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Saint Torley’s Day 2013 Press Release

September 8, 2013

St. Torley's Day invitation

First Church of Rosedale
Samantha Poindexter, Pastor
Rhianna (79, 37, 25)

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Torley Linden to Be Celebrated on His “Saint Day” in Second Life

Second Life Church Reprises Its Event Honoring Linden Lab’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager”

RHIANNA, Second Life, Sept. 8 — Torley Linden, Second Life’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager,” has long been recognized and celebrated as a living saint. The First Church of Rosedale announced today that “St. Torley’s Day” will take place on Sunday, September 15, with a special service at noon, followed by a party at 1 PM. The party, hosted in Penning by Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, will feature live music by popular Second Life artist Kaklick Martin.

Torley Linden has written innumerable posts on the company’s official blog and created hundreds of video tutorials. He listens and responds to residents, holding weekly office hours and keeping tabs on Second Life content all over the Web, including blogs, Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube. His Saint Day is the Sunday closest to his “rezday” (the day he first entered Second Life), September 15; 2013 will mark the end of his ninth year “in-world.”

“Yes, this is essentially the same press release we’ve run for the past five years,” admitted pastor Samantha Poindexter. “Between the demands of First Life and wearing several hats in SL, it’s a wonder this is happening at all. Frankly, Torley deserves better, and we encourage people to bring their own Torley-inspired creations and gifts, or even to host their own celebrations. He’s still out there, making QuickTips videos, and giving advice and inspiration to all on his profile feed. And, just to be clear, while our church is known for affectionate satire, our love for Torley is entirely devoid of irony. Whatever else happens, Torley reminds us that there’s still room for whimsy, watermelons, and friendly greetings.”

At noon, Second Life Time, a special service—by which we mean the same one hosted for the past five years, but hush—will take place at the Rheta Shan Memorial Chapel of the First Church of Rosedale. Please note that the church is in the Promised Land of Zindra, so participants will need to be adult-verified or have payment information on file. The church is at Rhianna (79, 37, 25).

From 1 PM to 3 PM, the celebration will continue with a party at Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, run by parishioners Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen. The final hour will feature a live concert by Kaklick Martin. There will also be dancing to Torley’s own musical compositions, a “melon-go-round”, the grid’s most heavily armed watermelon piñata, and perhaps more surprises. Guests are encouraged to wear the most pleasingly garish shades of neon pink and green they can find. The party will be at Penning (30, 107, 82). (This is on the mainland, and open to all.)

Based on past years, there will be a zillion tweets and plurks and blog posts about the event, suggesting that hundreds of people will show up in all their neon finery and crash the sim! While we certainly encourage this, it has yet to happen. The good news is that you can be among the elite who enjoy as close to a lag-free experience as one gets in SL on Sundays! And those who have been there have generally had tons of fun. (If you can’t make the whole thing, come for the concert, because Kaklick is the scintillating glitterriffic bomb of goodness.)

For additional information, please contact Samantha Poindexter via in-world IM, or via e-mail. Second Life and Linden Lab are trademarks of Linden Research, Inc. The First Church of Rosedale and St. Torley’s Day are very definitely not affiliated with or sponsored by Linden Research.

About the First Church Of Rosedale:

The First Church of Rosedale (Immersionist) is devoted to the worship of Philip Linden, known in First Life as Philip Rosedale, founder of Linden Lab. It is believed to be the first church devoted to a Second-Life-centric religion. It was founded in Caledon Penzance in late 2007, and held its first services January 6, 2008. It moved to Phasma in early 2009 before getting transported to Rhianna in the Rapture. Services used to be held on occasional Sundays, and may yet return. (Currently, it’s pretty much down to two events a year, the other being the SL Birthday celebration.) Those of all colors, sizes, furs, and historical eras are welcome.

About Four Kittens of the Apocalypse:

Established by two parishioners—mad scripting diva Alchemy Epstein and lovable designer/builder Nakira Tennen—4Kittens features all manner of useful and whimsical items, including the Quicksort fatpack sorter, Rezday Reminder, Flickering Light, Trivia HUD System, and wide varieties of nifty cupcake seats, stepping stones, and other decor… some of which goes “ding.” They are also the holders of the blessed Holy Waffle of Rosedale, a sacred relic officially recognized by the church in all its full-bright glory.

