An international conference among inclusive Asatru/Heathen organizations and individuals!
Frith Forge is the space and time on an international level to build alliances, understanding, and friendships among us instead of compartmentalizing further in an industrialized world. Let's learn from each other with respect and fellowship to forge frith among us. Together we can enjoy this opportunity to discuss inclusion in religion and to promote cultural, religious, and educational exchange.
Each organization that will be represented at this conference will have featured presentation time. All attendees are invited to submit paper summaries of presentations they would like to give to IREP@thetroth.org. We encourage vendors/organizations to set up a table. There will be time for lectures, group discussion, workshops, ritual, and more!
Early arrivals may join us for unstructured meet and greet time starting October 5th. The conference will officially start at 1pm on October 6th, and end by 11am on October 8th.
What would you like out of this conference? Let us know so we can work together to make it happen! Join and share our public Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/397322450646795
Sacred Sites Tour of Germany
October 8-14, 2017
Immediately following Frith Forge will be a Sacred Sites tour of Germany. The two are not dependent on one another, so folks may attend one, the other, or both. If interested please register today! Go to www.sacred-sites-2017.de for details and tour registration.
Ritual led by Haimo Grebenstein
The main topic of the ritual will be to extend the idea of “Frith to take” on a spiritual and religious level.
For this ritual: please bring your own horn or cup!
This paper makes the case for a new direction in Ásatrú theology. After making a clear distinction between dogma and theology, a succinct review will be made of various recent approaches to writing on theological issues within the cluster of modern Heathen religions. The paper will then suggest a new path forward that avoids some pitfalls that have arisen in work that strongly focuses on secular scholarship and the desire to return to a putative ancient worldview. A turn will be made to the concept of public theology, to the idea that there is a “growing need for theology to interact with...more
Ár nDraíocht Féin, or ADF, is an international Druid organization with the focus on Indo-European (IE) scholarship and re-creating worship of the various gods within the cultural contexts of the IE language cultures. Founded in 1983 as a primarily Celtic focused organization, it has grown to include a large number of members who practice some form of Heathenry. In this session, we will be discussing some history of ADF, how Heathenry is practiced within ADF, and how this varies in our religious organization throughout the world.
The Alliance for Inclusive Heathenry was formed in 2015 to host a Heathen Information Booth at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City. Since then, its Facebook site has served as a forum for discussion of ways to include people of all backgrounds in heathenry, and its banner has made an opposing statement at alt-right rallies. Presentation by Diana Paxson.
For many heathens honoring the ancestors is an important aspect of modern heathenry. What role did ancestor worship play in the past? In this talk, we will examine the historical facts, briefly explore the influence of 19th century romantic ideas, and look into modern interpretations of ancestor worship in Asatru. Presentation by John Potts and Gunna Einarsdottir
Asatru EU (and IASC) presentation by Haimo Grebenstein.
Ásatrú Ibérica organization presentation by Nathalie Cue Gomez
Ásatrú Ibérica was founded from the formal Forn Sidr Ibérica after the failed attempt to legalize the group as religious community. After long time with only internet presence Ásatrú Ibérica has now done a next step with the state recognition of cultural association and now working on a program centered in organizing meetings and gatherings for persons interested in Ásatrú.
Founded in 2009 as a loosely organized group and reorganized as a Verein in 2015. Asatru Schweiz is a growing, heathen faith-based community of, currently, 30 Asatru from all over the German-speaking part of Switzerland. We are modern people, who exercise respect and tolerance in allowing each other the freedom to adapt our beliefs to the modern era and our personal views and only exclude right-wing extremists. We strive for good relations with other heathen groups for both solidarity and cooperation. We are currently working toward becoming involved in interfaith awareness-raising events...more
Asatru UK organization presentation by Rich Blackett.
Asatru UK, is a UK wide Asatru community, run by a small group of people, from all over England. Started on facebook, it soon grew, and grew until the first moot was organised in York, in March 2013. The people who attended became the driving force behind Asatru UK, and formed the KIN, the organisational body behind the group. Since then, Asatru UK has launched forward to organising moots around the country, three times a year.
