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.
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!