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We're thrilled to announce an exciting update for ConVocation! In our ongoing efforts to improve your experience, we've made a significant change. We are now using Sched not only for the event schedule but also for registration. This means you can register for ConVocation through the same platform that you use to view the schedule. We've streamlined the process to make it more convenient for you.
Feb 28, 2023
Hello everyone - After three long years, multiple stops and starts, some serious rough patches, and a lot of craziness - We did it!!!
I'll be completely honest; it still doesn't feel real.
Way back in 2019 I started studying the sephirah we would be working through for this ConVocation and I set goals for myself on what I wanted to bring to all of you. Diversity, inclusivity, accessibility - it was all in there. Then covid happened and my goal posts started to shift. I saw the stress and pain moving through our community along with the sense of isolation and disconnection from each other, our spirituality, and our core selves, as well as the feelings of helplessness and loss that just seemed to be everywhere. I started to think about what we as a group needed to be able to move forward through Tifferet and Netzach and this time in our lives. What tools and supports we needed to be able to pull ourselves together individually, as a family, and as a greater community. I made a list of what we needed in addition to diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility and this is what was on it:
Grace (for ourselves and each other)
I saw all of this, this past weekend, in all of you.
I have so many thank you's to say that I know some will be missed. I can only apologize and claim exhaustion and an amazing overload of emotion.
To all of our teachers - You were incredible. I've only glanced through the class reviews a little so far, but they are by far the most positive I have ever seen.
Mary K. Greer, Jason Mankey, Oberon Zell, Ivo Jr. Dominguez, Elizabeth Hazel, Clifford Hartleigh Low, Ted Jauw, Kate Henriot Jauw, and Diana Rajchel - Thank you for joining with us this weekend and sharing your knowledge. I know that every single person who attended your classes walked away knowing a little more than they did when they walked in. You were all a joy to work with through this entire time and I hope you will all consider joining us again sometime in the future.
Baba Teddy and Lady Kate - Thank you for broadening my understanding of Tifferet and Netzach and for both an opening and closing ritual that allowed all of us to share the challenges and losses of the last three years together in a way that honored every person there. I believe the saying is " Joy shared is doubled, sorrow shared is halved". The beautiful rituals you both wrote and presented for opening and closing as well as the multiple other rituals you carried out through the weekend helped the entire community halve their sorrow and double their joy - and let us find and feel hope. Again, thank you.
To all of my staff - I am so proud of you. This was hard. The hardest ConVocation I've ever worked and I am including the year of the Tower in that. All of you rose to the occasion and did it anyway. I could not have done this and would not have survived it without you. I noticed every single time one of you did something extra, took over a task for someone else struggling, and how you all did it with every bit of kindness and compassion you could bring to that moment. I'm humbled by your trust in me to keep things moving forward and am completely beyond words grateful for each and every one of you. I also noticed all the sneaky taking care of the con-chair when you didn't think I was paying attention. As much as I grumbled, I appreciate that as well.
To all of our attendees - Thank you as well. You are the sole reason that we keep doing this. No amount of work would have made this happen if you hadn't shown up, opened yourself to the energy, and gone on the wild ride we had this weekend. I know that we had some seriously frustrating challenges this weekend, particularly early on, and yet I still saw kindness and compassion being displayed. You proved that even under pressure it is possible to include everyone and treat them well. We're a family and we act like it - with everything that entails.
Here I'm not going to name names but there are those among all the groups who went even further in their care and support over the years and over the last week. Words truly do fail me. Thank you for being a shoulder to lean on and cry on, someone to vent to and complain with.
As a group ConVocation still has a ways to go with increasing our diversity, accessibility, and inclusivity. This year though all of you helped meet my goals and I think it will only get better from here.
Thank you all for allowing me the privilege of being your Con-chair for ConVocation 2023. I hope that you will join me one last time on March 26th, 2023 at 3pm for the Transition Meeting at the Dearborn/Detroit DoubleTree hotel. We will be going over all the things that happened at ConVocation 2023, discussing ConVocation 2024, and performing a short ritual to transfer the energy of ConVocation to the new Con-chairs.
Lindsay Moss, Convocation 2023 Con-Chair
Jan 14, 2022