Pantheon Foundation Announces Pagan Activism Conference Online 2014

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The Pantheon Foundation invites you to the upcoming
Pagan Activism Conference Online (PACO)
Nov. 22-23, 2014 

This innovative Conference, in service to the national Pagan community, will take place entirely online, allowing for participants from every region of the US to attend. PACO will provide valuable, insightful information from experienced and innovative Pagan activists and community voices. Our interactive presentations and discussion panels, regarding infrastructures that serve Pagan organizational and individual activism, feature some of the most experienced and accomplished leaders in their respective areas. Check back frequently, as guests are still joining.

The goal of the Conference is to equip Pagan activists from all over the country with the tools necessary to advance the goals and aims of their own activist efforts, and to build bridges between Pagan activists for mutual support. Care to join us? You can come for the whole conference, or else attend single panels, as desired.

See the calendar listing to purchase your tickets

All times are Pacific.

Saturday, Nov. 22
10-11:30:
Online Media Activism Panel
Speaking: Heather Greene (The Wild Hunt), David Salisbury (Human Right Campaign), and John Medellin (Pantheon Foundation)

12-1:30 pm:
Pagans & Infrastructure: Serving Your Cause Effectively
Speaking: Alley Valkyrie (Homeless advocate in WA), Ankhira Swordplow (Bay Area Fundraising Professional), Carolina Amor Boggs (Bi-Lingual Priestess), and Sam Webster (Nonprofit Executive Director)

2-3:30 pm
Care and Feeding of Pagan Activists
Speaking: John Beckett (Druid & Blogger), Rion Roberts (Ritualist), and Rhiannon Stitch Lasko (Advocate for Pagans with Diverse Abilities)

3-5:30 PM
Pagan LGBTQI and Gender Activism
Speaking: Elena Rose (Activist for Gender & Racial Empowerment), Lou Flores (Gay Pagan Conjure Worker), and P Sufenas Virius Lupus (Metagender Scholar & Activist)

Sunday, Nov. 23
10 am:
Keynote Address by T. Thorn Coyle, Activist & Author

12-1:30 pm:
Activism Among Pagans of Color
Speaking: Crystal Blanton (Author & Priestess), Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir (Activist & Priestess) and Khi Armand (Conjure Professional)

2-3:30 pm:
Know Your Pagan Religious Rights
Special guests to be announced soon

4-5:30 pm:
Consenting Adults: Sexual Ethics in the Pagan Community
Speaking: Christine Hoff Kraemer (Editor), Shauna Aura Knight, (Sex Positivity Activist & Author) and Rabbit Matthews (Anti-Rape & Feminist Activist)

For more information, please email pantheonfoundation@gmail.com or reserve your spot here.

The Wild Hunt’s 2014 Fall Funding Drive

WH2014_BIGToday is the beginning of The Wild Hunt’s 2014 Fall Funding Drive, a fiscally sponsored organization of the Pantheon Foundation.

We’re asking for a base budget of $12,500 dollars to run for another year, and we’re hoping that you will help us not only meet this goal, but surpass it and allow The Wild Hunt to do even more. The more we raise, the more we can do. Want to see more regular columnists? Want to see more staff writers? Then founder Jason Pitzl-Waters would love to see us push well past that base goal in the coming month. There are many thousands of readers out there, and it would only take a fraction donating to not only fund us, but help us greatly expanding the coming year!

Here is the direct link to the Indigogo Campaign.

See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2014/09/the-wild-hunts-2014-fall-funding-drive-begins.html

Introducing the Bay Area (and beyond) Pagan Calendar of Events

387px-John_William_Waterhouse_-_The_Crystal_BallAt the recent All Pagans Organizing meeting held August 16 in the East Bay (other locations coming soon!) the Pantheon Foundation volunteered to take on the responsibility for establishing and maintaining a calendar of events for Bay Area Pagans, and anyone else who wishes to have their Pagan (broadly construed) events listed.

The primary maintainer of the Calendar is Molly Blue Dawn, who will be converting her regular event list email into this new tool and moderating the submissions so we are not flooded with spam.

It can be accessed here:
http://pantheonfoundation.org/events/

Or by clicking on the “Calendar” link in the left-hand navigation.

Events can be added to it here:

http://pantheonfoundation.org/events/community/add

Or by clicking on the “Submit an Event” link in the left-hand navigation.

When possible please include an image, and also designate a short description along with a full detail text. This will appear on the initial listing and, when clicked on, take the visitor to the full detail.

We are also experimenting with various directory tools to coordinate Bay Area Pagan resources. We will have one functioning by the end of September. Meanwhile, enjoy your new calendar!

The Pantheon Foundation is delighted to be able to serve our community in this way. If you any questions or suggestions, please write me at: SamWebster11@gmail.com

Sincere regards,
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sam webster, executive director
pantheon foundation

Deadline Today for the Diotima Prize!

