My Previous statement about the removal of two presenters from the recent PantheaCon schedule was meant to be an explanation of the events of that situation. It was not intended to provoke speculation regarding individual people or their work.
PantheaCon staff are not in the position to make decisions about the authenticity of people’s paths or their views. We do not have the resources to do in depth investigations to confirm or deny all the information brought to us. Our vision is to support an environment that is inclusive and supportive of the many different types of people who choose to share space at the convention.
It was not, and never has been, PantheaCon’s intent to create harm to any community members, whether attendees, volunteers, presenters or potential presenters. We want to continue the work of creating equitable spaces that consider the needs of the many intersecting communities that fall under the umbrella of Paganism. This work is challenging and hard to untangle at times, and leaves many opportunities to learn, grow and do better in the process.
With that understanding I acknowledge the layers of harm involved in the most recent situations related to the convention, and the resulting social media conversations that have contributed to speculation of our intentions, and exacerbated harm to those who plan to attend.
Moving forward, it is my goal to work towards more supportive systems that avoid the potential for similar situations in the future, and that keep the door open for inquiry and restorative practices. My aim is to cultivate systems and resources that support community voice in the process and give us checks and balances when looking to verify information.
PantheaCon staff continue to work on plans to support spaces for healing at the upcoming convention, and I expect to share some of our plans for this in the coming weeks.
I hope continued conversations will add to our ability to engage in useful dialogue around the topics of racism, cultural appropriation,discriminatory practices, gender inclusivity and many other important areas. These discussions can expand our enjoyment of the conference and our experience of our spiritual community.