First United Church SL The Book

First UCC SL

Just over two years ago I went to visit The First United Church of Christ in Second Life where I spoke to Reverend Becca Kellstrom and Reverend Jerome Newstart, known as Rev. Dr. Jerold Garber outside of Second Life.

In an interview that I published in two parts they explained to me how the church worked in Second Life and some of their experiences within the virtual world.

Rev. Dr. Jerold Garber has now published a book of his own, Ministry to the Avatars: Building a Real Church in a Virtual World.  The book is published by Archway Publishing From Simon & Schuster. I haven’t read the book, so this post is not going to contain a review.

Rooftop View

The blurb for the book gives some insight into the content :

In Ministry to the Avatars: Building a Real Church in a Virtual World, author and reverend Dr. Jerold A. Garber shares the transcendent story of First United Church of Christ Second Life—a virtual church designed and built in Second Life,

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Cake Against Cancer In Second Life For Macmillan Coffee Morning

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I am a little late posting this but there’s still time to enjoy cake in Second Life because today is Cake Against Cancer day, courtesy of Prim Perfect and Cheertopia and all for a very good cause.

The event is part of a bigger event, the biggest coffee morning in the world, organised by the UK Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Cakes Are Not a Lie
Today’s event will start at 1pm SLT at Prim Perfect HQ, where DJ Elrik Merlin will be spinning the tunes until 3pm and then the event moves to Cheertopia, home of the Second Life Cheerleaders who will be holding a bake sale for the cause.

Prim Perfect have been holding Macmillan Coffee Mornings in aid of this cause since 2013 and have raised over £540.00 (over US$720) through the sale of virtual cake.

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Linden Lab Issue Important Update For International Credit Card Users

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Linden Lab have posted a very important update for Second Life users outside the United States who have credit card information on file; Important Update for International Credit Card Users :

Due to some unexpected changes with our International Billing system, some Residents outside the United States with a Credit Card on file may have difficulty with their current payment method as of September 30, 2017.

The workaround for this unexpected magical glitch on Linden Lab’s billing system is to enter your credit card details again.

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Linden Lab Issue Warning About Account Security and Inform Users About Potential Viewer Install Warnings

Linden Lab have blogged about a couple of important issues that could impact your enjoyment of Second Life. One is about account security, which is very important and the other is about potential warnings when you try to install Second Life, which contains helpful knowledge.

The account security blog post; An Important Reminder About Account Security, informs us :

It has come to our attention that some Residents are sending messages – which may appear as popup windows in some viewers – informing other Residents that their accounts have been compromised and encouraging them to contact Support, using a phone number that is not associated with Linden Lab.

These messages are phishing attempts to gain access to your Second Life account. Neither Linden Lab, nor Second Life Customer Support, would attempt to contact you in this manner.

Please make sure you are aware of this issue, the blog post from Linden Lab contains links to support, so it’s well worth taking a look at the post.

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Visiting Rustica and Beyond In Support of Maxwell Graf and Lyrric Fei

Maxwell Graf Studying

Saffia Widdershins has posted a blog about a serious situation : Can You Help Maxwell Graf and Lyrric Fei of Rustica?

Maxwell and Lyrric are in a very unfortunate and serious situation and if people can spare a bit of time to read Saffia’s post it would be appreciated.

I am not going to go into the details of the post here, but I will talk a little about Maxwell and his work in Second Life and beyond.

Rustuica

Maxwell Graf, in the form of Maxwell Graf at least, arrived in Second Life in October 2006, so he’s no stranger to the medium and has made good use of it.

Maxwell Graf & Vaki Zenovka 2Flickr

Maxwell, sometimes sporting a funny hat or headgear, sometimes sporting a droopy moustache, but mostly sporting a laugh and smile has been to many events in between creating, throwing snowballs in years gone by.

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