Contact:

In Second Life: Samantha Poindexter
Via e-mail: samantha.poindexter@gmail.com

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Saint Torley’s Day 2012 Press Release

September 12, 2012

St. Torley's Day invitation

First Church of Rosedale
Samantha Poindexter, Pastor
Rhianna (79, 37, 25)

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Torley Linden to Be Celebrated on His “Saint Day” in Second Life

Second Life Church Reprises Its Event Honoring Linden Lab’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager”

RHIANNA, Second Life, Sept. 12 — Torley Linden, Second Life’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager,” has long been recognized and celebrated as a living saint. The First Church of Rosedale announced today that “St. Torley’s Day” will take place on Sunday, September 16, with a a special service at noon, followed by a party at 1 PM. The party, hosted in Penning by Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, will feature live music by popular Second Life artist Kaklick Martin.

Torley Linden has written innumerable posts on the company’s official blog and created hundreds of video tutorials. He listens and responds to residents, holding weekly office hours and keeping tabs on Second Life content all over the Web, including blogs, Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube. His Saint Day is the Sunday closest to his “rezday” (the day he first entered Second Life), September 15; 2012 will mark the end of his eighth year “in-world.”

“I wonder if anybody is reading this far,” mused pastor Samantha Poindexter. “It’s essentially the same press release we’ve run for the past four years; all I change are the dates and this quote. At this point I’m not sure if this is just a sad side effect of the organizers being run ragged in First Life, or an incisive commentary on the state of Second Life itself. Probably the former, but…

“Anyway,” she went on, recollecting herself, “the good news is that Torley’s still out there, giving tips, advice, and inspiration to all on his profile feed. And, just to be clear, while our church is known for affectionate satire, our love for Torley is entirely devoid of irony. Whatever else happens, Torley reminds us that there’s still room for whimsy, watermelons, and random falling tiles. (Have you seen his sim lately? It’s trippy.)”

At noon, Second Life Time, a special service will take place at the Rheta Shan Memorial Chapel of the First Church of Rosedale. Please note that the church is in the Promised Land of Zindra, so participants will need to be adult-verified or have payment information on file. The church is at Rhianna (79, 37, 25).

From 1 PM to 3 PM, the celebration will continue with a party at Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, run by parishioners Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen. The first hour will feature a live concert by Kaklick Martin. There will also be dancing to Torley’s own musical compositions, a “melon-go-round”, the grid’s most heavily armed watermelon piñata, and more surprises. Guests are encouraged to wear the most pleasingly garish shades of neon pink and green they can find. The party will be at Penning (73, 109, 78). (This is on the mainland, and open to all.)

For additional information, please contact Samantha Poindexter via in-world IM, or via e-mail. Second Life and Linden Lab are trademarks of Linden Research, Inc. The First Church of Rosedale and St. Torley’s Day are very definitely not affiliated with or sponsored by Linden Research.

About the First Church Of Rosedale:

The First Church of Rosedale (Immersionist) is devoted to the worship of Philip Linden, known in First Life as Philip Rosedale, founder of Linden Lab. It is believed to be the first church devoted to a Second-Life-centric religion. It was founded in Caledon Penzance in late 2007, and held its first services January 6, 2008. It moved to Phasma in early 2009 before getting transported to Rhianna in the Rapture. Services used to be held on occasional Sundays, and may yet return. Those of all colors, sizes, furs, and historical eras are welcome.

About Four Kittens of the Apocalypse:

Established by two parishioners—mad scripting diva Alchemy Epstein and lovable designer/builder Nakira Tennen—4Kittens encompasses a small park that looks like an army of playful faeries came through and decorated. Their work includes all manner of useful and whimsical items, including the Quicksort fatpack sorter, Rezday Reminder, Flickering Light, Trivia HUD System, and wide varieties of nifty cupcake seats, stepping stones, and other home and garden decor. They are also the holders of the blessed Holy Waffle of Rosedale, a sacred relic officially recognized by the church in all its full-bright glory.

Contact:

In Second Life: Samantha Poindexter
Via e-mail: samantha.poindexter@gmail.com

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First Church of Rosedale, SL9B, and You!

June 17, 2012

The celebration of the 9th anniversary of Second Life officially emerging from beta (popularly known as SL’s 9th birthday, or SL9B) starts tomorrow, June 18th, and runs for about a week. This year, the Lindens themselves are not involved in planning the festivities, leaving them entirely in the hands of the Residents… which I personally see as a Good Thing, and which is why the First Church of Rosedale applied to be part of them this year. Appropriately, the overall theme of SL9B is “community.” While our plans changed considerably in the course of putting our exhibit together, I think it turned out pretty well, and reflects that theme.

