The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life

The Leadership Team

Icon - LeadershipThe 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

Profiles-Helene

I am a self-employed part-time teacher and a counsellor qualified to offer counselling both face to face and online. 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 secretary to 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 co-ordinate a team which assists at weddings.

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/counselling 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

Profiles-ZoeRoseI 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

Profiles-Charlie

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 our minister 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

Profiles-JoyousI 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.

Wave Rodenberger (Olaf F.) – Worship Leader, Social Team Member

Profiles-WaveSince my baptism I have belonged to the Roman Catholic Church. Through a classmate, who also became my best friend, I found my way to God.

Later I moved to a different Catholic church and was active there for several years in youth work. This work ranged from short hikes together in the school holidays, evenings of music and literature to the preparation of youth worship. After a break, I found myself in a Free Evangelical Church, which even today I still attend irregularly. I have several different interests. The most important are: music, theater, literature, lighting and sound.

My main concern is to bring the love of God to the people I meet, which I manage more practically than theoretically. I’ve been thinking a long time about whatever way I could get involved here in the Anglican church and am very happy that I have been called to this task now.

Ana Stubbs *- Churchwarden

mermaidpicI 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

Klaus1Having 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 marvelous virtual world of Second Life.

27 thoughts on “The Leadership Team

  1. It’s great to know and see the real faces of the ppl that I like so much and admire their work on SL during this four (nonconsecutive) years. Besides Rev. Gareth, whom I’m friends with it on facebook, I didn’t knew the faces of the other members of SL Anglican Cathedral until now. Hope to see you soon from April 7th. God bless you all

  2. The LT has become in the rest of SL somewhat like the “Sons of Jacob” in Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaiden’s Tale.”

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  4. Helene, because of our time together, I’ve decided to lead morning prayers (from Daily Office) here, at school where I work. They will take place every morning in our chapel. I already have a few faculty interested in attending! My goal is to bring faculty and students together in this unique and sacred way. Most of our faculty are non-liturgical, but there are seekers here. I just thought I would share this with you as a testimony to the influence of your ministry in SL. These are some of the top educators in the North Texas region. And now some of them will be impacted by the offices because of our short time together in SL.

    This reminds me of the 5 loaves our Lord multiplied. 5 loaves–a short time shared in SL / multitude fed–many educators impacted and influencing others. Wow!

    I will let you know how this develops over time.

    • Thanks so much for letting me know, Vin. I hope our short time on Monday will not be the only time we have to share prayer together.

      I wish you well with this new venture and hope it blesses many. I’m firmly convinced that participating in daily prayer which is mostly scripture is a source of great blessing, even to those who may never have experienced it before. It’s not for nothing that our forebears in the monasteries used this discipline of regular prayer as the basis of their Christian walk.

      It was a great privilege for me to be able to introduce you to Anglican worship. So much of what we do in SL I find to be a great privilege. God is good!

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  6. Hi I am new the second Life and just finding my way around. I have joined specifically to research how God can be incarnate in a virtual world. I would really like to chat to people who have joined the worshipping community. My SL character is Beattie Falmer.

    • Glad to hear from you Beattie. I’m sure you will get many chances to chat to people if you join us at our service times or just after when we tend to chat together. If you have specific questions feel free to contact any member of the Leadership Team directly.

  7. PLEASE not a bishop of the internet! We’ve too many already! Used to have twice the people and half the bishops..

    On ministry wasn’t it John Robinson who said, ‘You can have as high a doctrine of the priesthood as you like as long as your doctrine of the church is higher; you can have as high a doctrine of the church as you like as long as your doctrine of the kingdom is higher.’

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  11. Ahh! You on Twitter Phil? I am @RevMarkBrown

  12. Thanks Mark – maybe +John Sentamu could be persuaded to consecrate someone? He’s just started on twitter @JohnSentamu so evidently isn’t afraid of social media connections!

    Cheers!

  13. Greetings Phil,

    Welcome! I am licenced as a Priest to the ministry and we have a couple of Bishops who are involved, +Guildford and +Wellington (NZ) but no Bishop yet! I have floated the idea of a Bishop of the Internet…

  14. Any SL Bishops appointed yet? Even better if they’re twittering too…

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  19. Thanks Harper! Change made.

  20. Since Father Mark is now Father Mark, don’t you think you’d better update his entry up there (grin)?

    Congratulations, Mark!

  21. Mark,

    I have had a (wacky) thought.

    When you are made deacon on the 24th November 2007, would it be worth trying to get a licencing service in the cathedral in SL, perhaps with your diocisean bishop having an avatar for it?

    I have been listened to your sermon on the 5th November, that you don’t want the priesthood to be super-exhaulted above the call of God on each of our lifes.

    What do you think?

    In Christ,
    Tony

  22. Hi,

    I think that I will try and join the Anglican Community in SL, as I created my account there today.

    I am a Christian in the CofE in real life, and have been a scout leader and a youthworker as well as a software engineer.

    My id in SL is TonyG Trefoil.

    In Christ,
    Tony

  23. You already know me as Flora Timeless on SL. I’m just popping by to say hello… and I’m quite glad to be a new parish member! =)

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