I am the Lord of the Double Wand of Power; the wand of the Force of Coph Nia--but my left hand is empty, for I have crushed an Universe; & nought remains. -- Liber AL vel Legis 3:72
It is our vision to create a safe environment for gay, bi, queer and questioning men to explore alternate paths of spirituality such as Paganism, Wicca, Druidism, Shamanism, Thelema, Ceremonial Magick, Witchcraft, New Age Thought and more. It is our goal to create an environment that:
- Brings gay, bi, queer and questioning men together as a community to learn from and support one another and encourages this community to remain cohesive outside of the festival space.
- Offers opportunities to learn, grow and share experiences and knowledge through workshops, rituals and social networking events.
- Creates a non-judgmental environment where gay, bi, queer and questioning men acknowledge the divinity and beauty within each other without regard to age, size, race or other superficial divisions that exist in the larger queer community.
- Worships the divine energies inherent in the world around us, fosters a respect for nature and the environment and celebrates the unique position of gay, bi, queer and questioning men in the universe and in relation to the gods.
- Creates a spiritual renewal and energy in the men who participate that they can share with the larger gay and bi community. It is our vision that the men who attend Coph Nia leave transformed and empowered to minister to their local gay community.
- Creates an atmosphere of sacred play and encourages participants to relax and have fun in an environment that celebrates light, life, love and liberty.
The Importance of Community Involvement
The idea of community is central to our vision for Coph Nia. We believe that this type of sacred queer community strengthens each individual but also brings renewal and power to the large gay community. With that in mind, our vision is for our community to be actively involved in the gathering rather than simply attending it. Our goal is to engage the community that we serve through the following means.
- Each year we plan to end the event with a feedback and planning session so that community members can be directly involved in the shape of future gatherings.
- It is our intention to form a community council that will advise and assist the governing board of the Ordo Aeternus Vovin in running the gathering. We envision this community council being involved in selecting guests for future events, choosing workshop proposals to approve, assisting with vetting ritual proposals and more. The role of this council will evolve over time and it is our hope that the community will provide input as to how they would like the council to represent them in planning and executing the gathering.
- We intend to create an online forum to facilitate the community keeping in touch throughout the year. We will conduct a poll to determine the format of that forum that the community prefers. Suggested forms include a Facebook group, a Google groups email list, a Yahoo Group, or a private forum on the Coph Nia web site.
Spreading the Word
We believe that our vision is one that will resonate with gay, bi, queer and questioning men. We hope that members of our community will be moved to share Coph Nia with those in their home communities. To facilitate this, we've created PDF postcards and flyers for the event that members can download and share. We also encourage those with talents in graphic design or marketing to volunteer their talents to create marketing materials that the community may use to spread the word.
We encourage community members to communicate their feedback and to propose ideas for future events. Please contact us and let us know how you'd like to get involved.