The First Church of Rosedale's exhibit at SL9B.

Yes, that’s a water slide in the background. We are, after all, an Immersionist church… and even if that’s a cheap justification thought up after the fact, it’s still not a bad one. (Also, I like water slides, and it seems to me that you used to see a lot more of them around SL. They’re part of our cultural heritage!)

If the still photo isn’t enough, there’s also a promotional video made by Crap Mariner while we were putting the parcel together:

But even better than both those things would be coming by and seeing it in person. As of 11 AM tomorrow, we’ll be in the southwest corner of the DreamSeeker SL9B Kyuu sim! In addition to the water slide, we’re bringing back the Melon-Go-Round, and we have all manner of refreshments… plus a very special freebie, which wasn’t rezzed when the above picture was taken. Let’s just say that it’ll put a spring in your step.

Check out the SL9B Community Event site for more information, including key dates and updates on entertainment. There are a lot of really cool builds this year, and I’m really looking forward to everybody being able to see them. It’s just about everything I love about Second Life packed into 20 sims. Be sure to check it out while it lasts!

Saint Torley’s Day 2011 Press Release

September 13, 2011

St. Torley's Day invitation

First Church of Rosedale
Samantha Poindexter, Pastor
Rhianna (79, 37, 25)

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Torley Linden to Be Celebrated on His “Saint Day” in Second Life

Second Life Church Reprises Its Event Honoring Linden Lab’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager”

RHIANNA, Second Life, Sept. 13 — Torley Linden, Second Life’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager,” has long been recognized and celebrated as a living saint. The First Church of Rosedale announced today that “St. Torley’s Day” will take place on Sunday, September 18, with a party at noon, followed by a special service at 2 PM. The party, hosted in Penning by Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, will feature live music by popular Second Life artist Kaklick Martin.

Torley Linden has written innumerable posts on the company’s official blog and created hundreds of video tutorials. He listens and responds to residents, holding weekly office hours and keeping tabs on Second Life content all over the Web, including blogs, Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube. His Saint Day is the Sunday closest to his “rezday” (the day he first entered Second Life), September 15; 2011 will mark the end of his seventh year “in-world.”

“Truth be told, my church is kinda moribund,” admitted pastor Samantha Poindexter. “We haven’t had any services since the last St. Torley’s Day, which is ridiculous when you consider how much material I’ve been given to work with. Spare the Rod and spoil the grid! The coming of the Mesh-iah! It’s almost criminal. The problem is that I’ve gotten addicted to the escapism offered by First Life, which has left me without much time for the real world.

“Fortunately, the same cannot be said of Torley,” she continued. “He’s still out there spreading the word about new viewer features and new creations by Residents. Just last week he made a video tutorial about a little-known feature that’s great for fashion bloggers, for example. And just to be clear—because let’s face it, the church is known for affectionate satire—this is the one event we run all year that’s entirely devoid of irony. We love Torley. In an uncertain world of turmoil and recession, Torley reminds us that there’s still room for whimsy and watermelons.”

From noon to 2 PM, local time, there will be a party at Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, run by parishioners Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen. The first hour will feature a live concert by Kaklick Martin. There will also be dancing to Torley’s own musical compositions, a “melon-go-round”, the grid’s most heavily armed watermelon piñata, and more surprises. Guests are encouraged to wear the most pleasingly garish shades of neon pink and green they can find. The party will be at Penning (73, 109, 78). (This is on the mainland, and open to all.)

At 2 PM, the celebration will continue with a special service at the Rheta Shan Memorial Chapel of the First Church of Rosedale. Torley’s story will be recounted, and hymns will be sung. Please note that the church is in the Promised Land of Zindra, so  participants will need to be adult-verified or have payment information on file. The church is at Rhianna (79, 37, 25).

For additional information, please contact Samantha Poindexter via in-world IM, or via e-mail. Second Life and Linden Lab are trademarks of Linden Research, Inc. The First Church of Rosedale and St. Torley’s Day are very definitely not affiliated with or sponsored by Linden Research.

