Announcing Frith Forge 2020

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Frith Forge 2020 will now be held on Zoom.  August 15th 11:00am-10:00pm Eastern Time and  August 16th from 11:00am-5:30pm Eastern Time. Registration is required and free. Donations accepted.

Frith Forge is an international conference by and for inclusive Heathen (i.e. Germanic and Norse pagan traditions) organizations, kindreds, and individuals! The broader inclusive pagan communities and interfaith allies are welcome to participate as well.

This second edition of Frith Forge, hosted via Zoom this year due to Covid-19, provides the space and time in our otherwise crowded agendas to build alliances, understanding, and friendships among us on an international, regional and local level. It's a unique opportunity to discuss inclusivity in religion and to promote cultural, religious, and educational exchange. Let’s learn from each other, to forge frith among us.

During this event participants can enjoy lectures, group discussions, workshops and ritual with fellow heathens from around the world! 

Frith Forge 2020 will focus on the following 4 themes: 
1) What is Frith Forge? Why are we inclusive? 2) Political Heathenry. Why are we political? 3) International Heathenry. What does that mean for us? 4) Heathen Theology, and Interfaith.

The Facebook event page for Frith Forge can be found here. Social media hashtags are #FrithForge and #InclusiveHeathenry.

Registration closes Friday August 14th at 7am Eastern Time. Zoom links and passwords will be given out to by email to those who register on Friday after registration closes. 

Location

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Speakers

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Ann Sheffield (“Gróa”) has been a practicing Heathen since the 1990’s and is the author of two books, _Frey, God of the World_ and _Long Branches: Runes of the Younger Futhark_. Gróa has taught at multiple Heathen and Pagan venues including ConVocation, Sirius Rising, Trothmoot and the East Coast Thing. She also presents her academic work at conferences such as the Leeds International Medieval Congress and has taught Viking-Age and early English history at the collegiate level. Gróa holds an MA in Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry.

 

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Lauren Crow is the Public Relations Director for the Troth. For 10 years, she worked in news and broadcasting in almost every role from on-air talent to overnight technician. Her career then moved into marketing and search engine optimization, where she worked with several Fortune 500 companies in delivering effective targeting marketing. She is the former co-host of Heathen Talk, SHEathenry, and technical director for the Heathen Talk Network. She co-founded Black Bear Kindred of Central Arkansas in 2003 where she has served as She Who Must Be Obeyed since the founding. In addition to her

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Barbara Jane Davy is a member of Vindisir Kindred, and author of Introduction to Pagan Studies, Paganism: Critical Concepts in Religion, and several articles in Pagan and Heathen Studies, nature religion, and environmental ethics. She has a PhD in religion, and will soon have another in environment, resources and sustainability.
 

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Gunna Einarsdottir is a practicing Heathen for more than 35 years. Her focus is on the gods and goddesses of the Low Countries. An Elder member of the Negen Werelden in the Netherlands. She researches and presents workshops on a variety of topics ranging from practical seidh to historical crafts. She is also a Listorian in daily life. (Living Historian in Museums and on historical events).

 

 

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Verin für Germanisches Heidentum e.V (VfGH), Eldaring, and The Troth


Germany


I 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

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Edgar is a member of Ulfey Clan from Allthing Mexico, at Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México. Since 2016, their focus has been on building a strong base of knowledge to grow and share with the emerging heathen movement in México. His more recent effort lies in translating the Younger Edda from English to Spanish (In- progress). Facebook link to: Gylfaginning - First 


Part (Spanish). He’s also a member of “Orgullo de ser” (Pride Edgar of being), an LGBT+ organization dedicated to support students from a local university in cases of discrimination or harassment. Other activities that he enjoys are

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Austin “Auz” Lawrence is a doctoral researcher at Ontario Tech University studying right wing violent extremism and its intersections with Germanic neo-paganism. Auz is undertaking this work with the support of his employer, Public Safety Canada. Auz’s career has been spent as a criminologist working for the federal government and has researched in many areas, including; hate crimes; law enforcement; organized crime; and much more. Auz is a leader in the Canadian Pagan community, a Steward of Raven’s Knoll, and an inclusive goði with 12 years of oathed-community service, who has ties to the

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Amanda Leigh-Hawkins is The Troth’s International Relations and Exchange Program Coordinator. She is also the Frith Forge event coordinator, The Troth’s Volunteer Coordinator, International Steward, and Steward for the northern New England area of the US. 

 

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Robert Lewis is the current webmaster for the Troth.  He is also the founder of, and current President of the Ring of *Ghosti-, the religion of hospitality.  He has been involved in Neo-Paganism for over 20 years and has been called to the Germanic deities for just as long.  His current interest is to build relationships with the Heathens in Europe and around the world and work towards promoting inclusive Heathenry and stamping out the white supremacy and racism masked as our religion.

