The Leadership Team of the Anglican Cathedral of Second Life worked in the past under the authority of Bishop Christopher Hill of Guildford, England (now retired). Currently we have no bishop with oversight of our ministry, though we continue to seek for a bishop willing to do so. We serve the Anglicans of Second Life community by coordinating the services and activities held at the Anglican Cathedral of SL, managing the day to day details of life on Epiphany Island with help and support from other volunteers, and implementing ideas brought to us by our community members.
If you are interested in the job description for the Leadership Team you can read it here.
We are always eager to hear your thoughts and suggestions on enhancing our services and events. You can communicate with us in several ways. We have a “Comments & Suggestions” box at the entrance to the cathedral, where you can leave a notecard at any time. You can contact us inworld by IM or notecard (notecards are sometimes best, as IMs can be capped by the system). Or you can just speak to us in person after services, or whenever you see us! Some of us have also given email addresses below, which you can use as well. We love to hear from you!
Helene Milena (Ailsa Wright)- Lay Pastor, Worship Leader, Prayer Team Member and Bible Study Leader
I am a self-employed part-time teacher and a retired counsellor. I am an Anglican (Church of England) in real life and have been active in many churches since I became a Christian at the age of 6.
I am currently very involved in my local Anglican church, where I am a member of the PCC (Church Council). On Sundays I help in the service by reading, leading prayers or taking the role of altar server or liturgical deacon.
I have been involved in online church since May 2005. The potential of offering church online has surely not yet been fully explored. I feel privileged to be involved in this Fresh Expression (Emerging) church and am committed to developing online Christian ministry as a complement to face to face church. I lead the ministry of Anglicans of Second Life, chairing real time and asynchronous meetings of the Leadership Team. Within our Second Life ministry I lead worship, offer pastoral care and am a member of the Prayer Ministry Team. You can contact me by email at ailsa [at] ailsa-wright.net
ZoeRose Eiren (Mary Ailes) – Technical Team Member, Prayer Team Member
I was raised as a 4th generation Christian Scientist, but as a teenager I began attending a Christian coffeehouse in San Diego where I heard the Gospel presented in a fresh and life-changing way. Following high school, I walked into my first Episcopal Church. I was blown away by the blend of historic liturgical worship, dynamic Spirit-filled prayer and singing, and strong biblical preaching and was received into the Episcopal Church in 1985 . Since then I have served in staff and leadership positions in Episcopal and Anglican churches as well as in the local diocese.
I have attended six General Conventions of the Episcopal Church and the 2008 Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England. In 2006 my parish voted to separate from The Episcopal Church and is now a member of the Anglican Church in North America. I see the ministry at the Anglican Cathedral of Second LIfe as a unique fresh expression of our faith in a most unique and creative setting where we have the amazing opportunity to re-establish friendships in the worldwide Anglican Communion as we reach out with the love of Jesus Christ to the world in Second Life. I love to write, play the guitar and piano, collect films, and attend Bob Dylan concerts. You may email me at zoeroseeiren [at] aol.com.
Charlie12string Lax (Charlie Northcroft) – Worship Leader, Prayer Team Member, Pastoral Team Member
I am originally from New Zealand, but have lived in Australia for many years, but am still staunchly a Kiwi at heart! I lived in an ecumenical Christian community for 24 years where I ran our little hobby farm enterprise and was part of the leadership team.
I am now retired and living in a little country town near Canberra, where I am actively involved with our local Anglican church, having served on the parish council, and occasionally preached when one of our former ministers had to go away. For several years I also used to take Scripture lessons in our local primary school. I have also looked after an AOG church for a short time in outback Australia, where I got the nickname “Charlie12string,” because I play a 12string guitar. You can contact me at charlie12string [at]icloud.com
Joyous Schism (Judith Avery) – Worship Leader, Prayer Team Member, Bible Study Leader
I grew up the daughter of a Methodist minister. I now live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, where I’m a member of St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church. I’m quite active at St. Clare’s, serving on various committees, ushering, lay reading, and such. I’ve served on various committees in the Diocese of Michigan, including the Commission on Ministry, which works with people seeking ordination. I recently retired from quite a lot of years as a librarian at University of Michigan.
