time of this meeting I was not hearing voice. I therefore missed some of Celberon’s exuberance (he’s not quite the same in text as in voice).

As usual I will report on various aspects of our ministry. Do feel free to add comments, ask questions and make suggestions as we go along.

Beginning with finances, I can now give you some figures for the whole year as the accounts are now in order for the year 2012-13. We set out with a target of $4125 which was made up in this way:

Tier of $3540 plus 5% in case of increase giving $3717

Payment for our collaboration software of $24 a month giving $288

Provision for buying things for the sim $120

Our income is generated in PayPal and in world, giving us payments in both dollars and Lindens. This inevitably means that all our figures regarding donations are approximate as we have to convert between currencies. Bearing this in mind, we raised $3761 last year which was 91.2% of our target. We spent nothing on the sim at all, but did spend the $288 for our software and would have expected to pay $3540 for our tier, as there has been no increase. That would have required $3828 leaving us with a shortfall of $67 which is not bad at all. Fortunately, as I said last time, our tier has been returned to the non-profit rate which means our total expenditure this year has been $2058 leaving us a healthy surplus over the year.
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Conversation and Cake #1

On March 4 at 1pm SLT after the service copious quantities of cake were provided by Cady. The Leadership Team met with members of the community to share information about what is happening in our ministry and to listen to comments, suggestions and questions. I shared some details which are reproduced below and are also available at the moment in world. 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!