East Kingdom University Survey Open

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The East Kingdom Minister of Arts & Sciences, Master Philip White, has tasked me with soliciting opinions from the populace on how to make the East Kingdom University (EKU) a valuable and useful function of the Kingdom A&S Office.

From Master Philip: “At the most recent Curia [December 9, 2017 at Bhakail Yule] Kingdom Law was updated to delete all reference to the East Kingdom University / Royal University. Going forward, the University with remain as a function of the Kingdom A&S Office, and will be maintained without restrictions previously placed in Kingdom Law.

What will that look like? We don’t know! But! We will find out.

How? By asking lots of questions!

Of who? Everyone.

Why? Because we want the/an EKU to be something that people find valuable and useful.”

To that end, I have put together a survey to gather opinions about what the EKU is and what it should be to members of the populace.

Survey responses are being collected through March 1st, 2018.

In service,
Lady Serafina Della Torre

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Sondage maintenant disponible au sujet de l’Université du Royaume de l’Est

Le Ministre des Arts & Sciences, Maître Philip White, m’a donné comme mission de solliciter l’opinion de la population afin de savoir comment l’Université du Royaume de l’Est (EKU) peut jouer un rôle de premier plan pour l’Office des Arts & Sciences du Royaume.

De Maître Philip: “À la Curie la plus récente (9 décembre 2017 au Yule de Bakhail), la Loi du Royaume a été mise à jour afin de retirer toute référence à l’Université du Royaume de l’Est / l’Université Royale. À partir de maintenant, l’Université sera une des responsabilités de l’Office des Arts & Sciences du Royaume, et sera maintenue sans aucune des restrictions précédemment imposées par la Loi du Royaume.

Quel en sera le nouveau format ? Nous ne savons pas ! Mais nous le découvrirons.

Comment ? En posant de nombreuses questions !

Qui ? De tout le monde.

Pourquoi ? Parce que nous souhaitons que l’Université du Royaume soit un événement répondant aux besoins des citoyens, et dont les gens de l’Est soient fiers.”

Pour ce faire, j’ai créé un sondage afin de récolter les opinions au sujet de ce qu’est l’EKU et ce qu’elle devrait représenter pour les membres de la population.

Les réponses au sondage seront acceptées jusqu’au premier mars 2018.

Cliquez ici pour aller au sondage

En service,
Dame Serafina Della Torre

 

Unofficial Court Report – String Thynge

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Royal Court at String Thynge. Photo by Duchess Etheldreda Ivelchyld

On Saturday, January 13th, AS LII, Their Majesties Ivan and Matilde paid a visit to their Shire of Caer Adamant.

In the morning they held a brief court, and called for Dietrich Schwelgengräber. They were disappointed that not only could he not produce the sock they had given Dobby, but that Tsar Ivan had possession of it. The Tsar said he would hold it a bit longer, as Dietrich had a question to ponder. The companions of the Order of the Pelican were called forth. A reception would be held to celebrate Dietrich joining a second Peerage order.

After a day of all things String, their Majesties held court. The following gentles were recognized thus:

Lady Motte is being presented; Photo by Duchess Etheldreda Ivelchyld

Astrid Magnusdottir – Tyger’s Cub
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Buffy Gerald – Award of Arms
scroll by Magdalena Lantfarerin
Words by Shoshana Gryffyth

Laurena Mouchot – Silver Wheel
scroll by Shoshana Gryffyth

Motte Nachfalter – Award of Arms
scroll by Mairi Crawford
Words by Sean O’Morian

Arthur Alyn- Silver Tyger
scroll by Shoshana Gryffyth

Dietrich Schwelgengräber – Pelican
scroll by Marti Palozi

Dietrich Schwelgengräber is elevated to the Order of the Pelican at String Thynge; Photo by Duchess Etheldreda Ivelchyld

Additionally, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde called for Sir Thorson to run the toybox.

The Newcomers present received tokens.

Thus concluded court. Long live the Kingdom of the East!

YIS,

Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald.

PS – Thank you to Marian Kirkpatrick for heralding the court as well.

