From the Baron & Baroness: On Core Values

Hello Debatable Lands! Salve Accolens! Hello Neighbors!

Below is a restatement from our letter appearing in the June (2nd Qtr) Althing:

We have long felt and said that the SCA and our Barony is a safe space. A place where we can leave our modern worries at the metaphorical door, and be exactly who we want to be – warriors and artists and leaders and so much more… And you know, while that is true for many of us, to varying degrees, it’s not true for everyone. We are but human. Humans who cannot leave parts of their very selves and souls at the SCA door. We acknowledge this. Now, we ask that we all acknowledge this.

So, what do we do? The SCA does not exist in a vacuum. We are not simply warriors, not simply artisans, not simply leaders, or archers, or builders, or any of the myriad paths that we have the opportunities to follow. The SCA is, at its very heart, based in chivalry and courtesy. It’s in our highest Laws, our highest expectations of ourselves. Our Core Values*.  It’s time we take a hard look at ourselves and what the true meaning of our values are. We must actively seek the ways that our systems, our processes, our words, and above all, our actions, inhibit equity in our game. Every single one of us, even we, your Baron and Baroness, have unconscious bias. We must all examine ourselves, our words, our actions, and the systems that we build and take part in. And above all, when someone tells us that something is wrong – that something in our great hobby is harming them – we must listen.

We will say this, unequivocally: in our Barony, we will no longer turn our heads away from intolerance. We are a people of compassion, reason, and acceptance. *You are welcome here*. Whatever your race, ethnicity, orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, religion, political beliefs, age, socio-economic status, or appearance, you are welcome here. The only thing that is not welcome is intolerance. 

In this self-examination, we are not perfect. Let us be patient with ourselves, let us not rush to judgment, or alienation of friends and neighbors. We say again: we are but human. And humans are flawed. We ask that we all practice kindness, and compassion, and patience, and respect –  as we navigate these current rough waters. 

We know our words this time have far more gravitas that you may be used to hearing from us, and we know that we ask of us all things that may be difficult. Know this: we will continue to hold every last one of you in our hearts, and to strive to keep our vibrant, amazing Barony a fun and welcoming place.

We are here because you believe.

In Levitate et Caritate, and Cheers
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda

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*SCA Statement of Core Values 

In pursuing its mission, the SCA is committed to excellence in its programs, communications and activities and to

∙ act in accordance with the chivalric virtues of honor and service;

∙ value and respect the worth and dignity of all individuals;

∙ practice inclusiveness and respect pluralism and diversity;

∙ promote a safe and respectful environment for all SCA events;

∙ act with transparency, fairness, integrity and honesty;

∙ be a responsible steward of SCA resources; and,

∙ be committed to maintaining the trust of its members and participants.

It is the expectation of the SCA that its members and participants, in all events and activities of the SCA, will conduct themselves in accordance with these tenets.

Services for Lord Ardghal O’Breaslain (Zac Gallo)

Greetings unto the Debatable Lands from Muirgheal inghean Dubhghaill,

Services for Lord Ardghal O’Breaslain (Zac Gallo), Will be at The Holy Cross Church in Mt. Lebanon by the Galleria on Thursday 4 – 8pm for a viewing, Friday 11am for the Memorial.

There is a GoFundMe to assist the family with Lord Ardghal’s final expenses, if you are interested in that information please reach out to me directly for the information.

In Service,
Muirgheal

A Challenge For You!

Hello Debatable Lands! Salve Accolens!

We, your Baron and Baroness, hereby challenge you! In these strange times, it can be difficult to feel the camaraderie, the warmth, the connection among us all. We therefore issue this CONNECTION CHALLENGE:

Between now and the Baronial Social* on Sunday, we challenge those that would like to participate, to call three people that they have not heard the voice of since at least May of this year.

Feel free to use the phone, video chat in the app of your choice, or even an in-person call/visit (all proper precautions, please). CONNECT with your voice, to those folks you have been missing.

And then tell us about it, if you can! Bring your stories from this week to the Social Meeting* on the 20th (1pm), or post to your social media, or our email list. Let’s hear about our connections!