Asatru U.K's aim is to create a community...more
Åsatrufellesskapet Bifrost is a recognized religious organization in Norway with 380 members from all over Norway. The organization was founded in 1996, and have of today 10 geographically spread Blot Groups. We have the authorisation to perform juridical weddings, both for straight and same-sex couples; we have a designated burial area at a churchyard in Oslo. By the time this text is published, we are hopeful real estate owners of a huge house, a campsite in the deep Trysil Forests in Norway that I will be delighted to tell you a lot...more
People may be drawn to Heathen faith for many reasons. Some like Heathen values, others are called by one or another of our goddesses or gods. But for many, the fact that this was the religion of one’s ancestors has a major appeal. This can be a problem when one also believes that our religion should be open to anyone, of whatever background, who feels its call. Unfortunately, for some, ancestry is the primary reason for being Heathen, and pride can all too easily lead to a belief in superiority.
How can we reconcile inclusion with ethnic pride? Can we find guidance in a deeper...more
Kim and his family’s experiences in “re-enactment” and some comments about the religious experiences such as 3 times (2 whole weeks and a weekend) spent in 19th century houses in Land of Legends in Lejre. 1 week in Iron-age houses in Land of Legends in Lejre. His experiences also include several times as a volunteer at the Viking market at Land of Legends in Lejre. 20 years of long ship sailing from the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, which include some trips with The Sea Stallion of Glendalough one of them from Dublin and around the English south coast and one from Roskilde to Norway. The...more
Amanda T. Leigh-Hawkins is the Program Coordinator for The Troth's International Relations and Exchange Program. She is also a member of The Troth’s High Rede (Board of Directors), and the Officer Liaison. Amanda lives in Massachusetts USA with her husband and daughter.
Amanda is an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, sustainability, civil rights, human rights, animal rights, religious freedom, and the environment. Her background also includes a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration from The University of Massachusetts... more
The Troth, Alliance for Inclusive Heathenry
Diana L. Paxson is an Elder in the Troth, former Redeswoman, gythja of Hrafnar Kindred, and a founder of the Alliance for Inclusive Heathenry. She coordinates the Troth Clergy training program and edits its journal, Idunna Her books include Essential Asatru, Taking up the Runes, Trance-Portation, The Way of the Oracle, The Essential Guide to Possession, Depossession and Divine Relationships, and Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, and Norse Magic. She is also the author of many short stories and novels,... more
Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF)
Rev. Ellie Lazzaro has been travelling on Pagan Paths since her early teenage years and joined ADF in 2010. She received her credentials as ADF Priest in 2017 and was ordained in June as the first ADF Priest in Europe. Additionally, she is the Grove Organizer of an ADF Protogrove in Germany and serves the community as the Regional Druid for Europe. She has a university degree in Psychology, works as a Therapist and recently moved to Paris, France for an international assignment. She is a member of ADF, PFI Germany and an OBOD Ovate. While her... more
Gunna has been a practicing Heathen for the last 30 years; her focus is on the gods and goddesses of the Low Countries. Together with John Potts they research and present workshops on a variety of topics ranging from seidh to historical crafts.
Verin für Germanisches Heidentum e.V (VfGH), Eldaring, and The Troth
I am 58, live in northern Bavaria, am married and work as an IT freelancer. I got into Germanic heathenry in 2002, then joined VfGH and Eldaring in early 2004. Since 2016, I have been a member of the Troth as well.
I was elected to the board of VfGH, first as a treasurer, in 2004 as well. I have served as Esago/chairman in VfGH from 2006 to 2010, again from 2012 to 2013 and was re-elected in 2017. From 2014 to 2017, I held the office of Ewart, which is the “religious... more
John has been active for more than 30 years in asatru, and is particularly interested in the early history of north-western Europe as it relates to heathenry. Together with Gunna Einarsdottir research and present workshops on a variety of topics ranging from seidh to historical crafts.
Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried
The Troth, Thor’s Oak Kindred
Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Humanities of the Lewis College of Human Sciences at the Illinois Institute of Technology. As Seminar Faculty at Newberry Library, he teaches literature, mythology, and religion. He has also taught Norse myth and religion at Loyola University and Carthage College. He is the first practitioner of Ásatrú to hold a graduate degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School. While at the university, he was President of... more
I am 32 years old. I grew up in three countries: the USA, Germany and Switzerland, in that order. I then went to college in the USA, where I helped start a student organization for earth spirituality on campus. I later returned to Switzerland in 2010 to get married. My husband is also a heathen, who follows his native Chinese gods. I am studying Chinese Medicine, which combines well with some shamanic healing techniques, as a means to turn energy healing into a career. In 2014, I stumbled across Asatru, joined Asatru Schweiz and became a practicing heathen rather than just someone who uses... more
The Troth, Nordisk Tingfællig
I am 44 years old, and live near Roskilde in Denmark. I’m a history and geography teacher in Highschool and has a candidate degree (like a 2-year Master’s degree) in these two subjects from Roskilde University. I have always had a connection to norse mythology, but I first started to connect to it as a religion in the late nineties. Currently I am a Gothi, Blotlauget for Roskilde and Omegn, a member of The Troth since 2016 (and part of the Lore program). I joined Nordisk Thingfællig last year.
I have a blog: The Heathen... more
The Troth, The Tribe of Thor Hof
Melodi Grundy (aka Sagadis) has been involved in various Pagan groups since the 1980's and was an early member of Harnir in the late 1980's and learned to be a Spa Conna under the leadership of Diana Paxon and others during that time. Since marrying Kveldufr (Stephan Grundy) in 1994, she has primarily focused on Asatru and has degrees in history and anthropology she enjoys looking at the ways culture, craft and worldview influence our religion both in the past and in the present. At University she studied under the late Dr. Shan Winn... more
I’m 52 years old, living in the south of Germany between the French and Luxembourgian border. After high school moved in 1987 to Spain, worked there in administration and tourist board. In 2013 moved back to Germany and since then working in costumer service. Mother of 2 yet grown up sons.
Active in heathenry since 2008, first with Spanish Gotland Forn Sed group and then in the board of Forn Sidr Ibérica which converted in Ásatrú Ibérica in 2011 and still international spokesman for this association.... more
Patricia (Lady) Asunja was born, raised and educated in Heidelberg, Germany. Then she moved to Southern California and lived there for over 25 years. She was very active in the local Heathen and Pagan community with networking, offering workshops, Blots, meet-ups and was a director of the LA/OC Pagan Pride for several years. In the fall of 2013 she moved back home and now lives in Berlin, where she again works with groups in the Pagan community to offer education, clear up misconceptions and further the rights of Pagans. She also works with the Berlin Forum of Religion, a... more
Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF), The Troth
Reverend Lewis has been a member of ADF since 1999 and a member of the Troth since 2012. With ADF he has served in various leadership roles including being a regional representative and the Secretary of the board of directors. Currently he is the preceptor for the Norse Kin's and the Brewers Guild study programs. He also is serving as a senior priest for his local congregation. Within the Troth, he is active in the Lore program and has had his time mostly consumed by working on the web team as webmaster.
Rich Blackett is the Chair of Asatru UK, the fastest growing Heathen group in the United Kingdom. In his spare time he collects books on airships, pre Christian Nordic religions and Proto Indo European history. He has written pseudonymous steampunk fiction, dialect poetry, and assisted the technicians of experimental music group "The Nothing Machine". He is also a member of the outer circle of administrators for the Folk Horror Revival.
The Troth, Distelfink Sippschaft
Robert L. Schreiwer is a founder of the Heathen denomination of Urglaawe, Ziewer (godsman) of Distelfink Sippschaft, a trained practitioner of the Pennsylvania German healing and magical traditions of Braucherei and Hexerei. Through the Pennsylvania German Heathen Alliance for the Urglaawe and Distelfink Sippschaft, he has been conducting a project to gather oral lore from all regions of Deitsch (Pennsylvania German) settlement. He was an Instructor of Pennsylvania German at Kutztown University in... more
Nordisk Tingsfællig; The Troth
Born in Oklahoma USA in 1971. Raised in California where I lived until about the age of 19. From the age of 19 I started a 4 year adventure of traveling Europe and the Middle east before settling down in Denmark in 1994.
I was well into Wicca during my early teenage years but stopped all spiritual journeys when I left the States and didn't really have any connections to anything of the like until just after my 40th birthday, where I discovered Asatru through numerous hours of podcast... more
I attended Bonn University where I took classes in Regional and Medieval history, English language and literature, and Scandinavian language and literature. Because I found myself in the situation of having to feed a family after I met and married my partner, I got an education as a bookseller (which is a three year school and practical education) and worked in a lovely old bookshop when I was not raising our two daughters.
I was some sort of solitary heathen until the internet happened and I... more
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