About the First Church Of Rosedale:

The First Church of Rosedale (Immersionist) is devoted to the worship of Philip Linden, known in First Life as Philip Rosedale, founder of Linden Lab. It is believed to be the first church devoted to a Second-Life-centric religion. It was founded in Caledon Penzance in late 2007, and held its first services January 6, 2008. It moved to Phasma in early 2009 before getting transported to Rhianna in the Rapture. Services used to be held on occasional Sundays, and may yet return. Those of all colors, sizes, furs, and historical eras are welcome.

About Four Kittens of the Apocalypse:

Established by two parishioners—mad scripting diva Alchemy Epstein and lovable designer/builder Nakira Tennen—4Kittens encompasses a small park that looks like an army of playful faeries came through and decorated. Their work includes all manner of useful and whimsical items, including the Quicksort fatpack sorter, Rezday Reminder, Flickering Light, Trivia HUD System, and wide varieties of nifty cupcake seats, stepping stones, and other home and garden decor. They are also the holders of the blessed Holy Waffle of Rosedale, a sacred relic officially recognized by the church in all its full-bright glory.

Contact:

In Second Life: Samantha Poindexter
Via e-mail: samantha.poindexter@gmail.com

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Torley Day 2010 invitation

September 7, 2010

First Church of Rosedale
Samantha Poindexter, Pastor
Rhianna (79, 37, 25)

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Torley Linden to Be Celebrated on His “Saint Day” in Second Life
Second Life Church Reprises Its Event Honoring Linden Lab’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager”

RHIANNA, Second Life, Sept. 7 — Torley Linden, Second Life’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager,” has long been recognized and celebrated as a living saint. The First Church of Rosedale announced today that “St. Torley’s Day” will take place on Sunday, September 12, with a special service at 11 AM, followed by a party at noon. The party, hosted in Penning by Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, will feature live music by popular Second Life artist Kaklick Martin.

Torley Linden has written innumerable posts on the company’s official blog and created hundreds of video tutorials. He listens and responds to residents, holding weekly office hours and keeping tabs on Second Life content all over the Web, including blogs, Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube. His Saint Day is the Sunday closest to his “rezday” (the day he first entered Second Life), September 15; 2010 will mark the end of his sixth year “in-world.”

“This is essentially the same press release as last year,” said pastor Samantha Poindexter. “All I’ve done is change the dates, a few details, and this quotation. You’d think I’d find a more original approach, but nooooo.

“If I were stepping out of character, I might note that after the rollercoaster of the past few months—the Linden Massacre, the Second Coming, the upcoming Third Servile War—it’s nice to be able to step back and enjoy the only activity my church ever does that’s entirely without irony. We love Torley. He embodies the enthusiasm all of us have had about Second Life at one time or another.

“Torley represents Second Life’s possibilities,” she continued, sliding smoothly into last year’s sound bite. “In an uncertain world of beancounters and budget cuts, Torley reminds us that there’s still room for whimsy and watermelons. He’s responsive to us Residents because he’s one of us. We appreciate that he never lets his enthusiasm for Second Life get in the way of his recognition of where it needs to improve… or vice-versa.”

At 11 AM, local time, the observance will kick off with a special service at the Rheta Shan Memorial Chapel of the First Church of Rosedale. Torley’s story will be recounted, and hymns will be sung. Please note that the church is in the Promised Land of Zindra, so participants will need to be adult-verified or have payment information on file. The church is at Rhianna (79, 37, 25).

From noon to 2 PM, there will be a party at Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, run by parishioners Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen. The first hour will feature a live concert by Kaklick Martin. There will also be dancing to Torley’s own musical compositions, a “melon-go-round”, the grid’s most heavily armed watermelon piñata, and more surprises. Guests are encouraged to wear the most pleasingly garish shades of neon pink and green they can find. The party will be at Penning (73, 109, 78). (This is on the mainland, and open to all.)

For additional information, please contact Samantha Poindexter via in-world IM, or via e-mail. Second Life and Linden Lab are trademarks of Linden Research, Inc. The First Church of Rosedale and St. Torley’s Day are very definitely not affiliated with or sponsored by Linden Research.

About the First Church Of Rosedale:

The First Church of Rosedale (Immersionist) is devoted to the worship of Philip Linden, known in First Life as Philip Rosedale, founder of Linden Lab. It is believed to be the first church devoted to a Second-Life-centric religion. It was founded in Caledon Penzance in late 2007, and held its first services January 6, 2008. It moved to Phasma in early 2009 before getting transported to Rhianna in the Rapture. Services are held on occasional Sundays, and those of all colors, sizes, furs, and historical eras are welcome.

