Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Clarifications re Pantheacon's Dianic Lilith Rite

I have spoken with people who are close to both CAYA Coven and Pantheacon organizers.  Based on what I have heard so far, it appears that this all started out as a misunderstanding and miscommunication. While there is a lot of public ranting going on, there is a lot of discussion between the parties. Serious efforts are being made on all sides to discuss these issues respectfully and avoid similar incidents. Alas, things have now taken on a life of their own, and outside parties have come in to offer their opinions on the subject.

Z Budapest's opinions are her own and do not reflect those of CAYA or Pantheacon: if I have conflated them, or if I have not made that distinction clear enough in my posts, I apologize.  While I disagree with her opinions and with the language she used, I respect the contributions which Budapest has made to our community. I hope that she rethinks her position, or at least her language. This incident is an ugly blot on a remarkable record of service, dedication and courage: I hope it does not become one of the defining moments of her public career.

Amidst all this brouhaha, I also note that people are talking about gender identity, gender liminality and gender-as-spectrum -- ideas which a few people obviously find threatening and which most rarely consider. Comfort levels are being tested and weaknesses are being exposed. That is about what I would expect after a visit from Lilith, so perhaps the ritual was more successful than anybody hoped.

1 comment:

Thora Appelgren said...

On behalf of CAYA Coven, I would like to say that it is apparent that this is an issue that has hit a nerve for many in the Pagan community. We sincerely appreciate everyone who has taken the time to share their point of view on this, in this blog and others. As we encourage open discussion around this topic, we would like to also offer our own views on gender and ritual space, which can be found here- http://www.cayacoven.org/gender.html.

Thank you,

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