What Is Real?

Second Life may be an escape from our daily reality, but more often than not, for me they intersect and inform each other. It’s hard to separate the concerns I see in “first” life from those I hear and share in “second”.

Preparing for worship this week, I was again confronted with this “reality” as folks popped into Koinonia before worship to chat and exchange ideas and test out the space.

Much like first life, this conversation started simply enough with introductions and pleasantries, but soon turned into an exploration of belief and practices of the gathered community. UNLIKE first life, the questions and responses flowed quickly and with depth and introspection that as a pastor, I do not often see among first time participants.

One of the surprising blessings of second life is this random encounter with the holy through “unmasked” discussions. Think how often we “mind our words” in public settings when faith, religion or belief is brought up.  Sharing our inner ideas, theologies and understandings with total strangers, is something most of us are reluctant to do. So in a curious why, second life offers us a “mask” or more appropriately a screen to set our words before others, and test the waters of dialogue more readily.

At first some of the newer folks were hesitant to share their opinions- based on their assumptions of first life discourse- where “proving their worthiness” (knowledge and authority) are a given. Once they recognized that they too could share their insights without first having to show competency or capacity- they stepped boldly into a lively discussion on faith, making this random encounter a holy moment.

Holy moments occur when people recognize the work, spirit and action of God creating, moving and being in that time and space. It transcends the medium and practice- it simply is just another way for God to be experienced, expressed and evidenced to those who will see, hear and claim the possibility and potentiality of GOD to be present, vital and honored anywhere and everywhere.


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