One of the first Second Life places I got involved in when I first logged in was Epiphany Cathedral, which I saw as a wonderful opportunity for connecting with Anglicans from around the world. I very much enjoy the Bible study that happens before the main Sunday service, where we spend time getting to know each other as well as discussing the gospel lesson of the day. We meet at 10:30 Sunday outside the cathedral and would be really happy to have you join us.
Ana Stubbs *- Churchwarden
I joined Second Life in 2007, and have been part of the Anglicans of Second Life community almost since it began, to the surprise of a few visitors who weren’t expecting to meet a mermaid.
I am deeply interested in the creative side of SL, and am a confident builder and scripter within the virtual world. Before I swam into SL, I was heavily involved on a volunteer basis with “The Student Room”, a UK-based academic discussion forum and online resource for school and university students.
In the offline world, I am a part-time distance learning student, studying for a physics degree. I live in the North of England, and attend a local Anglican church. I can be emailed at ana.m.stubbs [at] gmail.com.
* Real life name withheld but given to the Leadership Team.
Klaus Bereznyak (Seymour Jacklin) – Leadership Team Member
Having begun life in Zimbabwe, I have moved progressively north to settle in Durham, UK, where the climate is more suited to my genes. Since graduating from university with a BA in Anthropology, I’ve spent a two years as a pastoral assistant in a local church, seven years training and practicing as a psychiatric nurse, and the last five years freelancing as a writer and editor.
I was baptised, confirmed and raised in the Anglican church and, although God has always been very real to me, I came to really own my faith aged 17, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated school chaplain. I’m now thoroughly involved in the ministry of a local community church where I serve on the pastoral, worship, youth and men’s ministry teams, lead a house group and occasionally preach.
The rhythms of prayer and worship at Epiphany have become a rich aspect of my discipleship and an expression of my Anglican roots and heritage. The diverse and friendly community that meets there is a wonderful representation of the grace of Christ for all in the strange and marvellous virtual world of Second Life.
Fionn Bookmite (Fiona Forsyth) – Communications Officer
After twenty-five years as a teacher of Latin and Greek in the UK, I have recently moved to Qatar, where I am an active member of the Anglican Epiphany Church in Doha. I felt that it was a good sign when I discovered Epiphany in SL! One of my friends recently asked me if the real reason for volunteering to be Communications Officer was so that I felt like I was on Star Trek, but I hotly deny this.
JudeAaronZane * – Leadership Team member
I visited Epiphany Island on my first day in Second Life. After many years of asking, a real life friend finally “twisted my arm” to join Second Life. Those early spaces that we tread in the virtual world, leave an indelible impression on our real lives. Just like a birthplace in real life, it was a place that I would return over and over, often very late at night. A place of solace. A place of peace. A place of prayer. The place I celebrated my birthday, my “rezz day” in Second Life. I came back again and again.
The real life world is a very stressful place for me at times. One foot in secular pursuits. The other foot in sacred. As Christians, we affirm Christ’s lordship over all of life – or at least we know we should. Over the years, Epiphany Island became a symbol and solid foundation for my Second Life. It has kept me balanced or brought me back to solid footing when I stumble. It has been a place to “wash the dust off” my real or Second Life feet. A place of refreshing. A place where I have seen leaders doing the everyday, mundane, humble tasks. Foot washing. Serving one another. Caring.
There are many things to do in Second Life. Many places to visit. Many things to see. I have enjoyed a lot of it. But mostly, I enjoy bringing people together. Making those connections. And bringing others to new opportunities. I’m learning to build things and see how it all works. Drinking from the springs of creativity is equally refreshing and relaxing for me. Epiphany is a Church family that’s both virtual and real. Drinking from this cup of the Lord’s table, sharing it with others, and fellowship in the communion of the saints, with these saints; is valuable to my real and Second Life.
I’m interested to see what the Virtual Church will emerge to be in the coming years. Curious to see how the Lord Jesus Christ will connect and expand this community. Eager to watch us grow and mature as saints. I’m Jude Zane. I’m happy to be a part of Epiphany. Theologically educated in real life. And I’m delighted for the opportunity, to give back through service, to Epiphany and its community.
*Real Life name withheld but given to the Leadership Team