Thank you!

We hope all you who attended Doxacon Seattle 2022 yesterday had as fantastic a time as we did! Some excellent presentations, engaging fellowship, lively discussions, and a delightful piece of collaborative fiction! Thank you for showing up and making the convention a true community!

We’ll make the recordings and other aspects of the convention available as we’re able to get them ready. But in the meantime, we can make a few announcements:

Doxacon Seattle 2023 will be held on
Saturday, February 11, 2023!

Our theme will be Pilgrims, Travelers, and Wanderers: What is Home?

And we are reserving the Brightwater Center again, in hopes that we will be able to meet in person.

In addition to planning for our 2023 convention, we have a few events coming up that we hope you’ll enjoy. We call them “DoxaDays“: smaller, shorter, in-person events where we can stay connected between Doxacons. We have three on the schedule, so mark your calendar for:

  • Saturday, March 5: Tabletop Games with Rose Achey
  • Saturday, May 14: TBA
  • Saturday, October 8: TBA

We’ll announce exact times, locations, and how to sign up as we draw closer to the events.

Once again, thank you for making Doxacon Seattle what it is! We can’t wait till we see you again – the sooner the better!

Speakers and Schedule for Doxacon Seattle 2022

Yes, the move to online-only has meant a scramble to reorganize some things, but we’ve got our schedule ready. Moreover, Zoom has a great new events platform which will make this year’s convention run even more smoothly than last year’s! We’re really looking forward to seeing you this Saturday!

Meanwhile, here’s what you can expect on the day (all times are Pacific Standard Time):

  • 8:00am – Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours
  • 8:30am – Robert King and Megan Lorance: Duty and Morality in Epic Stories
  • 9:30am – UPDATE*: Geek Out Panel: Join your fellow Doxaconners in a lightly moderated discussion of recent fan favorites in the light of the faith, including MCU (Loki, Eternals, Spider-Man), Star Trek and Star Wars, and other releases of the past year or so (The Expanse, Wheel of Time, Foundation, Raised by Wolves, etc.)
  • 10:30am – Rose Achey: Bacta—The Future: A Nurse on the Ethics of Larger-Than-Life Medical Technology
  • 11:30am – Lunch break with open discussion in the Event Lobby
  • 12:30pm – Fr. Jacob Maurer: Keynote Address
  • 1:30pm – Tim Brown: Prime Directives, Traditions, and Messy Realities: Exploring the Cardinal Virtues in Rules and Rebellions
  • 2:30pm – Rev. Paul Schneider: The Bones Have Spoken! Love, Duty, and Faith: A Peck Teaches Us About Following Christ
  • 3:30pm – Doxacon Planning Team: What We’re Up To (w/Dramatic Reading of the Collaborative Fiction Project!)
  • 5:00pm – Closing

Don’t forget to get your membership ticket! This will give you full access to all our online content, including our Collaborative Story Project! See you on February 12!

* Unfortunately, Presv. Elizabeth Scott Tervo is not be able to present her talk on Edith Nesbit due to a cold (not Covid). She is hopping Time Portals seeking that time in the future when they will develop a cure for the common cold, but plans to return and present her talk at a Doxaday later this year. In the meantime, your prayers are always appreciated!

A change: Online only for 2022

Despite our hopes and efforts, we have had to move Doxacon Seattle 2022 from a hybrid gathering to an exclusively online gathering. Our Planning Committee has been watching the Omicron numbers, listening to our members, speakers, and vendors, and watching what other similar conventions have done, and we are confident that this is the right decision for everyone, even though it is a difficult and frustrating one.

Several concerns factored into this decision, including concerns about the spiking trend of the Omicron strain of Covid-19, the burden on our healthcare system (many PCR tests are not coming back in the 72 hour window required by the county), and lower-than-usual ticket sales which we believe to be the result of the public health situation. Fortunately, our Planning Committee has been preparing a contingency plan for exactly this situation.

Last year, we hosted Doxacon Seattle 2021 as an online-only event, and we all were delighted at how much we enjoyed ourselves! While it can’t replace the in-person aspect of the event, we’re looking forward to some fantastic presentations this year, and some wonderful conversations and connections as well! We expect it will be even better than last year!

We will still meet online on February 12, and so far there have been minimal changes to our line-up of presenters. Tickets for the online event are still on sale at Brown Paper Tickets! And if you have already purchased an in-person membership, please contact us at info.doxaconseattle@gmail.com for refund options.

Moreover, we are planning to return to an in-person convention next year, or as soon as the public health situation improves. We deeply love our community, and are eager to spend time together. And it is because we love our community that we are doing whatever we can to prevent spreading illness to any of our members.

We welcome any questions you may have regarding Doxacon Seattle this year or in the future. Thank you for your faithfulness and engagement!

Safety at Doxacon Seattle 2022

Covid is on everyone’s mind these days, and we’re committed to making our in-person event both safe and enjoyable for all.

We are following all of the requirements and recommendations of Washington State, King County, and our host the Brightwater Center. As of this posting, that means:

Vaccination Requirements: Effective October 25th, those ages 12 and older will need to show proof of Covid vaccination or a negative test to enter Brightwater Center.