Collecting Tales of Duke Kenric

Photo by Raziya bint Rusa

Stories, songs, and poems about Duke Kenric are being collected in an online Google Form. The works submitted will be laid out, printed, and given to his family. Anyone may submit a story, which can be as long or short as the person wishes. Final stories will be edited for spelling only; no other edits will be made. If you would like to submit a story, the form can be found here.

East Kingdom Law & You: Statement of Inclusion from Curia Agenda

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Hello and welcome to a new series of articles from the East Kingdom Gazette entitled: East Kingdom Law & You. Articles will feature detailed, sometimes riveting and always informative pieces submitted to or solicited by the East Kingdom Gazette by members of the populace on existing East Kingdom Law & upcoming Curia Agenda Items.

Reminder: The East Kingdom Gazette is an unofficial group of volunteers unaffiliated with any East Kingdom Office working to provide the best information we can. For official interpretations of East Kingdom Law, Society Law, or any Local/Kingdom/Society Policy, please consult your local Seneschal.

The first East Kingdom Law & You article has been sent to the Gazette by Master Philip White, OL, OP and includes information about one of the upcoming Curia Agenda items following Market Day at Birka.

Greetings,

The East Kingdom is committed to being a welcoming and supportive place.

As part of this commitment, a proposed Statement of Inclusion for Kingdom Law has been added to the Birka Curia agenda:

X. Rights of Subjects 

 A. Statement of Inclusion

The East Kingdom is committed to celebrating equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. We promote social equity and diversity in all activities including but not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, national origin, veteran status, socioeconomic class, religion, and professional status. We are committed to providing resources and opportunities for all subjects of and visitors to the East Kingdom.

Link to Curia Agenda Here.

Before Curia at Birka we are sharing with you some thoughts and we are looking for feedback from you.

For reference, there are some related policies already in place. This Statement of Inclusion does not replace those existing policies.

From the SCA Organizational Handbook:

XIII. POLICY ON ACCESSIBILITY TO SOCIETY FUNCTIONS

The SCA, Inc. will not discriminate against any member or participant on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, age or disability. The SCA, Inc. will comply with all laws of the nation in which the meeting or event is held. For any meeting or event held in the United States, the SCA, Inc. will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The SCA, Inc. will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to enable all participants to fully enjoy the events whenever it is possible to do so. The SCA, Inc. will at all times attempt to provide reasonable accommodations, while preserving the fundamental nature of the SCA event.

From the Society Seneschals Handbook:

XXIV. SOCIETY SENESCHAL POLICIES & INTERPRETATIONS

  1. Harassment and Bullying

The SCA prohibits harassment and bullying of all individuals and groups.

Harassment and bullying includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • offensive or lewd verbal comments directed to an individual;
  • the display of explicit images (drawn or photographic) depicting an individual in an inappropriate manner;
  • photographing or recording individuals inappropriately to abuse or harass the individual;
  • inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; or retaliation for reporting harassment and/or bullying.

Participants violating these rules are subject to appropriate sanctions. If an individual feels subjected to harassment, bullying or retaliation, they should contact a seneschal, President of the SCA, or the Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman. If a participant of the SCA becomes aware that someone is being harassed or bullied, they have a responsibility pursuant to the SCA Code of Conduct to come forward and report this behavior to a seneschal, President of the SCA or Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.

These policies are in place to stop things from happening in the SCA.

But what about what we do want in the SCA? That’s why we are looking at adopting a statement specifically letting people know that we are an inclusive organization.

Statements of Inclusion:

  • Encourage different experiences and perspectives.
  • Establish diversity and inclusion as underlying aspects of the principles and traditions of an organization.
  • Strengthen organizations by specifically stating that everyone has a voice and is encouraged to contribute.

That’s our starting point.

Next?

We want to hear feedback, suggestions, and questions in order to make this a more useful guiding principle for our members.

Members of the populace can email me here.

To facilitate that next step, we wanted to help set expectations and answer some initial questions we anticipate people will have.

Question 1:

“Is this really necessary?”

