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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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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.


It’s The Bishop!

No, you Python-heads, not in that way.  (Sheesh)

The excellent crowd for the service, with Bishop Tom in front pew

Photo courtesy of the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life

In “reality,” the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life had a visit from its Bishop, the Right Rev. Tom Brown of Wellington, New Zealand. The parish had been preparing for this stop-in, and there was a good turnout for him, some thirty avatars, according to the report from the Cathedral blog. (As I was at work yesterday, I couldn’t get to any service, in world or RL.) And, according to Cady Enoch on her Facebook page, our lay minister, Helene Milena, informed her RL bishop about Bishop Tom’s coming, and he decided he was going to drop in as well, totally unexpected! Add a curate on top of that, all greener than the new-mown virtual grass at using Second Life, and things got a little nerve-wracking for the cathedral team. But it came off swimmingly in the end.

If you’re of the mind, please visit the Cathedral blog link above, and you can read Bishop Tom’s homily, based around the history of the spread of Christianity in New Zealand and the message to be servants as well as leaders.  And, as always, you’re welcome to come and worship with us at one of our many services.

Rev. Mark Brown Steps Down from Anglicans of Second Life

Father Mark in Real Life

Father Mark in Real Life

The Reverend Mark Brown stepped down this weekend from his leadership in the Anglicans in Second Life group, the Residents responsible for the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life on Epiphany Island.  Father Mark, ordained a priest in the Anglican Church in New Zealand, was the head of the leadership team within the group, and also offered services in the English Gothic cathedral build, timed for parishioners in the Pacific region time zones.

In his Saturday farewell message, Mark (known in world as Arkin Ariantho) thanked the parish for their support of him, and recalled the work the group has done since early 2007 in building the cathedral and shaping this ministry of the Anglican Communion in a virtual world.  He noted that this kind of gathering of co-religionists from around the Real World, using the power of the Internet, has an ability to bring the Church through the times of controversy and tough decisions.  From a highlights video at the Cathedral blog:

…When someone comes up to you…and argues that this cannot be a real ministry, each of you are proof and evidence to the contrary.  Here we are, assembled from around the world; here we are through the power of the Internet, and we can worship together.  I genuinely believe that, as our church struggles with theological difference, with cultural difference…, this platform of the Internet is one way the Church will be drawn closer into unity…. (I)t may take many years, but that is my offering to you as a thought for the future….


…As I finish up today, again I want to thank each of you for how you’ve been involved.  In finishing up, this ministry will not finish up.  It will continue, I am certain, to grow from strength to strength, from a quirky idea to deeply relevant; from something on the fringes, to something that will transform the very center of our Church….

The ministry continues in the hands of the Leadership Committee, which organizes regular prayer services and discussion groups on Epiphany.


Best wishes to Father Mark as he moves on to new aspects of his vocation.  He will remain in world, just not directly involved with the organizational matters of the Cathedral.  You can follow his writings at his personal blog.

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Anglican Cathedral in Second Life Grows for Its Parishoners

Aside from services at the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life (SLurl), or when I’m lighting a candle for a friend in SL or RL who’s in need, I don’t get much over to Epiphany region.  This is a pity, because it’s gotten even more beautiful over the months from when I first visited there and did a short photo essay.  As you’ll notice from those old exterior shots, about the only thing on the crest of the island besides the cathedral itself was the Tudor-inspired Parish House, which served as a meeting house and office complex as well.

Cathedral Plaza 1 Cathedral Plaza 2 Conference Center exterior

That has now changed.  What had been mostly open stone now has been planted around with flowers and trees; equipped with benches, chairs and fountains; and decorated with an ongoing exhibit of art.  And a grey stone conference center stands behind the Parish House.

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Articles on the Anglican Cathedral

Interest in the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life is spreading slowly.  You can read this article from Episcopal Life Online by Lisa Hamilton, which talks about Epiphany Island and the worshipers who attend service there.  In particular, the article spoke about the effort to build a true community, one of the hallmarks of the Church.

Anglican 9/11 Remembrance Service on Epiphany Island

Among the other remembrance activities today for the seventh anniversary of the September 11th Attacks, there was a service of remembrance and reconciliation held at 1:00 p.m. SLT at the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island.  The service was part of the normal Thursday prayer service, and was conducted by avatar Helene Milena.

I’m not sure if Helene will be publishing her meditation; but one place you may find it is at the church’s blog, The Anglican Church in Second Life.

All are welcome to attend our services; though the orientation is on an Anglican/Episcopalian style service, the message is nondenominational.  See the above blog for news of the schedule, or stop by the Cathedral and the Chapter House for a schedule.

The Peace of the Lord be always with you, and with those gone from our lives.

How to Build a Second Life Church Service

As a deliciously serendipitous tie-in to my own article, Father Mark, deacon in charge of the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island, wrote a piece yesterday on how he puts together his weekly service for Grid “parishioners.”  Give it a look, and meet a very friendly man of the cloth.

The Anglican/Episcopalian (Second) Life

The other afternoon, as I was rezzing in, I received one of the ever-present group notices, from one that I had just joined the previous day. Bible study was scheduled for the next morning, and I would be very welcome to attend at the Parish House.

Yes, religion is present in Second Life as well. Just about any societal-based activity is available on the Grid, and it’s not surprising that the Immanent is there as well. It’s not incredibly thick on the ground, but RL people, if nothing else, will bring their RL beliefs with them into SL — or create religions. Cory Linden was well known as wandering around in the guise of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and the First Second Life Church of Elvis still operates. For myself, though I have a bit of a mystical bent as well, I prefer relatively mainline Christianity, and participate in my area Episcopal church. So, when I read this article from Episcopal Life online, I had to investigate it.


The Anglican Cathedral in Second Life (exterior front)The island is named Epiphany, logically enough. And the owner has built for the glory of God an impressive complex of structures indeed. Here’s the most impressive, the Anglican Cathedral. This pile of prims is an excellent emulation of other well-known piles of RL stonework, scattered about the length of England, and even in the United States, and is sizable. Whoever built it worked carefully and well to get the appearance, inside and out, just right. When I stepped inside, it felt rather like a real cathedral. Here’s a few shots:

Around the cathedral The Parish House Looking at the sanctuary from the pews; I’m in the pulpit The Parish House Fellowship firepit

Five services a week (usually Evening Prayer or Compline, according to my reading) are held, and all are invited. Bible study is part of the program as well. There are also sermons that you can listen to, offered by the “rector,” Rev. Mark Brown of New Zealand. For more information, see the cathedral blog.

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