What precautions are being taken for indoor rituals in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic?

We take the health and safety of our event participants very seriously and hold the following expectations for our participants. Any person compromising these precautions will be asked to leave.

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Face masks are required at all times during our indoor events.
There will be no exceptions to this requirement. Any person who removes their mask in common space will be asked to leave.

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At this time we ask that only vaccinated individuals attend our indoor events.
Chicago: We will be requiring proof of vaccination. You may either bring your vaccination card or a picture of your card for admittance into the ritual space. 

Seattle: We will not be requiring proof of vaccination. For the health and safety of everyone concerned, please do not attend if you have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Potlucks after ritual are suspended until further notice.
Eating in community requires a distinct lack of face masks, and for that reason we will not be hosting indoor potlucks at this time. We look forward to when that can change, and will hopefully bring potlucks back for any outdoor events going forward.

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Sharing of food during the ritual itself is also postponed until further notice.
During our usual holiday rituals there is a chance to share small pieces of food as an unusual type of communion and celebration, but this is temporarily suspended for the safety of everyone involved.

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Social distancing will NOT be required, but we explicitly empower attendees to communicate their boundaries as appropriate.
Given our expectations of both vaccinations and face masks, we will NOT be expecting social distancing. Our rituals will continue as normal, with participants typically gathered in a circle, close enough to hold hands.

We will have badges available to all attendees that will help indicate if they would prefer to social distance.

Will the ritual be accessible?

We are dedicated to working to make our events accessible to anyone wishing to attend. Making sure that our spaces are wheelchair accessible and that we have a quiet space for all who need it are always priorities, but we’d like to hear from you about other aspects of accessibility that are important for your experience. Please don’t be afraid to e-mail us at info@fellowshipofthephoenix.org to discuss how we can accommodate specific needs.

For those with fragrance sensitivities: Please be aware that all of our rituals involve the use of both smudge smoke and incense, and sometimes the use of essential oil blends. You may always decline being smudged or anointed with oil, but please be aware that these things will be used in the space.

We also use clear labeling on all of our potluck foods to denote common allergens or triggers.

What should I bring/how should I dress? Will the ritual be skyclad?

The dress code is always whatever makes you feel sacred/holy/sexy/powerful. Some attendees will be in full ritual garb, some will be in street clothes. Both expressions are completely appropriate. We do, however, require dress of some sort – our rituals are never skyclad.

What should I expect?

The ritual content and form may vary, but the typical ritual will involve some representation of the Fellowship’s cosmology, including key symbols and stories, as well as a message from the deity of the season. The rituals often involve chanting and free-form celebratory dance. Rituals are typically followed by a potluck feast and social time.

Who is invited?

Our rituals are open to members of the LGBTQ community aged 18 and over. Some of our rituals, however, are open to anyone over 18 regardless of gender or orientation. Check the information on an individual event to be certain.