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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Forn Sed Sweden organization presentation by Per Lundberg
The organisation Forn Sed Sweden(FSS) was founded in 1994, under the name Swedish Asatro Assembly. (Our new name was ratified in the annual allthing in spring 2010.) Since 2007 are we a registered religious organisation in Sweden.
The FSS aim to make Forn Sed a living spiritual alternative for people in current society. Our purpose is not to recreate an ancient religion the way it might have been a 1000 years ago and we are not engaged in historic theatre. We...more
There is a recurring lament that Continental Heathenry is lacking genuine historical, written and archeological sources, especially about the goddess who is called Frea or Frija. Our sources are few and not as obvious as the sources we have, for example, on Frigg from Old Norse literature. On the other hand, we do not have to do without them. In my presentation, I will give a short review of the sources we have on Frija, and will also take a look on goddesses with other names, as famous as Nerthus and as obscure as Sunuxsal, who we can find throughout all the German regions, and talk about...more
Round table discussion about Frith, Hospitality, and Inclusion in Heathenry/Asatru. We will discuss implicit and explicit bias and how that influences inclusion in Heathenry/Asatru. There will be time to discuss how inclusive groups and individuals handle the challenge of when and how to be (ironically) exclusive of hateful or disrespectful individuals in order to provide a safe, peaceful, and diverse group space or organization. We will address racism, nationalism, sexism, ableism, homophobia and other LGBTQIA+ concerns, and any other form of prejudice in Heathenry/Asatru. We...more
Hollesege (blót to Holle) in the Urglaawe Rite led by Robert L. Schreiwer
The settlers who came from Germanic lands to Pennsylvania beginning in 1683 arrived not as colonists but as refugees. With them came traditions from Switzerland to Silesia, and their languages and traditions came together to form a new identity: the Pennsylvania Germans. Strongly associated with this new identity are the healing and magical practices of Braucherei and Hexerei, and within these practices are vibrant oral traditions related to the old deities, although often masked as "helpful entities" by Christian practitioners. The oral traditions, along with herbalism and other cultural...more
This talk is based on the book Sterbendes Heidentum (Dying heathenry) by Bernhard Streck, a German ethnologist– “Dying heathenry”, not available in English as far as I know.
For Streck, heathenry is polytheism – and nothing else. He calls it nothing less than the first "world religion”. Based on his research he extracts the common principles of polytheism around the globe and throughout the ages.
Starting from this I want to emphasize that it might make more sense to look for inspiration in other polytheistic cultures that still exist or haven’t ceased as ancient Germanic or...more
We ask all participants to bring 2oz of soil (or a rock, water, sea shell) from their homes. The context of the ritual will be the union of the different soils (homes) in a bowl that will be the "center" of the conference permanently. Participants arriving later can add to that bowl.
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!
Ritual: Remembering and celebrating the ancestors by John Potts and Gunna Einarsdottir
Description of Round Table Discussion: How laws impact/limit advancement of Heathenry in different countries.
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