What can be used as proof of vaccination?

  • CDC vaccination card  or photo of vaccine card.
  • Documented proof of vaccination from medical record or vaccine provider.
  • Printed certificate or QR code from MyIRMobile.com .
  • You do not need to show identification with proof of vaccination.

Options for people who are unvaccinated or unable to prove vaccine status

People who are unvaccinated or cannot prove vaccination status will be required to show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test from a testing provider in the last 72 hours.

Mask Requirements: Washington state requires that everyone ages 5+ wear masks in public indoor spaces and at outdoor events with 500 or more people, regardless of vaccination status. For more information, please see our Current COVID-19 guidance page.

If anything changes, we’ll post updates here on our webpage, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Just a few weeks!

We’re just about three weeks out from Doxacon Seattle 2022! The planning committee is pulling together all the last minute details to make this a fantastic experience for all. For example:

  • Getting vendors set up, so you can get awesome media, gear, and artwork!
  • Finalizing the menu selections for our continental breakfast, box lunch, and pre-packaged snacks!
  • Testing tech for streaming and recording!
  • Praying for everyone who will join us at the event, whether in-person or online!
Knight and Monk on the way to Doxacon Seattle 2022

These guys know the way!

Don’t forget to get your membership ticket! While yes, we’ll allow walk-in memberships, there will be limited lunch options for walk-ins.

There are still openings for volunteers as well! Get free admission as well as the opportunity to serve your fellow geeks!

In the meantime, order your 2022 Doxacon swag so you can wear it to the event!

See you soon!

Our Presenters for 2022!

It’s finally official! We have our presenter’s slate for Doxacon Seattle 2022. We hope you’ll be as excited and thrilled as we are with the talks and workshops we’re offering this year!

Of course, we’re delighted to have Fr. Jacob Maurer of the Seattle Catholic Archdiocese offering our Keynote this year.

But now we’ve also put together a full slate of other speakers and workshops, many of which are connected to this year’s theme, “Is This the Way? Duty and Morality”: Continue reading

Happy New Year!

This is the way to Doxacon. We have spoken.

If you’re reading this, it means you survived 2021. Congratulations!

It also means you’re just a month and a half from Doxacon Seattle! We can’t wait to get together with you for a day of sharing our faith and our fandoms! Get your ticket(s) soon to take advantage of our various options:

Of course, we’re watching the COVID safety recommendations and requirements of Washington State, King County, and the Brightwater Center itself to make sure we’re doing everything needed to protect members, vendors, and volunteers. As of now we are still planning on holding a in-person event as well as live-streaming the event for those who cannot join us in person. If we have to cancel the in-person portion of the event, we are committed to refunding in-person tickets; but we will continue to hold the event online.

However we gather, we’re looking forward to insightful presentations, creative workshops, unique vendors, and above all the fantastic community we share at Doxacon Seattle! See you soon!

The eucatastrophe of history, or, Merry Christmas!

We geeks are lovers of myth, speculative fiction, wonderous tales, and fantasies of idea and imagination. We love to ask, “What if?” and to surround ourselves with works of transcendent beauty or compelling mystery. We long to immerse ourselves in worlds more glorious and dramatic than the one we experience everyday. We yearn for connection, communion with the characters in those stories that lift us beyond ourselves.

The sky and the deep

Image “Genesis The Creation” by Maurits Verbiest (https://flic.kr/p/TUXt5x)

Whether we write these stories ourselves or enjoy those that others have written, we are engaging in one of the most human of activities. In English, we have two words for it, one derived from Greek and the other from Latin. These words are “poetry” and “fiction”, and both share the same root meaning: to make something. As many have noted throughout history, including the great writers Dorothy Sayers and J.R.R. Tolkien, to be human is to be a maker, to be a storyteller. Continue reading

Help us get the word out!

While we have a fantastic line-up of speakers, workshops, and vendors lined up for 2022, what really makes Doxacon Seattle special is the unique mix of people who attend: Christians from all backgrounds and traditions, from Eastern Orthodox to Evangelical; old-school geeks and trending pop culture fans; readers, gamers, cosplayers, collectors; and people who transcend genres and defy definition!

In other words: YOU make Doxacon Seattle what it is.

Doxacon Seattle is a place where we can find our people, rest easy in our shared weirdness, and find appreciation for our unique worldviews. But the Pacific Northwest has lots of faithful geeks who still haven’t heard of us!

If you’d like to help others discover Doxacon Seattle, please spread the word at your favorite coffee shops or game stores, and at your churches. We’ve put together an easy, printable flyer that you can download and share with anyone you think would be interested.  Or you can just hang it on your wall, to appreciate the awesome artwork by our friend, Reece Friesen!

Thanks! See you in February!

Tickets on sale!

Tickets for Doxacon Seattle 2022 are now on sale!

We have a couple special offers, as well:

  • 10% discount for early bird tickets — only until January 15!
  • A group discount: four in-person tickets for the price of three!

 

Click on the Brown Paper Tickets button on the sidebar, or follow this link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5327169

We’re looking forward to seeing you on February 12!