Yes. There are people that look at the SCA from the outside and do not see it as a welcoming place. That’s because they can take a casual look at our organization and see a visible lack of diversity.

Our current membership has underrepresented populations. Our minority members may already feel welcome. And our majority populations may feel like we are already supporting diversity and promoting inclusivity. But that’s from an insider’s perspective.

A Statement of Inclusion tells everyone, prospective members and existing members alike, that they are welcome in the SCA even if they do not see people who look like them at events.

Question 2

“Are we simply stating what we are doing anyway?”

In many ways, yes, this is something we already do. Putting what we do into law lets newcomers and prospective members know that we are committed to an inclusive organization.

Question 3

“I don’t think this is a problem. So why are we changing things?”

That’s great. We’re glad your participation in the SCA is going well. Lots of our members are happy and productive participants already.

The policy, then, is not so much for you. You already feel welcome. This policy is put in place to let our current members and prospective members know that they are welcome too.

We want it to go well for all of our members alike. So, for you, it may not feel like a change. For them it will feel like an improvement. Your part would be to continuing helping them know that they are welcome, too. To let them feel some of what you feel when you are a part of the SCA.

Question 4

“This doesn’t happen here. That’s only a problem in other Kingdoms.”

Adopting this Statement of Inclusion will help us continue the good work we already do. It will help us make sure it doesn’t happen here. And it will help us improve on it.

Question 5

“Do you have proof that people are not being included? I think people are blowing things out of proportion.”

Experiences will be different for each of us. You may be in a position to feel like everyone has equivalent access and opportunity to the SCA.

If that were the case, I would ask you talk to some of your fellow local SCA members and hear about their experiences.

Do you have a friend who is underemployed? As them about event expenses. Do you have a friend that is disabled? Ask them about how it is to get around at a camping event. Do you have a friend that is dyslexic? Ask them about trying to write documentation for an A&S entry.

These are just a few examples of experiences we would like to find ways to make easier for individuals.

Question 6

“We don’t even have enough minority or marginalized populations now to make stuff like this worth it. Why bother?”

That’s actually the perfect reason. If there is a lack of diversity then you need a tool to help promote inclusiveness and equity. This is a visible and articulated commitment to minority and marginalized communities.

Question 7

“This is a history club. Isn’t this a modern issue?”

The historical times and places that we study and recreate in the SCA are wide and varied. Those times were diverse through people, place, and culture. Diversity is actually already part of our game.

We are also a modern day organization that studies history. Our membership deals with modern issues day in and day out. We cannot ignore that there may be modern obstacles and barriers in place that limit people’s participation.  A Statement of Inclusion allows us to recognize that modern issues may limit potential members from enjoying the history we study. We want to help them overcome those limitations.

Question 8

“Diversity isn’t period. And it is period to exclude people. Why are we even talking about this?”

Actually, diversity is very much period. It may not be very well known but it is well documented.

Improving membership diversity would make actually make us more accurate historically, not less.

That said, this policy is part of the administrative aspect of the SCA. This is not put in place for persona purposes only. It is part of the entire game that we play and applies to all aspects and interactions of the SCA, administrative and game-side both.

We’re a modern organization made up of modern people. That is our membership. We are addressing those needs here in this policy.

Question 9

“Why does everything need to be so inclusive? Can’t this just be a game?”

We are a volunteer organization with limited resources on time and money. We’re a stronger group with more people to help this game happen. Many hands make light work. We do not want to turn people away, even unintentionally.

Inclusivity helps us with our shared values of generosity and kindness while showing many of the attributes of chivalry.

When a new person hears about the SCA we’d like to automatically feel welcomed. This Statement helps with that goal.

Question 10

“Not everyone can be the same. Our award structure will not allow for that.”

We are promoting equity in order to encourage diversity and inclusiveness across the organization in all aspects of the SCA.

This is separate from the ceremonial hierarchy established by the award structure of the SCA.

The Order of Precedence is a game function important to persona play. We have inherited it as a way to interact together while dealing with game interactions.