About Four Kittens of the Apocalypse:

Established by two parishioners—mad scripting diva Alchemy Epstein and lovable designer/builder Nakira Tennen—4Kittens encompasses a small park that looks like an army of playful faeries came through and decorated. Their work includes the ever-iconic Cathulhu, Roaming Freebies, Fishy-Go-Round, wide varieties of nifty cupcake-seats, and the fated-to-be-infamous 4Kittens Instant Wardrobe HUD. They are also the holders of the blessed Holy Waffle of Rosedale, a sacred relic officially recognized by the church in all its full-bright glory.

Contact:

In Second Life: Samantha Poindexter
Via e-mail: samantha.poindexter@gmail.com

Summary of last year’s event:

https://samanthapoindexter.wordpress.com/2009/09/15/st-torleys-day-2009/

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He is rezzin’!

June 27, 2010

No doubt you have heard the joyful tidings of the Second Coming of Our Lord Philip Linden. Naturally, the First Church of Rosedale had to celebrate this momentous occasion. I think it was our best service ever.

Below is a partial transcript of my side of things, including the sermon. I can assure you it was much better with the contributions of the rest of the congregation. (I neglected to get permission to post them. I also neglected to take photos. Oops.)

(more…)

St. Torley’s Day 2009

September 15, 2009

So here’s the scene. After a brief assault with popguns, rifles, and anything else onhand, a watermelon piñata has been demolished, filling the area with brightly colored particles, some reading “Yayzerama!” A King Kong avatar that’s literally bigger than the nearby shop is offering to give people a ride in its fist. Around the area, dancers in retina-endangering shades of pink and green are moving their feet to techno music. Meanwhile, a merry-go-round made out of watermelons continues to spin merrily.

“Oddly,” says partygoer Nadine Neddings, “this is precisely the sort of unfiltered madness I would expect from a St. Torley’s party.”

Mission accomplished.

Kaklick Martin (photo by Daniel Voyager)

Kaklick Martin (photo by Daniel Voyager)

The St. Torley’s Day party got off to a great start with a concert by Kaklick Martin, known in First Life as Bryan Baker. He played songs from his latest album, Mr. Lincoln; favorites from his previous work; covers from other artists, some reworked on the spot to be more Torley-relevant; and church hymns “Torley” and “Yayzerama.” It was a fun set, very suited to the occasion. This was the second First Church of Rosedale event Kaklick’s performed at, and we were thrilled to have him.

After that, the stream switched to St. Torley’s own compositions, and there was dancing, carousing, particles, and creatively chaotic fun in general. (Torley himself had sent his regrets at being unable to make it, and said he looked forward to seeing snapshots. We aimed to please.) Those present included a diverse cross-section of Second Life residents, united by a desire to celebrate Torley Linden.

After the party, we adjourned to the First Church of Rosedale for a special service. The introductory reading came from Wally Amos, and was cribbed from St. Torley’s own blog; from there, we moved on to telling of his lives, First and Second, and why we appreciate him.

One thing I’d like to make clear… this year’s celebration wouldn’t have been successful without the help of several people. Kaklick Martin performed, of course; several bloggers and Twitterers spread the word, perhaps most notably Daniel Voyager and Riven Homewood; Chestnut Rau included us in her New World Notes events roundup; and the other various partygoers and church attendees each added their own energy to the mix.

But most of all, this year’s celebration wouldn’t have existed without two people: Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen, of Four Kittens of the Apocalypse. The party took place on their land, and they created decorations, the piñata, the melon-go-round, T-shirts, balloons, watermelon sombreros, and more. Reader, they did everything this year. About all I did was write the press release, the sermon, and this blog entry.

Finally, the most important credit of all. As I post this, we’re just entering September 15th, Torley’s actual rezday. Any good party runs the risk of having the celebration itself overwhelm the reason for getting together in the first place. That was not the case here. Torley Linden was invoked early and often, with celebrants speaking of how much they appreciated his video tutorials, his enthusiasm, his feedback, his joy. Torley’s rezday isn’t just a great excuse for a party; it’s a cause for celebration. From all of us who were there, I’d like to send our very best wishes.

