In two days we head down to San Jose for Pantheacon. For the Coru, this is one of the biggest and most involved events that we participate in and has been pivotal in the founding of our Priesthood. Because of its imminence, this weeks post will be brief and focus on what we are going to be offering at the event and some thoughts around it.
First of all, the Coru just released our Hospitality and Safety Statement that applies not only to this convention, but to all events the Coru are part of. At Patheacon, we will be having a hospitality suite for people to be able to come and meet us and ask us any questions that they might have, and we will also be maintaining a Temple space for the Morrigan and related deities for the public to have access to. We feel that our Hospitality and Safety statement is necessary to ensure that both the hospitality suite and the Temple remain a safe and welcoming space for all. As regrettable as the necessity of a statement like this is, after reading the final draft, I am filled with an overwhelming feeling of pride for the members of my priesthood for creating a document such as this and for always taking a stand for justice.
“Everyone should feel and be safe. Creating a welcoming, safe, supportive, inclusive, consent-based space for all peoples is just one of the necessary ways hospitality must manifest in today’s society so that all people everywhere may thrive in safety. It’s our responsibility to leave this world better than we inherited it through mindful, thoughtful, and heart-filled care and stewardship. This is one more way we honor our ancestors while amending and healing the consequences of mistakes in the shared history of our collective pasts. These are the gifts we seek to leave to our descendants – so that they may thrive in love and safety.
The Coru Cathubodua Priesthood respects and welcomes all persons regardless of color, ethnicity, age, ability, religion, size, class, perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
We have an individual and shared responsibility to guard against behaviors that demean or otherwise harm individuals. Because these actions not only harm individuals, they impact and harm our community as a whole. We will not tolerate prejudice and discrimination’s legacy of hate. Unsafe behaviors and words, including but not limited to racism, sexism, ageism, classism, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, ethnicism, sizeism, ableism and other prejudicial and discriminatory behaviors will not be tolerated. We insist on consent before touching anyone’s person or property in order that our suite and Temple remain safe spaces for all attendees. Violations of this policy will be considered an infringement against our hospitality, and offenders may be asked to leave.
Coru Cathubodua Priesthood”
Our two biggest undertakings at the Con are going to be the Temple of the Morrigan, which will have open hours every day from Friday night to Sunday night for the public to visit, and our main ritual, The Morrigan Speaks: Arise to the Battle, is slated for Saturday night at 7 pm in the Oak ballroom.
Last year was the first year that we had the temple at the event and it turned out to be an amazing facet to the whole experience of Pantheacon. To have a dedicated sacred space in the midst of the chaos of the convention was like finding shelter during a raging storm. It provided a quiet, contemplative refuge in the energetic whirlwinds that make up the rest of the hotel that weekend. Others have written about their experiences last year and I’d like to provide links to their impressions of the temple. First from Morpheus on her blog “The Foundations of the Temple” and next from the Illustrious John Beckett “Temple of the Morrigan”
We will also be having a Coru Meet and Greet party in our hospitality suite on Sunday night at 7 pm with a premiere of the Poems of the Morrigan recording project in the Temple room at 9 pm. The recording project came about during the funding campaign for Morpheus’s upcoming book on the Morrigan, The Book of the Great Queen. It consists of the Morrigan’s poetry, in the original Irish and in English, as well as a few chants and a song. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing these recordings and they are moving and powerful.
Other events that are being put on by Coru members are Poetess and Prophetess: The Morrigan and Poetry, put on by Morpheus and Rynn Fox, and a Woman’s Self Defense class, taught by Scott Rowe and Amelia Hogan Sunday at 9 am in Pine room. As well as the third year of the Blood Drive that we helped to create.
So it’s gearing up to be a great year at Pantheacon, I hope to get the chance to meet some of you there.