Question 11

“Does this mean I have to let people be a part of my household?”

That’s not what we’re asking. The SCA is made up of lots of different personalities. We have all sorts of individuals that cross multiple kinds of boundaries.

We’re not expecting you to form relationships with each other. You’re not being asked to make everyone your friend. You’re not being asking change your household or your other private gatherings.

We’re asking you to treat each other like neighbors or partners all working towards the same goal of making the SCA a welcoming place.

Question 12

“Does this mean we are going to have religious ceremonies as parts of events?”

No. That’s not what it means. It means that people of different religions observations, or none at all, are welcome to participate in SCA activities where and as they are able.

The SCA has a policy regarding region already.

SCA, Inc. Policy on Religion:

  1. Having no wish to recreate the religious conflicts of the period under study, the Society shall neither establish nor prohibit any system of belief among its members. No one shall perform any religious or magical ceremony at a Society event (or in association with the name of the Society) in such a way as to imply that the ceremony is authorized, sponsored, or promulgated by the Society or to force anyone at a Society event, by direct or indirect pressure, to observe or join the ceremony. However, this provision is in no way intended to discourage the study of historical belief systems and their effects on the development of Western culture.
  1. Except as provided herein, neither the Society nor any member acting in its name or that of any of its parts shall interfere with any person’s lawful ceremonies, nor shall any member discriminate against another upon grounds related to either’s system of belief.

Question 13

“Aren’t people going to falsely claim that they are not being included?”

Let us hesitate to label anything as false. What may feel inclusive to one person may feel exclusionary to another person. Avoid making assumptions about a situation and try to learn more about what the individual is requesting.

Now, the SCA will not be a good fit for everyone. We’re still following the basic precepts of our game. For those people who are interested in the SCA we want to give them a way to be involved without barriers in place.

Question 14

“Will this be a philosophical mandate with no monetary backing?”

Yes, actually. That’s correct. We’re not asking for groups to fund individuals. Including others of different economic situations does not mean funding their hobby. We are asking you to be understanding of their circumstances.

What does that mean? It means finding new and different ways to help them participate. Can you teach through a website broadcast for people that can’t afford to travel? Can you provide instructions or access to public transit for people who need mass transit? Do you have loaner gear that others can use? Or do you have common materials people can try out new arts with?

Question 15

“Will there be training?”

Yes. There can be. We plan to have this information on the Kingdom website with FAQs, access to diversity training, classes at events, sessions on the web, and availability for one-on-one questions.

Question 16

“How do we think this will change our Kingdom?”

When an organization makes a commitment like this to its members it lets its members know that they can ask for help. Can they ask for help today? Yes, of course. That opportunity already exists. Does everyone know this? No. And by making this statement we can let everyone know that they are able to speak up.

Question 17

“Are we thinking of a long-term plan?”

Yes. Our organization will develop and grow through our continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. We believe that this will give us more opportunities for learning and teaching.

Question 18

“Who are the ones that are going to be responsible for this?”

Ultimately? We are all in this together. Anyone who want to see this organization grow will be committed to finding ways to supporting others participating in the way that they can.

Agenda Published for upcoming Curia

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Greetings to all who see these words,

As published in the January 2018 issue of Pikestaff
Ivan and Matilde, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the East Kingdom, will hold a Curia after the Market Day at Birka, in the Barony of Stonemarche (Manchester NH), on Sunday 28 January 2018, starting at 10:00 am. Event Announcement.

The agenda for Their Majesties’ upcoming Curia is now available on the Seneschal’s web site.

in service,
Eadgyth aet Staeningum
Clerk of Laws

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Publication de l’ordre du jour pour la prochaine Curie

Salutations à tous ceux lisant ces mots,

Comme publié dans le Pikestaff de janvier 2018
Ivan et Matilde, Tsar et Tsarine du Royaume de l’Est, tiendrons une Curie après le Jour de Marché à Birka, en la Baronnie de Stonemarche (Manchester NH), le dimanche 28 janvier 2018, commençant à 10:00 heures. Annonce de l’événement.

