Robert L. Schreiwer
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 2008-2009, and he is currently working on other language advancement projects. He is the current Steer (President and CEO) for the Troth, an Elder in The Troth’s In-Reach Heathen Prison Services program, and the Troth Steward for Pennsylvania.
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 Amherst. She enjoys homesteading activities, arts and crafts, organic gardening, dance, music, studying all things Heathenry/Asatru, and spending lots of time with her daughter and husband. She identifies as a Druidic-Asatru-Witch and Animist. She is also a member of Ár nDraíocht Féin, Pagan Federation International, Earth Spirit community, and Oak Hearth Fellowship of New England USA.
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 Mythbuster. I try to challenge some archaeological fantasies that seem to be so enticing to some heathens, and I do try to write an article for each number of Idunna, the magazine of The Troth.
My family and I live in a small house out in the countryside. I have a wife, Stine, and two children Sif aged 12 and Ask aged 10. Beside doing many things with my family I’m a scout leader, the founder of the Tolkien Society of Copenhagen and sail Viking long ships when I have the time. I have also been active in party politics and environmental groups.
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 coordinator” in VfGH.
Internationally, I was involved in Asatru-EU from the start and was involved in the organization of IASCs 2009 and 2012 and now in organization of Frith Forge. Besides heathen matters, I am a political and peace activist of many years. Of course, I cannot completely separate both topics and one of my main intentions has always been to care for democratic structures and practices in heathen organizations.
Regarding religious matters, I have always been a proponent of “Re-Invention” in today’s heathenry. I understand this as building contemporary heathen practices and world-view, of course based on historical facts and myths, but not captured in a backward-oriented trap.
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, including a trilogy on the Siegfried legend. She is a regular speaker and teacher at pagan conferences.
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 met Eldaring people for the time in 2003. I have been a member since then, serving in the ER board three times for two years each, and participating in ER events and discussions. I also participated at the IASC in 2012 and 2015. I am now serving in the Eldaring in an advisory capacity with foreign contacts.
I proudly call myself a continental Germanic heathen, and I offer reverently to all of the continental deities, but most often and with all my heart to Frija, beloved goddess of so many tribes under many names, throughout the centuries. Moreover, to the Mothers of my land and my people, the Matronae, who are still present and waiting for those living on the land to come and receive advice and blessings. I offer to the landwights of my ancestral home country whenever I am there, and to those of the place where I live now and which my children call home.
Until we moved to the Stuttgart area in the Svabian south-west of Germany, where our family was completed by our son, and we settled down in a little house at the village fringe. I work in a bookshop selling kid’s books, and when I am home, I look after my kids.
Rev. Robert Lewis
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.
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 main path is Celtic, living on the land of the Germanic Chatti, a Germanic dash comes naturally into her practice as well.
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.
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.
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 Interfaith Dialogue and served on the Spiritual Life Council. He holds degrees in literature and music from University of California at San Diego, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and University of Texas at Austin. He studied literature and art history at Loyola University Chicago Rome Center in Italy and has taken Icelandic language courses through University of Iceland.
Karl's website, The Norse Mythology Blog, was named the world's Best Religion Weblog in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In addition to original articles and interviews, the site features projects such as the Worldwide Heathen Census 2013. Karl is also a featured columnist for The Wild Hunt, the primary international source for news and commentary relating to minority religions.
Karl’s writing on myth and religion has been broadcast on the BBC and published in Herdfeuer, Iceland Magazine, Interfaith Ramadan, Joseph Campbell Foundation’s MythNow, On Religion, Religion and Ethics, and Reykjavík Grapevine. He has been interviewed by the ABC, BBC, Chronicle of Higher Education, Daily Beast, History Channel, Inverse, OnFaith, Public Radio International's The World, Raven Radio, and Viking Magazine. He has been a featured lecturer at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Wagner Society of America, and Wheaton College.
Karl is the author of all definitions relating to Ásatrú in the Religion Newswriters Association’s Religion Stylebook, co-author of the Heathen Resource Guide for Chaplains written for the U.S. Department of Defense, writer of the first piece by a practitioner of Ásatrú to be published in Sightings of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School, and editor of The Illustrated Hávamál.
Karl’s articles on magic and power in Sansksrit texts and on a Lokasenna analogue in the Mahābhārata were published in Journal of the Oriental Institute, the peer-reviewed academic publication of MSU of Baroda (India). Forthcoming academic publications include “Children of Heimdall: Ásatrú Ideas of Ancestry” in Revisionism and Diversification in New Religious Movements, Vol. 2 (Ashgate Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements, Routledge) and “Ásatrú and Hindu: From Prophecy to Dialogue” in Holy Envy: Learning from Traditions Other and Our Own (Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, publisher TBA). Karl will also edit The Illustrated Völuspá, to be released in 2018.
Karl serves as goði of Thor’s Oak Kindred, an inclusive organization dedicated to the practice of the Ásatrú religion in Chicago. The group is a member of the Troth Kindred Program and provides local and regional representation for the Troth.