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November 11th, 2021

Hello everyone!

We would like to invite all of you to join us at the Detroit/Dearborn DoubleTree Hotel on January 23, 2022 at 3pm for our ConVocation Volunteers Meeting.

This meeting is where we open up our volunteer grid to our pre-registered attendees who wish to earn back their registration and help make ConVocation amazing. We will go over the different departments we need volunteers for as well as what type of work each job entails.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

October 21st, 2021

Hello everyone!

It's that time again for your voices to be heard at the biannual MEC Town Hall Meeting. Come join the MEC board of directors to discuss the topics that directly impact our community and help shape the policies and programs that will help us continue to build the community we would all like to see.

There are two topics for this meeting - An overview and update on our Diversity Committee as well as a discussion of the COVID 19 protocols for ConVocation 2022.


The town hall meeting is being held at the DoubleTree Dearborn/Detroit Hotel this coming Saturday October 23rd, 2021 from 12pm-3pm and will also be streamed live on Facebook. There will be time for a question and answer session during the meeting and we will also have a live moderator in the Livestream chat to clarify anything that may be difficult to hear from the live discussion and to relay comments and questions during the discussion.


We are greatly looking forward to seeing you all there!

September 27th, 2021

ConVocation 2022 COVID 19 Protocols

Pre - ConVocation:

Pack your proof of COVID 19 vaccination card or your proof of a negative COVID 19 test from within the last 72 hours.

All registrations canceled because of a positive COVID 19 diagnosis will be refunded during the month after ConVocation ( March 2022). Proof of positive diagnosis will be required. A picture of the positive test result is sufficient - As long as we can see the attendees name, all other personal identifying information can be redacted.

If you have had COVID 19 and are out of quarantine 15 days prior to ConVocation 2022 a negative COVID 19 test will be required regardless of vaccination status.

Do not attend ConVocation 2022 if you have tested positive for COVID 19 within the last 14 days - even if you are asymptomatic or have been vaccinated. People who have tested positive for COVID 19 and are per-registered are eligible for a full refund.

During ConVocation:

Either a COVID 19 vaccination card or a negative COVID 19 test taken within the last 72 hours MUST be presented at registration to attend ConVocation 2022.

Masks must be worn in all indoor public areas at all times. At this time masks are not being provided by ConVocation. Attendees must bring their own. We are working on donation options for masks and will update this as we have more information.

If you are unvaccinated or at high risk for COVID 19, please practice social distancing.

Frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer is highly encouraged. We are currently working out ways to make hand sanitizer available and easily accessible to attendees.

Please use substances responsibly - it is easy to forget masking and social distancing guidelines when inhibitions are lowered.

Even if you are vaccinated - DO NOT attend ConVocation 2022 if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID 19 - (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea).

This is current policy based on current science and are subject to change.

Thanks again,

MEC

November 11, 2020


The MEC Board has decided that in light of the rising number of COVID-19 infections and deaths, along with the logistics of attempting to hold a safe and socially distanced in-person convention, or trying to hold an online convention that lives up to the standards we require for ConVocation; we will be postponing ConVocation 2021. We know this is upsetting and disappointing to many of you - it is to us as well.


For those Merchants, Artists, and Teachers who have submitted classes or applications for 2021 - we will be reaching out to you all with information on each of your situations shortly. We wish to bring you all with us into 2022.


We are excited to announce that February 24th to 27th 2022 we will be continuing on with our current theme of "Finding Our Balance" and working with the sephiroth Tifferet. We look forward to seeing you all there!


If you reserved a room with the hotel, please make sure you remember to cancel the reservation as soon as possible.

June 14, 2020:


After further reflection upon our previous statement we (the MEC board) have realized that we were not sufficiently clear on where MEC stands. MEC can not and will not tolerate racism of any kind, explicit or implicit. We stand with and support the fight to end injustice and systemic racism.


In the recent statement MEC posted, we focused on the actions MEC has committed to in continuing to educate and better ourselves and our community. We hear and acknowledge that in making that our focus we buried and undervalued the trauma and the severity of the issues faced by people of color and the importance of Black Lives Matter and related movements. This was not our intention. We Apologize.


The violence, bigotry and disenfranchisement that people of color have to face and have been facing for centuries cannot be allowed to continue. MEC will continue to strive to meet the goal of eradication of these plagues on our society and in our communities.


Hatred and intolerance have no shelter within our community or at our events and therefore must be actively uprooted. Racists and bigots of all stripes can stay home, they will not be welcome among us.

June 12, 2020:


MEC was founded with the goal of making a safe and inclusive community for all as laid out in our mission statement right from the very beginning:


The Magical Educational Council was established for the following purpose: to create community by promoting the sharing of knowledge, experience, and fellowship among people who follow mystical and esoteric traditions.


In order to promote community, we do not include those paths or traditions whose doctrines advocate bigotry and / or violence against others on any basis including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or religion


It is in the core of what MEC is and what we want to provide the community to stand against racism not only at our event, but in our community and in the world. To this end we had planned on using our Spring Town Hall to start an initiative of creating a community wide Diversity Board, however our plans were cut short by the pandemic that has threatened the health and taken the lives of so many.


This has not stopped our plans, but has delayed them. We are committed to continue to have ConVocation be a place for everyone in our community to feel safe, welcome, included and represented. When we can confirm that it will be lawful and safe to host a Town Hall (hopefully in October) we will be making announcements to invite those who want to help us improve ConVocation and all other events, groups and organizations be as representatively diverse as our community truly is.


In the meantime, know that we understand that we CANNOT understand what people of color have experienced in their lives, but we support you, we are listening to you and we are here for you.


Justice for only some is no justice at all. Black Lives Matter.