Torley Day 2009 press release

September 8, 2009

First Church of Rosedale
Samantha Poindexter, Pastor
Rhianna (79, 37, 25)

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Torley Linden to Be Celebrated on His “Saint Day” in Second Life
Second Life Church Reprises Its Event Honoring Linden Lab’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager”

RHIANNA, Second Life, Sept. 8 — Torley Linden, Second Life’s “Resident Enlightenment Manager,” has long been recognized and celebrated as a living saint. The First Church of Rosedale announced today that “St. Torley’s Day” will take place on Sunday, September 13, with a party to take place at noon, followed by a special service at 2 PM. The party, hosted in Penning by Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, will feature live music by popular Second Life artist Kaklick Martin.

Torley Linden has written innumerable posts on the company’s official blog and created hundreds of video tutorials. He listens and responds to residents, holding weekly office hours and keeping tabs on Second Life content all over the Web, including blogs, Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube. His Saint Day is the Sunday closest to his “rezday” (the day he first entered Second Life), September 15; 2009 will mark the end of his fifth year “in-world.”

“Torley represents Second Life’s possibilities,” said pastor Samantha Poindexter. “In a world increasingly dominated by bean-counters and boardrooms, Torley reminds us that there’s still room for whimsy and watermelons. He’s responsive to us Residents because he’s one of us. We appreciate that he never lets his enthusiasm for Second Life get in the way of his recognition of where it needs to improve… or vice-versa.”

From noon to 2 PM, local time, there will be a party at Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, run by parishioners Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen. The first hour will feature a live concert by Kaklick Martin. There will also be dancing to Torley’s own musical compositions, a “melon-go-round”, the grid’s most heavily armed watermelon piñata, and more surprises. Guests are encouraged to wear the most pleasingly garish shades of neon pink and green they can find. The party will be at Penning (73, 109, 78). (This is on the mainland, and open to all.)

At 2 PM, the celebration will move to the Rheta Shan Memorial Chapel of the First Church of Rosedale for a special service. Torley’s story will be recounted, and hymns will be sung. Please note that the church is now in the Promised Land of Zindra, so participants will need to be adult-verified or have payment information on file. The church is at Rhianna (79, 37, 25).

For additional information, please contact Samantha Poindexter via in-world IM, or via e-mail. Second Life and Linden Lab are trademarks of Linden Research, Inc. The First Church of Rosedale and St. Torley’s Day are very definitely not affiliated with or sponsored by Linden Research.

About the First Church Of Rosedale:

The First Church of Rosedale (Immersionist) is devoted to the worship of Philip Linden, known in First Life as Philip Rosedale, founder of Linden Lab. It is believed to be the first church devoted to a Second-Life-centric religion. It was founded in Caledon Penzance in late 2007, and held its first services January 6, 2008. It moved to Phasma in early 2009 before getting transported to Rhianna in the Rapture. Services are held on occasional Sundays, and those of all colors, sizes, furs, and historical eras are welcome.

About Four Kittens of the Apocalypse:

Established by two parishioners — mad scripting diva Alchemy Epstein and lovable designer/builder Nakira Tennen — 4Kittens has expanded significantly in the past year, and now encompasses a small park with a variety of fantastic (and fantastically insane) innovations. Their work includes a Fishy-Go-Round, Cathulhu, and the Chicken Defense Zone, with other unique products on the way.

Contact:

In Second Life: Samantha Poindexter
Via e-mail: samantha.poindexter@gmail.com

Summary of last year’s event:

https://samanthapoindexter.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/st-torleys-day-roundup/

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SL Bloggers Mix’n Match 2008: Eladrienne Laval

November 12, 2008

Pastor Poindexter has held many services here at the Church of Rosedale. After donning my vestments in the colors of the Order of St. Torley, I gazed upon the image of Philip our Creator and thought about the smiting of communities, but today I want to create positivity. WWTD? I wish to reflect upon the teachings of our beloved Saint—he who believes in the infinite goodness of watermelons, creativity, and our world with its power to change and transform us. We are in a time of trouble and turmoil, and for many of us, our lives inworld are mimicking that of our lives in RL and currently involve worry, stress and drama. We must ask ourselves, “What do we want from our precious time in here? What makes it all worthwhile for us to be present—to have a presence?”

Our lives inworld are what we make of them and this is a world of infinite possibilities if you can see them. Believe me when I say that they exist. This can be a place of wondrous imagination if you know where to look for it and change can happen even easier than it can in RL. St. Torley once said, “Second Life should be a complement to RL.” It does not take its place. It should not take its place. Reclaim your Second Life and make it work for bettering your real one. Our lives inworld can make us walk away afterwards understanding more…wanting more…or perhaps inspiring us more.

