"Religion will not again regain its old power
until it can face change in the same spirit as does science.
Its principles may be eternal,
but the expression of those principles requires continual development."
-- Alfred North Whitehead in Science and the Modern World
First United Church of Christ Second Life has been approved for standing in the Eastern Association, Southern California Nevada Conference, United Church of Christ. Installation will occur in November. We are the first UCC church with standing in virtual reality and the first church of any tradition with actual standing in Second Life. But what is really important is the community of love and support we have established -- especially for folks who identify as LGBTQIA -- who have found with us a place to worship and a community in which to be authentic about who they are. From the very beginning, this has been a team effort by dedicated clergy and lay colleagues. Thanks be to God for showing us that ministry can happen "outside the box."
Who Says a Church Can't Rock?
And rock we did! We did the first of our planned concert series on August 25th on our Events Platform. Featured was a Pink Floyd Tribute Concert performed by Thunder Rock Concerts, a professional concert group in Second Life. For a look at some more Pink Floyd concert pictures, click here.
We Have a New Video on YouTube
Meet Our Newest "Adopted" Child
We are now the proud sponsor of Miss Arlet Yosselin Hernandez Fernandez who lives near Jalisco, Mexico. Arlet was selected to replace Kristine Joy who was our first sponsored child. Kristine has turned 19 and has graduated from the Children International program
Arlet is 16 years old. She lives with her mother and father and 4 siblings (1 brother, 3 sisters). Her father operates a small store and her mother is a homemaker.
We chose to sponsor Arlet because her family lives on an income of approximately $300 (USD) per month. Providing for medical and education needs is difficult under such circumstances. But now, First United Church of Christ Second Life will help defray those expenses! We held a fund-raiser dance Second Life to raise funds to support Arlet. Check out the picture on our News Page. You can help, too, by donating to support the expenses of maintaining this ministry.
Thank you for visiting!
You can visit us any time at First United Church of Christ and Conference Center in the virtual world Second Life -- 24-hours a day, every day. If you have a viewer for Second Life already installed on your computer, you will be teleported directly. If not, you can get a viewer -- free -- by visiting our links page. Our links page is also where you will find tutorials, articles about Second Life and the impact of the virtual world on real people, and much, much more.
You will find a lot to explore when you visit us! Pictured below is a 5 pm Psalter service in Peace Grove. If you are a Second Life resident, come join us! If not a resident yet, now you have a reason! To see the latest snapshots in our gallery, click here.
the voice of Progressive Christianity in virtual universes.
We live out the United Church of Christ notion of extravagant welcome
by providing for all who desire a place to worship
and who seek a community of love and acceptance.
We are proud to be a part of the world's fastest growing LGBT-welcoming church movement, the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ.