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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!

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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!

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Meet our Clerical Keynotes for 2021: Frs. Augustine and Marcin!

Fr. Marcin Szymanski and Fr. Augustine Hilander
Fr. Marcin (left) and Fr. Augustine (right)

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.

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Theme and Keynotes for 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!

Mark your calendars for January 30, 2021! And consult the oracles regularly at https://www.facebook.com/DoxaconSeattle/ or right here!