Behind-the-scenes news, and convention news!

It’s been a busy summer for Doxacon Seattle, and we finally are able to bring you some updates!

Board elections and Planning Committee

Some of you may know that Doxacon Seattle is sponsored by the Christian Gaming and Unconventional Fiction Outreach, or CG-UFO, a non-profit organization focused on the intersection of faith and popular culture in the Pacific Northwest.  At our summer board meeting, we elected some new officers to the CG-UFO Board, so while some of the names are familiar, you might see a couple new names:

  • President: Tanya Keenan
  • Vice-President: Tim Brown
  • Treasurer: Valerie Spasojevic
  • Secretary: Robert King
  • Morale: Megan Lorance
  • At-large: Rose Achey
  • At-large: Erika Heins

Thanks to all of you for making sure Doxacon Seattle keeps going and growing!

In addition, we confirmed a couple people to the Planning Committe for Doxacon Seattle, particularly Presvytera Elizabeth Tervo as Writing Group Liason and The Reader Gregory as Facilities Liason.

If you’re interested in helping plan Doxacon Seattle, or in attending our board meetings, please contact us!

Expecting the unexpected

As for the actual 2022 convention, we’re watching the news and the requirements Washington State has for gatherings, and at this point we hope to have an in-person event in January or February of 2022. Our mission is to build up a community of Christian geeks, so the safety of that community remains a top priority. Our ideal is to gather in-person safely. For that reason, we’re not setting the exact date of Doxacon Seattle 2022 until we have a confirmation from our venue that we’re meeting all the safety requirements.

Meanwhile, we have a theme: “Is This the Way? Duty and Morality”. In the next few weeks we hope to put out a call for presentations, so if you have something to say about the ideas of duty and morality in fiction, games, faith, and/or everyday life, start working on your proposal! Moreover, we’re going to need some volunteers, so if you have gifts to share – especially in the area of livestreaming or hybrid event planning – please let us know! 2021 went pretty well, all things considered, but we’d like to make 2022 an even more engaging and dynamic event!

Speaking of 2021, all our sessions are now live on YouTube, including the collaborative story. Check them out!

These are stressful times still, but also exciting times! We’re looking forward to connecting with you all soon!

More content from Doxacon Seattle 2021

Our volunteer webelves are slowly but surely getting the video recordings from Doxacon Seattle 2021 available for viewing over on our YouTube Channel. The latest addition is Tim Brown’s thought-provoking “Killing Baby Hitler.” Check thou it out:

Also, we’re always looking for ways to stay connected throughout the year. Please sign up for our newsletter (in the right sidebar or on the Contact page), or join us on Facebook (we have a Page for news and updates, and a Community Group for hanging out and getting to know each other), or follow us on Twitter!

In addition, we have a writing group where we share our works-in-progress and offer constructive feedback. If you’re interested, join us over on our Discord server. Our next meeting will be on Saturday, May 22. More details on Discord. Hope to see you there!

New look

Appropriately for the season, the admin side of the website died over the weekend; but with the help of tech support it’s live again as of this morning!

Young Frankenstein:

Oh… maybe not this sort of return from the dead…

Part of the problem seems to have been our old “Theme”; so we’ve updated the Theme. Since we had to do this at the last minute, there may still be some minor glitches in the transition. Further, since we didn’t have time to consult widely, we’re open to input as to how to update the website further.

For both those reasons, please let us know (in the comments!) what you would like to see in our website! What features would you like to see? Are there any problems across platforms? Are we missing any information or functionality?

Thanks for your feedback! And happy Pascha and Easter!

Christ is Risen!

Indeed, He is risen! Happy Pascha to all who celebrate today!

(For you on the Gregorian calendar, well, it’s still Easter season, so happy Easter to you too!)

We’ve posted another video on our YouTube channel. Check it out:

 

Swag?

Hey Friend. Yes, you. Do you like stuff and things? Doxacon Seattle has a Redbubble store where you can buy STUFF! AND THINGS!

