Brandon went to Pantheacon 2015, the largest indoor gathering of Pagans in North America, in San Jose on February 13th-15th (the event started on the 12th). Here is his report on the convention:
We arrived a little after it started (didn't miss anything critical). We met John and Ruth Halstead pretty early on. They took us under their wings and that made it a fun experience for us and so I am grateful to them. It had a fairly typical con feel to it. A lot of cosplay and ordinarily marginalized people hanging out with their people.
The Atheopagan group is pretty interesting. They were unable to get a normal slot so they negotiated with Pagan Scholars to use their hospitality suite and there was an open house and a workshop and a ritual (all told about 5-6 hours of Atheopagan programming). There is a ton of other stuff going on (about 13 tracks). The Atheopagan thing is really resonating a lot with people.
I feel it is the most fertile conference/venue that I have been to for Kindred; the only circle in the venn diagram that is not well represented is probably the Call (The Destiny, The Obligation, Space!). There is a lot of non-science (nonsense) going on. But there is a lot of people who are thoroughly naturalistic there. If I have learned anything, I have learned that the Atheopagan is really resonating with a lot of people and the only disparity is the Call.
Jon Cleland Host was really nice to me; absolutely Kindred guy although not certain about the call. He was talking about animism and how science is a natural extension of animism.
Thanks to this event, I feel that now is the most fertile time for a Kindred festival ever.