Simmler-DeotymaTo all Second Year (and later) Master of Divinity Students:

The Pantheon Foundation, dedicated to building 21st century infrastructure for Pagans, calls for you to apply to receive the Diotima Prize. By the power of the Pagan community’s generosity a $1,000 has been crowd-funded to support your studies this year. Send us a 1,000 word essay on the nature of Paganism and Pagan ministry, and the author of the best, selected by our committee, will be awarded this year’s prize.

Details available here: http://pantheonfoundation.org/projects/diotima/

All materials must be received by Sept. 1.
Awards will be announced to the recipient by Oct. 31.
Applications are to be sent to: scholarship@pantheonfoundation.org

The Selection Committee is chaired by Pantheon Foundation’s Executive Director Sam Webster, and includes Rev. Dr. Bonnie Dlott, Christina Gargiullo, Christine Hoff Kraemer PhD, and Hayden Reynolds, PhD.

Call for Essays

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To all Second Year (and later) Master of Divinity Students:

 
The Pantheon Foundation, dedicated to building 21st century infrastructure for Pagans, calls for you to apply to receive the Diotima Prize. By the power of the Pagan community’s generosity a $1,000 has been crowd-funded to support your studies this year. Send us a 1,000 word essay on the nature of Paganism and Pagan ministry, and the author of the best, selected by our committee, will be awarded this year’s prize.

Details available here.

All materials must be received by September 1, 2014
Awards will be announced to the recipient by October 31, 2014
Applications are to be sent to: scholarship@pantheonfoundation.org

The Selection Committee is chaired by Pantheon Foundation’s Executive Director Sam Webster, and includes Rev. Dr. Bonnie Dlott, Christina Gargiullo, Christine Hoff Kraemer PhD, and Hayden Reynolds, PhD.

Announcing the 2014 Diotima Prize Selection Committee

Simmler-DeotymaI am pleased to announce the members of the 2014 Diotima Prize Selection Committee: Rev. Dr. Bonnie Dlott, Christina Gargiullo, Christine Hoff Kraemer PhD, and Hayden Reynolds, PhD. Their bios can be found here. Along with myself as chair, they will be reading the application essays of Pagan M.Div seminarians to determine who will receive this year’s Diotima Prize of $1000.

Thank you for supporting our Community!

The application deadline is September 1, 2014.
More information about the Diotima Prize can be found here.
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Pantheon Welcomes New Advisors to Diversity Committee

handsThe Pantheon Foundation Advisory Board is growing, and in June we welcomed four new advisors to help guide the work of Pantheon’s Diversity Committee, a working group committed to advancing justice, inclusion, and pluralism within the broader Pagan community. The Diversity Committee will help Pantheon respond appropriately to the needs of under-served communities, including people of color, LGBTQ Pagans, English language-learners, and others. The new advisors are Carolina Amor, Crystal Blanton, Lou Florez, and Mary Gee. Brief bios of each member are posted at the Pantheon Foundation website. Please take a moment to get to know these talented and dedicated volunteers.

This summer, along with Pantheon board members Janet Hayes and Jessica (Rabbit) Matthews, the new advisors are crafting Pantheon Foundation’s non-discrimination and diversity policies. We will be publishing the final documents on our website within the next few weeks.

In addition to their work with the Diversity Committee, each of our advisors brings a range of other valuable skills and experiences. Some will be serving Pantheon Foundation in multiple capacities.  A new working group soon will start developing sexual conduct and safety guidelines that are sensitive to the complexities of Pagan communities, including non-heteronormative power dynamics. Other topics the Diversity Committee will address include age discrimination and recognition of the unique needs of diversely-abled people.

Announcing: The Diotima Prize!

Simmler-DeotymaThe Pantheon Foundation announces The Diotima Prize to help support the educational goals of one Pagan student who is currently in an accredited seminary program.

The merit-based Prize is named for Diotima of Mantinea, the philosopher and priestess who is the teacher of Socrates in the Symposium of Plato, explaining to him the path of Divine ascent through the contemplation of Eros and Beauty.

We invite all 2nd year, or later, committed Pagan Master of Divinity students at accredited seminaries in the United States to write an essay on the nature of Paganism and ministering to Pagans in a religious context. 

Donors: Do you want to support the presence of the Pagan view in institutions of higher theological learning, and give a Pagan seminarian a boost for her/his educational needs? Please give to our Indiegogo Campaign here.

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Welcome Aboard, The Wild Hunt!

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With great pleasure we can now announce that The Wild Hunt, the premier Pagan news journal, had been unanimously voted by the Board of Directors to be the first Fiscally Sponsored Organization of the Pantheon Foundation.

We look forward to working with Jason Pitzl-Waters, The Wild Hunt founder and Pantheon Foundation board member, Heather Greene, the new Managing editor, and all The Wild Hunt team, to ensure this vital institution of the Pagan community thrives and continues to serve our community well into the future, as it has so ably in the past.

Welcome Aboard!