Tuesday, April 7, 2020

CDS Announcement: The Neufreistadt Kirche Available For Meetings

- Remembering those impacted by COVID-19, CDS honors worldwide health care providers
- available for celebrations of life, silent contemplation, group religious, spiritual, or non-religious gatherings
- no fees or obligations

We all know heartbreaking stories of people who have lost beloved family members and friends to this horrid, highly contagious COVID-19 global pandemic. As devastating as it is to lose a loved one, that pain is further deepened because next of kin are forbidden customary ways of grieving and mourning, forbidden to gather with supportive family and friends to celebrate a life and soothe the transitions. While those prohibitions apply to our solid lives, they don't to our Second Lives. Here we can hug and console each other. And while we can't prevent these tragedies from happening, we can provide people with a welcoming gathering space.

The people of the Second Life community of the Confederation of Democratic Simulators, known as the CDS, have a beautiful kirche on the Platz in Neufriestadt. We offer this kirche as a place where people can hold their mourning and celebration gatherings. The architecture of Neufreistadt is inspired by the physical world town of Rothenburg, Bavaria and that includes the beautiful Romanesque kirche. 

Here's a little bit about this kirche. From the beginning our kirche has been a nonsectarian public space. Consistent with the town architecture, we normally have a triptych that is a replica of the 16th C one by Tilman Riemenschneider in St. James's Church, Rothenburg ob der Tauber set up in front but that is easy to remove and replace with other religious or non religious pieces to accommodate the preferences of any gathering. We hope this offer will give some piece and relief to people in need.

With our most sincere gratitude, the CDS community has placed blue lights around the kirche bell tower dome to honor the healthcare providers around the world during this COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.

Anyone who wants to use the kirche should contact our Chancellor, Emilia Dagostino (emilia.avindar) inworld or via email emilia.avindar@yahoo.com for assistance.


Delia Lake

FMI about the CDS: https://cdsdemocracy.org/

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