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
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!
Fr. Marcin Szymanski, OP (pronounced “mar-tzin”, not “martian”) and Fr. Augustine Hilander, OP are both Catholic priests and Dominican friars.
The idea of prophecy is one of the most common tropes in pop culture, but not many know its origins in the Christian tradition of the West. Frs. Augustine and Marcin are excited to bring some light to the history of prophesy in the Bible and Christian history, as well as comparing it to popular portrayals in modern fantasy, especially in Tolkien’s Arda.
Fr. Marcin was born in Poland and entered the Domincan order in 2004. He is an avid player of strategy games both on tabletop and computer platforms, and is most interested in Tolkien’s Arda universe and the Warhammer 40K universe. He currently serves as Associate Director at Prince of Peace Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington (uwnewman.org).
Fr. Augustine Hilander, OP was born in Southern California amid the sun and surf. He grew up without any set religion, but attended Thomas Aquinas College, met St. Augustine, and became a Catholic. He entered the Dominican order in 2000 and has ministered in Oregon, Alaska, California, and Utah. He is currently the religious superior for the Dominicans at Blessed Sacrament Priory in Seattle and works with the Dominican Laity in the Province.
Bev Cooke’s name is a byword for failure in prognostication. Those who bet against her predictions usually wind up better off than they’d been before. When not scrying the future, she splits her time between writing novels, Akathists, and devotions; walking; worshipping with her husband at All Saints of Alaska OCA Parish; and being a slave to her cat, Sam—partially fulfilling the prophecy of a priestess of Bast: “Dogs have masters. Cats have slaves.” Her latest literary contributions are in an anthology from Park End Books, Darkness is as Light, available at bookstores and on line.
We are excited to have her join us as our Lay Keynote for Doxacon 2021!
Call for Presentations!
Do you have an exciting idea you’d like to share at Doxacon Seattle 2021? Check out our submission guidelines to find out how you can submit a presentation proposal.
We’ll be hosting our convention on Zoom, but we’ll still need volunteers to keep things running smoothly. If you’re interested in helping out, drop us a line at info.DoxaconSeattle@gmail.com and we’ll fill you in on the details! Thank you!
We can’t let a pandemic hold us back! We’re hosting Doxacon Seattle 2021: Prophecy and Prediction online through Zoom this year. Tickets will be at a reduced price (because tech is cheaper than a room and food), and we’ll send you details soon. And we’re looking for presenters. See below for our Call for Submissions!
Stay tuned for registration information!
This Year’s Artwork!
Voila! Introducing our new artwork for Doxacon Seattle 2021, by the wonderful Reece Friesen! Reece has provided us with original artwork for the past several years, and is the author and artist for Pax Avalon, a Christian-ethics-themed graphic novel series. Check out his work at paxavalon.com.
Call for Presentations!
We want to hear from you!
Are you interested in presenting at Doxacon Seattle 2021? Do you have an exciting idea you’d like to share? Check out our submission guidelines to find out how you can submit a presentation proposal to be a speaker at Doxacon Seattle 2021.
Not sure what the future has in store? Us too. But we do know one thing:
Doxacon 2021 is still on!
And because our theme this year is “Prophesy and Predictions”, we know it’s going to be amazing!
Sadly, we cannot predict whether our convention will be in person or online. But we’re working on both options, and we hope to let you know in about a month.
Meanwhile, we have some great keynote speakers lined up: a clerical tag team keynote of Fr. Augustine Hilander, OP and Fr. Marcin Szymanski, OP; and lay keynote Bev Cooke!
We’re also getting ready to call for presenters. So if you have something to say about “Prophesy and Predictions”, or just about the intersection of faith and fantasy, you can check out our submission guidelines!
Doxacon Seattle 2021 is scheduled for January 30, 2021. Due to the current public health crisis, we will determine by late September whether the event will happen in-person at the Brightwater Center in Woodinville or will be a virtual event online. More information will be coming soon!
Come out early to the Brightwater Center in Woodinville (22505 State Route 9 SE) and join in singing Glory to God for All Things! Bring hiking shoes if you’d like to explore the nature trails and stretch a bit during breaks.
7:30am Akathist of Thanksgiving 8:05am Continental breakfast 8:30am Clergy keynote – Dcn. James Hargrave 9:45am Breakout sessions: * Andy Propescu – No One Is Ever Truly Gone * Pres. Elizabeth Turvo – The Plain Princess 10:55am General session: Tim Brown – The Blood Is the Life 12:00pm Lunch 1:30pm Breakout sessions: * Roy Friend – The Fathers of Christian Fiction * Open Discussion – Bloodlines: Family, Community, and Belonging 2:40pm Lay keynote – Erica Rae Heins 3:50pm Breakout sessions: * RM Dooley – Scared and Sacred * Doxacon Writers Group – Readings and Discussion 4:50pm Closing remarks 6:00pm No-host gathering at Zulu’s Board Game Cafe in Bothell
Clergy Keynote by Deacon James Hargrave As a child of two worlds, Deacon James Hargrave’s life has been defined by cross-cultural encounter, translation, and the power of the Gospel to honor indigenous culture while bringing disparate peoples into eternal Communion. He was born in the US, grew up in Kenya, and served as a long-term OCMC missionary in Tanzania. A graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Deacon James teaches Swahili, studies Arabic, writes about Orthodox history in East Africa, reads Russian Silver Age poetry, and watches Star Trek. Deacon James lives in the Fraser Valley with his wife Daphne and their son. He serves St Joseph Damascene Antiochian Orthodox Church in Delta, British Columbia.
Lay Keynote by Erika Heins Erika Heins taught middle and high school literature at art at North Whidbey Christian High School for ten years before transitioning to full-time work as a professional artist. She specializes in fantasy and literary art and has a particular fondness for the works of JRR Tolkien. She has been selling her art at Doxacon for a number of years now and is delighted to be involved further this year.
Doxacon Seattle is barely a month away! February 15, 2020! We’re thrilled about the theme of Bloodlines: Community, Family, and Belonging. Now, we’re putting the finishing touches on a fantastic slate of speakers, and prepping some exciting family-friendly activities. You can prepare, too, by catching up on your favorite fandoms, getting your tickets for the con, and inviting your friends to join the fun!
Can’t wait to welcome you to the Doxacon family, a community where you know you’ll belong!