ST TORLEY’S DAY 2011

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

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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 samantha.poindexter@gmail.com. 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

Those Locations, One More Time:

Party: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Penning/73/109/78
Services: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rhianna/79/37/25

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