Announcing Frith Forge 2017

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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.

 

Location

Hotel Location
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KiEZ Inselparadies Petzow
Zum Inselparadies 9-12
14542 Werder/Petzow
Germany

Speakers

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The Troth, The Tribe of Thor Hof


Ireland


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 who was

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The Troth, Distelfink Sippschaft


USA


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

Sessions

A Better Burden: Towards a New Ásatrú Theology

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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

ADF and Heathenry

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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.

Alliance for Inclusive Heathenry

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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.

Ancestor worship- Is it relevant for 21st century Asatru

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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

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Asatru EU (and IASC) presentation by Haimo Grebenstein.

Asatru Iberica

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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.  

Asatru Schweiz

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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 in

Asatru UK

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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 of those like-minded individuals who follow the old northern

Balancing on the Rainbow Bridge: How do we reconcile ethnic pride, inclusive ideals, and Heathen tradition?

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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 exploration

Connecting to the ancestors and gods through re-enactment

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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

De 9 Werelden

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De 9 Werelden  organization presentation by John Potts


De Negen Werelden is a Dutch asatru association with full legal rights, founded in 2007, aiming to provide a safe haven for asatruar and to those who are interested in asatru.

We are a slowly growing group of enthusiastic heathens from various horizons. We celebrate blots and sumbles, organize meetings and activities around special topics and conduct research on asatru related subjects. In these and other ways we give a modern interpretation of this living faith with ancient roots. A contemporary, everyday asatru that fits with

Eldaring

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Eldaring organization presentation by Ulrike Pohl

Forn Sed Sweden

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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 live in Forn Sed today and continue to develop forn sed as a spiritual

Frija

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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 how

Introduction to Urglaawe

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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

Nordisk Tingsfællig

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Nordisk Tingsfællig  organization presentation by Todd Chambers


Nordisk Tingsfællig was founded in 2010 by a few individuals believing that there was a need for an alternative to the larger Danish organisation, Forn Siðr. In general NTF tends to be more of a reconstructionist organisation, but not strictly so. We are a diverse group of individuals spread over Denmark with a reverence of the pre-Christian beliefs of the Nordic people in common.


The main purpose of the Nordic Tingsfællig is To support the cult of the pre-Christian Nordic mythological entities, Regin, for people who believe

Nȳ siðr – not forn siðr

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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 Norse

Opening Talk

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“Opening talk” by Frith Forge hosts Robert L. Schreiwer, Amanda Leigh-Hawkins, and Haimo Grebenstein

Paganes Leben Berlin – Pagane Wege und Gemeinschaften

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Pagane Wege und Gemeinschaften" is a network of Berlin groups from PFI, Eldaring, VfGH, REclaiming, a witch coven, Asahood, Heidnische Gemeinschaft, OTO.

Round Table Discussion: How laws impact/limit advancement of Heathenry in different countries.

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Round Table Discussion: How laws impact/limit advancement of Heathenry in different countries. Hosted by Robert L. Schreiwer, and Haimo Grebenstein.

Round Table Discussion: Labels and terminology: What it means to be Asatru and/or Heathen around the world.

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Round Table Discussion: Labels and terminology: What it means to be Asatru and/or Heathen around the world. Hosted by Robert L. Schreiwer, Haimo Grebenstein, and Robb Lewis.

Round Table: Frith, Hospitality, and inclusion

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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 will also bring

Staving off Ragnarok: A Heathen response to Climate Change

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The idea that the earth has had many epochs is shared by a number of cultures and is supported by geology; however, geologic ages are usually millions of years long. Today, Climate Change threatens to upset the balance between the productive and destructive forces and bring on Ragnarök before its time. I believe that heathen tradition offers a mythology and values that can help us both to conceptualize this struggle and to organize to fight the forces that would destroy our world. By Diana Paxson

The Role of Women in Traditional Religions

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The Role of Women in Traditional Religions by Melodi Grundy


This talk will highlight the various roles that women had (or are speculated to have had) from the Stone Age until the early years of the Christianity, along with some Norse/Germanic specific information. The main focus will be on European and some Middle Eastern religions; the idea is to provide an overview of how women (and men’s) roles in traditional religious practices tend to change along when both technology and the tasks of daily life also change. While not intended to be a comprehensive history of women in traditional

The Troth

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The Troth is an international Heathen organization based in the United States that serves individuals and groups practicing a variety of Heathen traditions. We share a loyalty to the gods and goddesses of Northern Europe, our ancestors, and the spirits of the earth around us, and are committed to welcoming all people, whatever their religious, cultural or ancestral background, physical ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation, who share these ideals. The Troth holds an annual meeting, supports special projects, publishes translations and other books of interest to Heathens , and a

VfGH

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Verein für Germanisches Heidentum e.V (VfGH) organization presentation by Haimo Grebenstein

VfGH (“Association for Germanic Heathenry“) was founded in 1995 under the name “Odinic Rite Deutschland” by nine persons. The name was changed unanimously in 2006. The group has had around 80 members from the German-speaking countries for the last 10 years. It has been active in the Asatru-EU group from the start and hosted IASC 2012 along with Eldaring and Het Rad.

Workshop: Discuss and prepare "Action Plans"

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Workshop to discuss and prepare “Action Plans” for all of us to take home to work on upon reflection of what we have learned and discussed at Frith Forge. Hosted by Robert L. Schreiwer, Haimo Grebenstein, and Amanda Leigh-Hawkins.

Åsatrufellesskapet Bifrost of Norway

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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 about. We have from the start made a strong anti

Rituals

"Frith to Take" Ritual led by Haimo Grebenstein

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!

Closing ritual

Closing ritual for the conference, and wishes of safe travel to our homes.

Hollesege (blót to Holle)

Hollesege (blót to Holle) in the Urglaawe Rite led by Robert L. Schreiwer

Opening Ritual

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: Remembering and celebrating the ancestors

Ritual: Remembering and celebrating the ancestors by John Potts and Gunna Einarsdottir

Tyr Blót/Ziusege

Tyr Blót/Ziusege led by The Troth.

We will call upon Tyr to help us to create and to hold the peace among the participants at Frith Forge.

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