Yes, it's a big surprise.
I've been appointed to the Leadership Team of the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life. It's a global ministry of Anglicans that come together in liturgical worship from the Books of Common Prayer from around the world, including the Episcopal Church, the Church of England, and the Church of New Zealand, and other provinces from across the Anglican Communion.
In fact, right now the Cathedral is sponsoring a Posada, where different organizations and individuals are hosting icons of Joseph and Mary as they make their way to the Cathedral in Second Life on Christmas Eve. This is bringing Christians together ecumenically from around the world. Only just today, the Anglican pastor of the cathedral gathered with a Lutheran pastor from Finland as we worshipped in this season of Advent together.
At the same time, Second Life is a dramatic mission field that reflects the reality of our fallen world. It is a mission field for evangelism - evangelism for a new millennium. (The photo above was taken during a recent Sunday Morning Prayer Service at the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life.)
If you want to learn more about the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life or the Anglican Ecumenical Society, which I am also a member of who's mission is to reach out ecumenically to other Christians in Second Life, check out their Facebook pages (here and here) and websites (here and here) or drop a note. This is where Real Life breaks in to Second Life - and people are meeting the Lord and finding their whole life changed.
But not only that, I am finding new opportunities to rebuild bridges that have been sadly burned here in the United States. American Episcopalians and American Anglicans are coming together in worship and building community in Second Life, a community that is based on prayer and studying the scriptures together and building up what was once torn down.
Yes, I'd say we're all surprised.
The two photos above are of the chapel I built in Second Life. It's called Ridley Chapel.
No, I never thought in a million years I'd learn how to do that.
Here's a replay of a report from the PBS Series, Religion & Ethics on the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life:
You can also read more online here, including interviews with folks I now call great friends. It still amazes me that they want me to join them - after all is said and done.
This one is for all of you wonderful, wonderful friends in Second Life - especially now when you have shown me such love and support in the loss of Uncle Bob this week. God bless you all - real life breaks through. Maybe we won't ever meet in Real Life, but we will meet One Day. This one is for you, all of you.
Here is the schedule of services for Advent and Christmas at the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life - come join us. And if you need help in learning how to enter Second Life, just let me know!