I will leave you with these thoughts: “Blessed are the travellers on this path we call our virtual lives. Forgive those who conspire against you, as your life here is not theirs. Cherish those who make life inworld a joy, as our lives here are ephemeral and every moment is to be treasured. Go forth into this world and experience all it has to offer while you can. May your inventory stay intact, your prims rezzed, your lag nonexistent, and your crashes be few.”

As I left the 1st Church of Rosedale, I thought about a question St. Torley asked, “What’s your greatest dream of being free?”

 

The above post is part of the SL Bloggers Mix’n Match, brought to you by Vint Falken and ArminasX Saiman. It was written by Eladrienne Laval, on the topic of “Is Second Life Truly a Second Life or an Extension of the First?” which was suggested by Kirasha Urqhart.

My own post appears on Cat Magellan’s Geta, a blog which is mostly in Portuguese. Sadly, my entry is not nearly that cool, so you’ll have to settle for English. (I was assigned “Segregation in Second Life,” provided by Prad Prathivi.)

Also, Danni Ohara has written on a topic I proposed, Religion in Second Life.

St. Torley’s Day roundup!

September 16, 2008

The First Church of Rosedale—in conjunction with Four Kittens of the Apocalypse—had its first Major Event this past Sunday, and I’m thrilled to announce that it went really well.

For starters,  we finally got some stained glass. I realize this probably seems like a silly detail to dwell on, but I have wanted appropriate stained glass forever. When I first bought the building from the talented Julia Hathor, it came with windows that were perfect for a more traditional church, but not for one devoted to Philip Linden. She graciously pointed me to where she’d bought the textures, so I could get my own copy and modify them as I saw fit. I’d had plans to do so since Day One, but I’d failed to execute them, instead opting with perfectly serviceable but boring clear panes of glass.

Compounding my stained-glass envy, the Caledon Genealogical Society set up shop next door sometime in the past few months, and they had lovely stained glass windows. In fact, they had lovely stained glass windows on just one side of the building, the side facing my church. I looked out the church window, and there was lovely stained glass, next door. I reminded myself that envy was an abomination before Phil.

At any rate, Torley Day provided the impetus for me to go back to Photoshop and figure out how to do this stained glass thing, and I think the results turned out quite well. Alterating panels show the icon of the church—the humble prim—and the visage of Torley, in appropriate watermelon hues. And now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, I may even manage to whip up another set for year-round use.

Windows aside, the noon service went really well. Really, really well. We were recounting St. Torley’s life, times, and achievements, and having so much fun that we had to hurriedly wrap it up at the end because we’d run out of time before the party. Copies of the hymnal were provided in THiNC book form, and I’m happy to also provide a PDF version of the St. Torley’s Day hymnal, with two hymns specially written for the occasion.

The party was hosted by Alchemy Epstein and Nakira Tennen at Four Kittens of the Apocalypse, and I can’t thank them enough for the time, effort, and expense they poured into it. They created watermelon vines climbing their treehouse, a color-shifting Torley-textured platform, and several free party favors available in a scavenger hunt, including a bubble wand (with green and pink bubbles) and a watermelon hat. Also among the freebies was a T-shirt by Triana Caldera of G1rl Next Door, who unfortunately was unable to make it there herself. We were dancing to Torley’s own music, and a good time was definitely had by all.

At 2:00 PM, it was time for a show by Kala Pixie, particle genius. And much to our joy, St. Torley himself showed up for it, accompanied by his lovely wife Ravenelle. (And thank goodness they took pictures, or I wouldn’t have anything to show here.) It was fun, and laid-back, filled with reminisc— remininc— umm, nostalgic conversation about the past few years in Second Life, while surrounded by lots of really pretty particles. (Free plug: get some friends together and book Kala Pixie for a show. You’ll be forever spoiled for all other fireworks displays, but it will be worth the experience.) I’m so, so glad they were able to make it, and had a good time; Second Life would be a much poorer place without them, and it was great to be able to show our appreciation.

Finally, it was back to church for the second service, and while that wasn’t bad, I have to admit it wasn’t nearly up to the standard set by the first one, as evidenced by the fact that we finished ten minutes early. I think at our next major event either I’ll run just one service, or provide for a break along the way, because after four hours of preaching and DJing, I can’t say I was at my best. Live and learn.

Still, the event as a whole was a smashing success. I’d like to thank everybody who showed up and made it so enjoyable, and I hope to see y’all again in church really soon!