(Originally posted on the WordPress blog by Caoilin Galthie on August 15, 2011)
I want to share with the group the news that Mason has decided that he
no longer has the time to be actively involved in the group and in
Second Life and has therefore decided to withdraw from the Friends
group. He has turned ownership of the group over to me and has also
transferred to me all donations of Lindens that have been lovingly
given by the community and visitors so that I can use the Lindens to
continue the ministry of this group. (I have transferred these
Lindens to an alt account so the the funds will be kept separate from
my personal funds).
The chapel building was designed and built by Mason and is his
personal property, so he has returned it to his inventory. The prayer
labyrinth is still set up on the parcel, and we will continue to
gather there for Late Night Prayer (Compline). Moving forward I will
be seeking input from the group regarding what kind of facility we
will need and want to support our activities.
St Matthew’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Chapel has been a place of peace and
sanctuary in Second Life since Mason founded it in 2007 in honor of
Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was brutally beaten and murdered
in Wyoming simply because of hatred for how God created him. St.
Matthew’s has been a place to honor and remember our LGBT brothers and
sisters who have faced persecution and death in Real Life. It has
also been the home for our active worshiping community since April of
2010 when several of us left the Anglicans of Second Life group and
made our home at St. Matthew’s.
On behalf of this group and also the LGBT and Christian communities in
Second Life, I thank Mason for his ministry amongst us and for the
beautiful gift of St. Matthew’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Chapel. I hope
that he will rejoin us if his Real Life commitments allow him to get
involved again in Second Life. In the meantime we wish him well and
God’s blessings in all of his endeavors.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me
either by IM, notecard or email at email@example.com