Can we all together make 100 connections? Let’s try!

In Levitate et Caritate, and Cheers,
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda

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Barony Meeting and Social is on Sunday, September 20th, at 1 pm via Zoom. We’re celebrating AEthelmearc Day, and our connections! Link to the Zoom Room will be posted on our email list, and in the Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/237731854325937) closer to the date of the Social.

Sad Tidings: Lord Ardghal O’Breaslain

Our hearts are heavy this day, as we have just been informed of the death in a motorcycle accident of one of our ex-patriots, Lord Ardghal O’Breaslain, mundanely known as Zac Gallo.

Ardghal started in the SCA here in the Debatable Lands in the College of Cour d’Or several years ago, joining our Rapier ranks. He had moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, with his Lady, and was active in the Shire there as one of the founding members, and was their Rapier Marshal. He still visited his teachers and friends here, when he came to visit the Debatable Lands, and held us in his heart.

He will be sorely missed, a life cut short. Our hearts go out to his lady, Katharine, his family, friends, and the Shire of Ardanroe in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. May they find peace in their hearts.

Inquires as to final arrangements may be sent to our Seneschal, THL Muirgheal (seneschale@debatablelands.org)

In Gravitate et Caritate,
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda

Online Sewing Thurs Sept 3 – 7:30

There will be online sewing this Thursday, September 3rd at 7:30 on the kingdom zoom. There is no agenda and you don’t need to sew. Knitting, braiding, other fiber arts are all welcome. It ain’t necessarily sew! For zoom information or if you would like to teach contact sewing at debatablelands dot org.

Woodworking

This guild and its blog account have been pretty idle for the last six months, and I regret that. There have been obvious obstacles to guild activity, and the reason I have not posted much here is because I don’t want the blog to be about me and my work. There are other blogs and woodworkers to post about, though.

One of those woodworkers was Chris Hall. Chris passed away this Spring following a battle with cancer, but his spouse has been trying to keep his blog alive as a part of his legacy. This week she posted a guest post from one of Chris’s good friends and erstwhile students. This is the first part of a longer story by a woodworker in Spain who has dedicated himself to Japanese woodworking.

In particular, his interest in Japanese planes and planemakers is great to read about, and his outlook on woodworking gives me something to consider in my own work. I hope you enjoy reading along when future installments are posted.

Membership Renewals

Greetings Beloved Barony!

At this time the SCA Corporate Offices have noted a sharp decline in memberships as many expiring members have chosen not to renew. This is putting financial hardships on the SCA Office and Officers. We understand that this may be due to personal financial hardships, as we know that many of you have lost jobs, or seen reductions in your incomes due to the current world wide COVID Crisis. We seek to ease some of that burden.

Several local members have contacted The Baron and Baroness that they wish to donate money anonymously to help local members renew their memberships. If money is tight and you need a hand, or even if you just have lapsed or will soon and was putting off renewing until events resume, we have people who are interested in helping in these uncertain times. Their Majesties, as well, have received many offers to sponsor memberships.

Her Excellency and I are interested in coordinating between those who have offered support and any who would be interested in the help. So please if you are interested in a free membership renewal please contact me so that we can coordinate gift memberships.

baron at debatablelands.org

Also if you are interested in donating personally to the SCA, and have Amazon Prime, you can set up a donation to the SCA through your Amazon account.  Go to Smile.Amazon.com and use your regular Amazon Login go to You account and in Other Programs you can designate your charity – Society for Creative Anachronism Inc.  You will need to do your shopping on Smile.Amazon in order to generate charitable gifts, but this is another easy way to help out our wonderful organization.

Cheers,
Baron Brandubh

Online Sewing – Thurs Aug 20, 7:30

The next online sewing is this Thursday August 20 at 7:30 in Aethelmearc zoom room. There is no agenda. Just join us and sew or knit or braid or just show us what you already made. If you want the zoom connect information, please email sewing at debatablelands dot org. If you would like to teach a class email me with that information and your availability.