What is it? PantheaCon is a gathering of Pagans, Heathens and Polytheists and anyone else would like to join us. We gather at the Double Tree Hotel in San Jose, California over Presidents' Day weekend. Around 2,500 people come together from all over the world, to attend and give workshops, presentations, rituals, hospitality rooms where you can learn about the myriad of Pagan, Heathen and Polytheist spiritual traditions, and general opportunity to meet new people and let your hair down and be. Of course there are plenty of opportunities to take something special home from the Vendors' room.
Details about cost, schedule, who's presenting, etc can be found at pantheacon.com.
Covenant of the Goddess will be there! We run a Hospitality Suite along with our sister organizations. Look out for Tree of Trads suite. Come see us and learn more about the Covenant.
This year's theme Unity, Respect for our Diversity, and Connecting Webs to Heal the Earth What are we doing to heal our mother, our selves? What are we Willing to do for the Earth and for our Community?
This year we especially want to emphasize that PantheaCon is a Safe Space for all. We tolerate no harassment of anyone by others. This is called Pax Templi where differences of opinion are set aside for the duration of the Sacred Space.
Compassion and condolences to our Jewish sisters, brothers, friends and relations. We join you in grieving for the loss of those killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We stand by you. We support you.
It is deeply saddening that in this century that we continue to need to be vigilant and determined to stand up for those who are marginalized and made scapegoat. It is horrific that such hatred is still made manifest in the world, a hatred stemmed from fear.
We light our candles and send out love and peace to our Jewish friends especially those who have lost a loved one.
What is remembered lives,
What is remembered lives,
What is remembered lives.
Video about the Interfaith Contingent of Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice
This day is Nature's second harvest. Light and dark of are of equal length. Find balance.
Ceres and Pan
A Mabon altar
These are photos of the march itself.
30,000 people marched down Market Street in San Francisco.
We were there! Covenant of the Goddess as well as Fellowship of the Spiral Path, Reclaiming, Order of the Bards, Ovates and Druids, Hrafnar, etc. marched with the Interfaith Contingent.
We were there at the post-march Resource Fair in Civic Center Plaza.
Members of Felllowship of the Spiral Path, Hrafnar and Covenant of the Goddess - Shirin, Mary, Meghan, Anna and Kitty - staffed a booth at Civic Park at the end of the March. There were banners, maps of Diana Paxson’s ‘Goddess of the Waters’, numerous pamphlets and general information. Thanks go to all those who helped – including Dave.
Interfaith Service held before the March
Indigenous Peoples started and ended the service. Interfaith Power and Light as well as the faith traditions, Christian, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Pagan were there. Everyone spoke, prayed, chanted and sang about the sacredness of Nature.
If you had ever thought, 'I should join something environmental' then THIS is the one.
Embarcadero SF to Civic Center.
There will be a huge Interfaith contingent and it would be super great to see a specific Pagan Contingent.
Interfaith service at 9:15 before the march.
For more information go to https://ca.riseforclimate.org/faith/
and sign up you or your group.
Hope to see you there!
Little town Walnut Creek, California, where blonde is the color, Tiffanies is the store, Mercedes is the car and the average house price is $700,000, was the site of protests from Westboro Baptist Church. Four churches and an elementary school were protested by WBC and also counter protested.
Before WBC’s arrival, those joining the counter protest gathered, at Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, to do training in non-engaging protest. The tone was serious and the list of what to do and what not to do, was long and comprehensive. Each Church had encouraged members not to respond to the protesters directly, but to have a gentle, peaceful or silent response if at all. Another way support was encouraged was by joining the four congregations in this peaceful witness inside for their services.
Sunday March 25th 2018, and although a large crowd was discouraged so as not to feed into WBC craving for attention, about 150 people joined the counter protest outside MDUUC. I was one of them. We stood holding only signs that said ‘Just Love’, sang ‘This little light of mine’ (without the Jesus bit) umpteen times which effectively drowned out the very loud and trashy 80’s music played from the WBC car.
MDUUC is a very inclusive Church and they were targeted by WBC because they are inclusive of all irrespective of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or even non religion, and the list of groups included is long. UUs are known for their activism and they will be holding a special ceremony for Transgender Visibility Day March 31st.
Why do I think this important to Pagans? I stood in this counter protest not just for MDUUC but as a Pagan - for all who are stand for peace, love and compassion. It was my duty to be there as the first Pagan to become an Elected Member of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County (ICCCC), California. In order to become an Elected Member to join the Council applicants must represent a congregation. I can do this through membership Covenant of the Goddess (CoG) and is the result of a lot of hard work by Don Frew, Macha Nightmare and others (forgive me if I have not mentioned you here). CoG is good at Interfaith.
Showing support, standing in Solidarity with other congregations helps with changing the perception of what it is to be a Pagan. Whilst I am keenly aware that not everyone wants to be out of the proverbial ‘broom closet’, and I am not advocating for everyone to step out, we are a growing religion/spiritual tradition/substitute your version of what it is here. People, at least loads in Interfaith are hugely supportive of Pagans.
Here is an example of that support. Last year the Pagan Festival in Berkeley was cancelled due to a number of reasons that included not being able to ensure the safety of participants. I briefly mentioned this in an email to a sub group of ICCCC - Interfaith Climate Action Network, I also work with. The outpouring of support, uncalculated and spontaneous. by members who include a Muslim, Presbyterians, UUs, as well as Atheists and others, was heart warming.
Maybe the real reason WBC came to town was because it is a very wealthy one and allegedly WBC can profit from demonstrations. The WBC is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks such groups nationally. WBC “proselytize” all those groups who don’t believe as they do, including other Baptists they don’t agree with. They have also been known to attempt to entrap municipalities or counter protesters for “not protecting their first amendment rights of free speech” in order to bring law suits against them.