Check out the store for more stuff with the design from Doxacon Seattle 2021.

(If anyone is interested, next year we can even make a shower curtain!)

Our new YouTube channel!

Did you miss Doxacon Seattle 2021? Was there a talk you wanted to revisit? We’ve just launched a YouTube channel where we’ll be posting talks from the con, and maybe additional features as the summer progresses! You can subscribe here (and also click the bell icon to receive notifications when we drop a new video), or just start watching with the Akathist below!

Looking forward to 2022!

We hope you had a great time at Doxacon Seattle 2021!
We did too! Now we’re planning next year’s Doxacon, so here’s a quick update:
  • We’ve selected a theme for 2022: “Is This the Way? Duty and Morality”
  • We really enjoyed the online format, and so we’re committed to having at least an online convention next year as well
  • We also missed seeing people face to face, so we’re looking at possibilities for an in-person convention; if we’re able to do this, we would livestream it so that people could attend either online or in-person
  • We’d like make next year even better, so please give us some feedback with this quick six-question survey!

Thanks for a great Doxacon!

We had a great time today, and it sounds like you did too! Thanks!

Thank you, Lord VaderThank you for your patience with our technical glitches!

I'm trying to thank you, you pointy-eared hobgoblinThank you for your questions for our presenters!

Thank youThank you for your great conversations on Discord!

He means thank you. Do I? Just say it.Thank you for your faithfulness and your fandom! You made today a joy and a delight! We hope to see you at our next Doxacon Seattle event!

Doxacon Seattle 2021 Schedule!

It’s almost here! We have finalized our schedule (see below; all times are PST) and are looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

  • 8:00am – Akathist (morning prayer) with Fr. Steven Clark
  • 8:45am – Clergy Keynote: Fr Augustine Hilander, OP & Fr Marcin Szymanski, OP
  • 10:00am – Hopepunk Theology: Revs Paul Schneider & Mindi Welton-Michell
  • 11:00am – Killing Baby Hitler: Tim Brown
  • 12:00n – Lunch break with open discussion rooms
  • 1:00pm – Writing Inspirations: Pres Elizabeth Scott Tervo
  • 2:00pm – Panel on prophecy in pop culture: Reece Friesen and Jon Pue [Danny Ferguson, Mike Bjorndal, and Chris Hawthorne became unavailable at the last minute]
  • 3:00pm – Dramatic reading of our Collaborative Story Project
  • 3:30pm – Lay Keynote: Bev Cooke
  • 4:30pm – Gaming session(s) and open discussion rooms
  • 7:00pm – End any sessions still running.

It’s not too late to get tickets! Invite a friend and join the fun!

If you already have tickets, watch for an email with links and passwords to give you full access to the sessions, vendors, and more!

Doxacon Seattle 2021: Speakers and Sessions!

It’s been a bit since our last post here — the holidays have been a little more tumultuous than expected this year. But we have a great slate of speakers and sessions lined up for Doxacon Seattle, and we’re excited to introduce them to you!

You already know our keynote speakers: Clerical Keynotes Fr. Marcin Szymanski, OP and Fr. Augustine Hilander, OP, and Lay Keynote Bev Cooke.

In addition, the day will include:

  • Fr. Steven Clark leading the Akathist (an Orthodox morning prayer of praise)
  • Rev. Paul Schneider & Rev. Mindi Welton-Michell on “Hopepunk Theology”
  • Tim Brown on “Killing Baby Hitler”
  • A panel led by Reece Friesen on the trope of prophesy in fantasy and pop culture
  • Pres. Elizabeth Tervo and the Doxacon Writer’s Group offering writing inspirations
  • A Collaborative Story Project
  • Gaming session(s)
  • Social chats and open topical discussions!

We’re still hammering out the details on the schedule, but we’ll get exact times to you as soon as we’re able.

In the meantime, let your friends, family, and fellow geeks know what we’ve got planned! Get your tickets, and get ready for a day of fantasy, faith, and fun on January 30!