L’ordre du jour de Leurs Majestés pour la prochaine Curie est maintenant disponible sur le site web du Sénéchal.

En Service,
Eadgyth aet Staeningum
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Arts & Sciences Research Paper #22: Recreating an Illuminated Persian Manuscript Page

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Our twenty-second A&S Research Paper comes to us from Lady Onóra ingheainn Uí Rauirc of the Barony of An Dubhaigeainn. She takes us through her process of recreating a manuscript page in the Persian style, and shows us some fascinating things in the process. (Prospective future contributors, please check out our original Call for Papers.)

Recreating an Illuminated Persian Manuscript Page

Detail view of final painting. (Photo courtesy of Lady Onóra.)

Detail view of final painting. (Photo courtesy of Lady Onóra.)

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Missive from TRM

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Tzar Ivan and Tzaritsa Mathilde at East Kingdom 12th Night AS 52. Photo by Baron Brendan Crane.

As all have come to know, Duke Kenric aet Essex has been lost at sea. Like all of you, We feel that there has been a hole made in our Kingdom, in our lives, and in our hearts.It is Our deepest wish to pay Our respects to his beloved wife Duchess Avelina and daughter Lady Aethelthryth, and to attend the memorial service in his honor this coming Saturday. However, We are scheduled to attend Owlsherst Country 12th Night, to pay a visit to the good gentles in one of the farthest corners of this great Kingdom.

It is because Duke Kenric loved this game so that, in his memory and to honor his commitment to our Society, We will still be attending this event. Kenric was a man who showed us how to live life with passion, with sincerity, and with honor. While we mourn his loss, we celebrate his life, and his great love of this game we play and society we cultivate. His family remains most assured of Our love, respect and commitment to their needs. We know they are secure in the hands and hearts of the loving people of the East. Continue reading

Service commémoratif pour Duc Kenric

Un service commémoratif multiconfessionnel pour Duc Kenric sera tenu ce samedi 20 janvier 2018, à midi à l’église Saint Benedict’s à Warwick, RI. Suivant le service, une collation sera servie dans le hall de l’église, jusqu’à 4pm. L’église est située au 135 Beach Avenue. La famille et les amis sont bienvenus. Soyez avisés que ceci ne constitue pas un événement costumé. Pour toute question, veuillez contacter Amy Dickens.

Il y aura aussi un service commémoratif à Pennsic, dans le pavillon du Royaume de l’Est. Plus de détails concernant le service à Pennsic sont à venir.

In Memoriam: Duke Kenric æt Essex

“When righteousness and mercy are associated in the ruler’s authority, he may, while soothing the hearts of his subjects, inspire them with reverence, and, whilst correcting, sooth them. So spoke Alfred, great King of the Saxons, and it is as if he had known Kenric ætEssex.” – From the ducal scroll of Kenric æt Essex

Photo by Raziya bint Rusa

Duke Kenric æt Essex, Knight, Laurel, has been declared lost at sea following a boating accident on Friday, January 12th. Kenric was one of the most highly accomplished and beloved citizens of the East. He and his wife, Avelina Keyes, reigned three times as King and Queen of the East. He was the only person in the history of the East to be inducted into five orders of High Merit. Prior to his first reign as King of the East, he served as East Kingdom Brigantia Herald for four years, then subsequently as Kingdom Chamberlain for two years, and at the time of his death was serving as East Kingdom Marshal of Armored Combat.

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Date limite pour les recommendations de Leurs Altesses Royales

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Leurs Altesses Caoilfhionn et Brennan souhaitent rendre connu de tous qu’ils accepteront des recommandations pour un jour supplémentaire. S’il vous plaît assurez-vous que la recommandation est dans la fin de la journée.

Souvenez-vous que vous n’avez pas besoin d’être membre d’un ordre afin de recommander une personne que vous pensez méritante. Si vous pensez que des gens que vous connaîssez sont méritoires, il y a un formulaire en ligne facile à remplir afin que leur candidature soit considérée au travers de http://surveys.eastkingdom.org/index.php/945932

Merci!