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 in each region as well as where inclusive Heathens have commonalities that can lead to further bridges to combat prejudice, bias and discrimination both inside and outside Heathen communities.

Diana Paxson- The Troth. USA. (She/her) 

Ancestry, Affinity, and Affiliation: paths to an Inclusive Heathen Identity

In this year of Identity Politics, many of us are wrestling with the question of how our genetic identity relates to our spiritual identity, searching for a path that will avoid the pitfalls of ethnic chauvinism, on the one hand, and misappropriation on the other. A community, and the identity that allows one to become part of it, are basic human needs. Unfortunately many Heathen groups derive Heathen Identity from ancestry, but an examination of the ways in which communities integrate new members can give us a new perspective. As children of our contemporary culture, whatever our background, we all have to learn how to be heathen. I believe that this process of re-invention offers a model for implementing inclusive Heathenry.

 

Gunna Einarsdottir- Negen Werelden of the Netherlands. (She/her)

How difficult is defining inclusivity within your own group/kindred/coven? When is one inclusive? Is stating that your group is, enough, or do you actually need to 'prove' you are inclusive. Underlying question is: "Are we a patriarchal, white religion?"

Per Lundberg- Forn Sidr Sweden (He/his)

Who are we if we are not inclusive? Do we take inclusivity for granted? What does it say about us as individuals, as organisations? A time of courageously asking questions to  dive into the forbidden realms of ethics to expand and self-explore. In this we invite the loving touch of Frigg and the expanding curiosity of Odin. The goddess Syn - of borders is also invited to have the power to disagree and still be in friendly frith with each other. A discussion about the inclusive identity and what it means in the core of us. Intention is not to come with solutions but to explore the heart of the matter. 

Edgar Muela Gómez- Ulfey Clan of Allthing Ásatrú México   (He/his)

Skill Not Skin is the name for a long-term philosophy we are committed to apply and teach in our clans. It focuses on valuing an individual based on their will, abilities, and commitment to learn and practice this tradition we follow (without fixation on their skin color, sexual preferences or any other identity feature).