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Been an active heathen and member of Forn Sidr Sweden since 2001 and have the function of godi and international relations for the organisation. He is also a seidhr practitioner and has a long working relationship with the runes. Furthermore he is a coach and hypnosis therapist in the field of NLP and is driven to deepen spiritual embodiment.


He says:


- For me as a pale skinned heterosexual middle aged man who is seldom prejudice against.  I hardly ever have issue directly with being bigoted against. Thereby it is really important for me to have an open heart to the experiences others

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Diana L. Paxson has been a member of the Troth since 1992. Diana is a Troth Elder who has served on the High Rede and as Steerswoman and continues to serve the Troth as Coordinator of the Troth Clergy Training Program and editor of our journal, IDUNNA. She leads Hrafnar kindred in Berkeley, California. Diana is also well-known as a teacher and author. Of her many short stories and novels, BRISINGAMEN, THE WODAN’S CHILDREN trilogy, and THE BOOK OF THE SPEAR are of particular interest to Heathens. Her non- fiction books include TAKING UP THE RUNES, TRANCE-PORTATION, THE WAY OF THE

ORACLE

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Jade Pichette (they/them) is an inclusion, diversity and belonging educator with a background in social work based in Tkaranto/Toronto. They are one of the founders and Gythias of Vindisir Kindred based in Southwestern Ontario, as well as a member of the Raven’s Knoll community. Jade was one of the founders of #HavamalWitches an international Heathen movement against sexism, and the Canadian Pagan Declaration on Intolerance. Jade works as the manager of programs of Pride at Work Canada where they work with over 150 large employers to create a world where gender and sexual diversity are

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John has been active for the past 35 years in Asatru, and is particularly interested in the early history of north-western Europe as it relates to Heathenry. Another of his pet interests is the philosophical tents of our faith.
 

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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

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Esteban Sevilla, current Gothi and President of the Yggdrasil Ásatrú Association of Costa Rica.
 

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Ethan Stark is an administrator of and the Public Relations Officer for Heathens Against Hate. Through his work he has advocated for better understanding about Heathenry through interviews, began communication with national organizations such as the SPLC, and has helped write and lectured on Heathen extremism. Additionally, he is the co-host of NYC Heathens, as well as co-founder and goði of the North River Kindred; where he has facilitated educational lore-chats and has led public and private rituals while representing Heathenry and the Troth.

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His published research focuses on Raven's Knoll as a site on which reconstructed traditions and contemporary cultural creation are blended by the available material realities. He has considered sacred, ritual, and social sites that include Heathen specific shrines such as the Æsir Vé and Jotúnn Vé, but also included pan-pagan shrines and non-religious sites that still contribute to how the individuals come together in community. In his ongoing research he is hoping to expand in scope to include the different forms Heathen community organization takes and how the continuing project of building

Sessions

Affecting Traditions at Raven’s Knoll

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Tradition remains a broadly misused term that is mobilized against innovation in favour of pre-existing social and religious communities, organizations, and hierarchies across much of North American and European society, especially throughout the cultural upheavals of Modernism in the 20th century. Heathenry, as practiced at Raven’s Knoll, presents a distinct challenge to this definition through the development of traditions rather than the reified Tradition. The opening of my presentation will establish this definitional distinction between traditions and Tradition, the former being 

Heathen Ethics, Then - And Now?

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Before the conversion to Christianity, Heathen understandings of “right” and “wrong” were negotiated, lived out, and passed down in societies that were profoundly different from our own. These cultural differences can create confusion and misunderstanding when modern Heathens look to “the lore” for ethical guidance. This session will start with an overview of how ethical thinking in Western Europe has changed over time and how that has created unconscious assumptions that many of us carry. Panelists will then offer some thoughts about how we can usefully think about developing an ethical

Heathen History Podcast Live: A History of Heathenry in Costa Rica and South America.

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Join us for a live taping of the Heathen History Podcast where we will be interviewing Esteban Sevilla about the growth of Heathenry in Costa Rica and South America!

The Heathen History podcast is a biweekly podcast that explores the history of the modern Heathen movement. This entertaining show is a mix of history, parody songs, and really bad puns. For more, visit HeathenHistory.com
 

Hosts: Lauren Crow and Ben Waggoner

How might The Troth best support inclusive Heathens in the Asia-Pacific region?

