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Las Posadas at Cayo

Posadas 2014

My turn came up this year last Friday for the Anglican Cathedral’s Posadas, and I played host again to the Holy Family at my island.  Several people visited, and I took one on a tour of the space station while he was there.  (He enjoyed it a lot, despite it being several hundred years ahead of his preferred time period, 1928 Berlin.)  The statues have technically moved on for the year, but I’ve hung on to copies for my own use.  Any who would like to visit through December 24 are welcome.  However, I’d also encourage you to follow the travels of the “actual” Holy Family by joining the Anglicans of Second Life group.  Notices are posted most days on where the Posadas statues will be bound to, and all are welcome to participate in the rites, as well as share fellowship.

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Posadas Begin, and an Artist to Know

Posadas w Isabel and Philemon Abbot_001

The Anglican Cathedral’s Advent tradition of Posadas has begun again.  For the next four weeks, the Holy Family will travel toward Epiphany Island, stopping at houses and other places along the way for a night or two.  Here we see the statues at Philemon’s and Isabel’s house, a small corner of Canada in the ocean of the Grid.  If you’re interested in keeping up with Mary and Joseph and wish to follow them on their travels, join the Anglican Cathedral group, and you’ll get a daily landmark to where the statues will be.

lindsay Sabetha

While at Phil and Isabel’s house yesterday, I was privileged to meet a friend of theirs, lindsay Sabetha, who is an artist in Real Life, working in acrylics.  She was exhibiting some of her work in a small gallery near where the Posadas statues stood yesterday, and I spoke with her for a time.  lindsay lives east of Toronto in the country, and was extremely lucky to have studied in her younger days under the late Arthur Lismer, CC, one of the founding members of the Canadian Group of Seven (generally credited with establishing a uniquely Canadian æsthetic in landscapes).  If you’re familiar with Lismer’s work, you can see the influences here in lindsay’s style; but I’m tempted to say that her use of color is a touch bolder than her mentor’s was.  She also does excellent seascapes, and I’d urge you to take in an exhibit if you ever get a chance to.


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Second Life Churches — First United Church of Christ

First United Church of Christ and Conference Center, First UCC Island 125,199,25_001

Second in this year’s Advent visits is to the First United Church of Christ in Second Life.  First UCC is run by a RL UCC pastor, who is called Jerome Newstart in world.  This church is a formal “experimental ministry,” set up by the UCC’s Southern California Nevada Conference back in September 2013.

The United Church of Christ is an inclusive ministry, dating back formally to 1957, but having roots among many different denominations.  Their belief is that God still speaks to us in our daily lives, and that none are refused the opportunity to come to His table and partake in His grace.  LGBT people are welcome, as are other denominations, and the members of the church practice what they refer to as “extravagant welcome.”  (More information may be found at the sim, or in their websites [national, regional].)  You can also visit First UCC’s own site.

More pictures after the break.

Second Life Churches — Kirkkosaari Ortodoksi kirkko

Kirkkosaari Ortodoksi kirkko, Kirkkosaari_001_001

A new year is upon us again — a new year according to the Liturgical Calendar, that is, which starts four weeks before Christmas, with the beginning of Advent.  As usual, at this time of year, I like to visit a few churches around Second Life, and show more of the religious aspect of the Grid.

Today’s is a return to a previous region, but a different church in that same sim.  Kirkkosaari is a place of churches, run by a Finnish group.  I visited the Ristikiven kirkko a few years ago at this time, and here is its sister church on the same island, the Kirkkosaari Ortodoksi kirkko, or Kirkkosaari Orthodox Church.  The onion-bulb domes topped by Byzantine crosses would be a dead giveaway to the orientation of this particular church, which does not appear to have a regular congregation.  However, it is open for prayer and meditation, and the interior is lovely.

Kirkkosaari Ortodoksi kirkko, Kirkkosaari_001_002

The iconostasis, or wall of icons, is also typical of Eastern Orthodox churches, and this one is quite nice, with depictions of many saints and other notable works of religious art.  Behind the gate in the center is the main altar; the room there also appears to be a sacristy of some kind.  There is no seating in the nave, or main body of the church, but you will find non-animated benches to either side in the transept, the “cross arm” of the building.


Posadas are Here Again

Posada 12-5-13

With Advent comes the annual tradition of the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life — the Posadas pilgrimage to houses and other venues, as members of the Cathedral host the Holy Family, a different place each day, on their way to the Cathedral on Christmas Eve.  I’m not hosting this year, but I will probably follow the statues from time to time.  (This photo is at Helene’s house in the Linden estates, taken early this morning.)

