Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.

12/07/2007

Virtual Cathedral

Second Life Cathedral
The maasively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMPORG) Second Life has its own Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island with 5 services a week. The virtual community's virtual church had the recent sermon Six Steps to an Amazing Christian Walk. Funded a little over a year ago by Bill Sowers, a member of St David's Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Kansas, the church has planted their church in the virtual world with 9.7 million members around the actual world. As they tell their history, "From March through to May 07 the Cathedral was built and as it took shape we realised this was going to be something special, something exceptional."

Their website is online here: The Anglican Church in Second Life. You can see scenes from the December 2nd worship here: online worship. View the cathedral below:



While I still feel that the incarnation is not virtual reality (see the post Incarnation vs. Cyberspace) and has to involve real people getting together, I am intrigued by the way Anglicans have found to join together in cyberspace for some very real ministry in a virtual location. Unfortunately, I barely have time for my first life. ;-)

peace,
Frank+
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor

Note:
Found artifacts exhibitIn the real world, I have an exhibit of photos in the Coastal Camden Art Gallery in the former Sterling's Restaurant on Osborne Road in St. Marys. Titled Found Artifacts, the exhibit consists of 18 hand-printed fine art photographs from the trip I made to Italy and France earlier this year with my wife and daughter.

3 Comments:

  • At 12/07/2007 6:03 AM, Anonymous Kelly said…

    Virtual Worship...kind of strange, but it beats Halo3.

    The First Friday moms have mass today at the OLSS Historic Chapel--downtown, not online. :) We'll have to stop by and visit your exhibit after mass (and breakfast of course).

     
  • At 12/07/2007 7:20 PM, Blogger Rhonda said…

    Kelly,

    though we didn't get to see it this morning after leaving you I went and picked Brandy up from school for a little mom and daughter hooky :o) and before we picked Harlie up from school just up the road we went in and took a look.

    Wonderful Work Father Frank!! Really very beautiful.

    Brandy already picked one out that she wants for Christmas. :o)

    And Kelly, I enjoyed mass this morning. Much better than anything you can get online. (lol) Don't you think?

     
  • At 12/07/2007 8:43 PM, Anonymous Kelly said…

    Yes, the real Mass is much better. The hugs during the Peace are real! The Blessed Sacrament is real! And, when Father Gabe asked, "Am I making sense here?", everybody nodded. A virtual priest wouldn't see that!

    So, Father Frank, I guess Rhonda and I will be sticking to reality--for church anyway! :)

     

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