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Robert Schreiwer, Steer of The Troth, will lead a discussion group regarding “How may The Troth, as the oldest inclusive Heathen organization best serve Inclusive Heathens in the Asia-Pacific region”. Amanda Leigh-Hawkins, The Troth’s International Relations and Exchange Program (IREP) Coordinator will also be present to help answer questions and offer support.


We want to better understand the state of Heathenry in the region. The Christchurch massacre shocked a great many Heathens, and it's important that inclusive Heathens understand what is going on globally, even while mostly acting

Immanentize Ragnarök: Historical and Theological Notes on White Racialist Heathenry

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Auz will provide an overview of the roots of white racialist Heathenry in North America, focusing on the strands of white racial activism woven through the formative thinking of influential figures in the folkish Ásatrú, Odinist, and Wotanist communities. This history will serve as the basis for an analysis of the theological positions and identity narratives motivating white racialist Heathens, in order to contrast them with those of inclusive Heathens.

Inclusive Heathenry around the World

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Jade Pichette (Panel Moderator) - Vindisir Kindred based in Ontario Canada, as well as a member of the Raven’s Knoll community. (They/Them)


Inclusive Heathens are trying to create a space in an increasingly polarized world so that all who wish to practice Heathenry. In particular this requires addressing racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism in our communities. Bringing inclusive Heathen leaders together from different parts of the world this panel discussion will look at how inclusive Heathens are putting inclusivity into practice. The discussion will look at the differences

Latin American Heathenry: Spiritual and social differences, approaches towards diversity and solutions.

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Latin America is a region where Heathenry has gained an impressive amount of popularity in recent years, but Latin Americans face many problems attempting to engage the practice, such as language barriers, weather differences, bigotry and availability for outdoor ritual spaces. In this presentation we will cover how Latin Americans practice Heathenry in an ethnically diverse but mostly conservative society.


Subjects:


 Latin American Heathery differences


1. How it came to be 2.Organizational differences 3. Ritualistic differences


Costa Rica’s heathenry:


1. How we adapt to our

Opening Session

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This introductory session will provide an overview of what Frith Forge is about and why we are inclusive

 

Raven's Knoll of Canada

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Raven's Knoll  is a unique Heathen owned campground and event centre located in Eganville Ontario Canada. It is also home to the region's inclusive Heathen community. This site was intended to be the location for Frith Forge 2020 until Covid-19 hit. We hope to host the next in-person Frith Forge there when it is safe to do so. Auz Lawrence will provide and overview of the history of Raven's Knoll and the community it supports. 

The Origin of Folkish Heathenry, Extremist Appropriation, and the Ways to Overcome

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Fundamentalism and extremism exist in every religion, and today we are aware of the common divide that exists in Heathenry between Folkish and Inclusive practice. This lecture will illustrate the origin and development of Folkish Heathen ideology, appropriation by external extremist groups, and some of the ways in which we can create a safe and inclusive environment for worship, practice, and community.

 

Why can’t ‘Forn Siðr‘ be ‘Nyr Siðr’?

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Heathenry today is often called “following the old ways”. Heathens generally tend to look back to antique times 1000 years ago or more. While the lore is certainly inspiring and it also may be considered good to rely on solid academic historical knowledge, today’s heathens are living now. They also have to face today’s political, societal and environmental problems and crises.


At the same time, there is a widely notable tendency to divide up in sub-groups. Instead of striving for harmonizing and unifying common practices and structures, even tiny diversities are valued as important

Wyrd Relations: Relational Ontology and the Gift Ethic

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Practices of making offerings and giving gifts and toasts at sumbel in contemporary Canadian Heathen practice enact a relational ontology, or way of being, and create a gift ethic that sustains a distributed network of social ecological relations that Heathens understand as the web of wyrd. While “wyrd” is often translated as “fate” Heathens understand it as the bonds that sustain us, and through which we sustain the world in gifting relations. The Heathen gifting rituals of sumbel and making offerings illuminate the origins of ethical sensibility, the basic motivation of ethical behaviour. We

Rituals

Closing ritual: Frith to take

Ritual Lead

Robert Lewis will lead us through a closing ritual based on the Frith to Take ritual held during the first Frith Forge in 2017. 

Please bring your candle that you used at the opening ritual. You may also desire to have a beverage of your choice to use during the ritual.

Frith Forge Opening Ritual

Ritual Lead

Drawing from the rituals that were created for the first Frith Forge in Germany in 2017, Rob Lewis will lead us through this virtual opening ritual. If you participated in the 2017 event and still have that candle, please bring that to this ritual.  Please also bring a new candle with you that will be lit during the ritual and will represent your connection to the international inclusive Heathen network we are co-creating. You may also desire to have a beverage of your choice to use during the ritual.

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