If you’re curious, contact Helene Milena in world, or join the Cathedral group, which is free.  You will be most welcome.


Posted December 5, 2013 by Harper Ganesvoort in Religion

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Second Life Churches — St. Luke’s Episcopal Parish

St Luke's Episcopal Parish, Nestor 15,166,104_001

St. Luke’s Episcopal is a parish that looks to be thriving in the midst of a mainland continent.  The animated sign outside the building (which smacks of Spanish mission architecture to me, similar to the Alamo) shows regular services.  The parish has a long, relatively narrow piece of land here, and they’ve screened out some of their neighbors with solid walls and a bit of landscaping — though there’s little around them aside from a high-rise (out of frame) that blares for commercial attention.

St Luke's Episcopal Parish, Nestor 15,166,104_003

The sanctuary itself is also quite pretty — as you can see here, it’s hung in Sarum blue for Advent.  There are icons of Saint Luke on the pillars, and the feel is that of a European-style church that has been in use for many years, since perhaps the 1600s or so.

  • This is my third year of an Advent tradition of looking at churches around Second Life, following my annual hosting of the Holy Family statues for the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life’s Posada progress.  For other articles, you can search the blog.


Second Life Churches — Old High Church, Inverness City

Every year, during Advent, I look for a few nicely built churches, preferably with active congregations, to show the different places of worship available for us as avatars.  Some might debate the sanctity of these places; but it’s my opinion that the faith of the congregation and its practices are what bring sanctity to the place.

Old High Church, Inverness City 213,116,23_001

For instance, take the Old High Church in Inverness City region.  Set apart from the commercial street on its own plot of ground, it’s a pretty stone church built in a style that would look at home in Inverness or Edinburgh in the Real World.  The builders took care with the grounds here, and included such touches as the memorial you see in the corner, which points to a local castle….

Old High Church, Inverness City 213,116,23_003

And a small patch of graveyard, with a memorial tablet to the dead from World War I.  (The two wings were added following World War II.)

Old High Church, Inverness City 213,116,23_004

The sanctuary is warm and lovely, with room for about 20.  Services are held Sundays at 9:30 a.m. SLT.  I’m not sure what the denomination is, but I think it’s either Church of England or Scotland (which is a variant on the Church of England).


Posada 2012 at Harper’s Place

Posada 2012

It was a happiness to again host the statues of Mary and Joseph for this year’s Posada progress, part of the advent celebrations by the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life.  Here I am with two of the visitors I had through the day, Nancy Braveheart and Supergrade Berliner.

If you would like to follow the Holy Family’s journey to the Cathedral (which they will reach on Christmas Eve), contact Helene Milena in world, or join the Cathedral group.  The landmark to the next destination is sent out in group announcements each day.


Posted December 6, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal, Religion

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Second Life Churches — St. George’s Church, Augia

Another visit to an in-world church here, part of this year’s Christmas travels to Second Life places of worship.

Saint George’s Church is a Catholic church institution, administered by the German Archdiocese of Freiburg, as you can see from the flag in front of the door.  They hold periodic prayer services — the schedule is available on a tablet near the door in the entry arch — but not much more than this, at least from the appearances.  I will admit that I have got no German, though, and attempting to get great gobs of sense from Google Translate or Babelfish results is never a happy experience (grin).

Irregardless of this, it’s a pretty little church, very medieval in decoration on the interior walls if my art classes are still remembered.  A single long central aisle leads to the altar and the crucifix in the back, hung on the apse.  The ring of green that you see to the right of the altar is the Advent wreath, the decoration given here to the church for the Christmastime.  One can sit back and listen to a homily in the pews, or kneel to pray as the spirit moves you.

Up the right aisle, you’ll find a lovely baroque statue of Saint George slaying the dragon.  Most English speakers think of George purely as the patron saint of England; but he was also the patron of all knight in general, and is celebrated throughout Europe.  There is also a nice Pietà statue in the left aisle.

Outside again, behind the church, you’ll find a very nice fellowship circle of benches — note the Advent wreath again, this time hanging in midair (grin) — and a stone path leading up to a small chapel.

There’s at least one more building connected with the archdiocese in the town across the street from the church; it carries clickable pictures leading to pages at their Web site.  Note that they are mostly in German; so, if you’re interested, you may want to have a translator page open, despite my dissing them up above.

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