Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Troth Statement Regarding Virginia White Supremacist Arrests

For background:
Wild Hunt article:

"The Troth cannot prevent idiots and creeps from saying they are Heathens, but we can say that idiots and creeps are idiots and creeps. These persons are idiots and creeps, and they are not welcome in our community." - Steven T. Abell, Steersman, The Troth.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

In-Reach Heathen Prison Services Podcast

In-Reach Heathen Prison Services was featured today on the Bits of Heathenry Podcast. Along with the other topics that we addressed, we  discussed some of the varying viewpoints within Heathenry on the worthiness of Heathen prison work.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Videos from the Parliament of the World's Religions

The videos below are of the panel's presentation at the Parliament of the World's Religions on Pagan/Heathen traditions that have their indigenous roots in Europe.

Unfortunately, I was trying to record and to talk at the same time, so the video quality is a bit clumsy, plus the video stopped at least twice, and I lost one of the longer responses to a question. There is an audio recording that was taken, and, if that becomes available, I will post it.

Panel participants from left to right: Robert L. Schreiwer (Urglaawe / Heathenry), Erynn Rowan Laurie (Celtic), Diana Paxson (Asatru / Heathenry), Eli Sheva (Hebrew Polytheism), Kirk Thomas (ADF), Gwendolyn Reece (Hellenic).

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Urglaawe Altar in the Pagan Faith Space

Friday, October 16, 2015

Parliament of the World's Religions Update

The Parliament of the World's Religions has already exceeded my expectations. I have enjoyed seeing the diversity of the religious practices, and I have equally enjoyed seeing others express interest in Heathen practices.

An Urglaawe altar is set up in room 150 F (also accessible through 150 G), and booth with Troth representation is #878 in the exhibit section.

Diana Paxson's solo presentation, Staving off Ragnarok (I will fix the spelling when I get to a better computer!) is Saturday at 10:00 AM. 

I will be representing Urglaawe on the panel presentation titled Rebuilding the Altars: Reconstructing Indigenous Pagan Faiths for Today" on Sunday at 8:15. On this panel will also be Diana Paxson, Kirk Thomas, Erynn Rowan Laurie, Dr. Gwendolyn Reece, and Eli Sheva, each representing a different tradition.

        - Robert L. Schreiwer, Assistant Steer, The Troth

Monday, October 12, 2015

Press Release: Troth Leadership at Parliament of the World's Religions

BRISTOL, PA: In an historic moment for Heathens across the globe, the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, UT, will include two presentations by Heathen leaders. The Parliament runs from October 15 through October 19, 2015

Diana L. Paxson, Elder in the Troth and gythja (leader) of Hrafnar Kindred in California, will lead a panel discussion on "Rebuilding the Altars: Reconstructing Indigenous Pagan Faiths for Today." Accompanying Paxson will be Troth Assistant Steer and Ziewer (godsman) of Pennsylvania-based Distelfink Sippschaft, Robert L. Schreiwer.  Schreiwer says, “This is a significant opportunity for Heathen leaders to engage and to network with leaders of other religions. This event will increase the visibility of Heathenry in the public eye and set a precedent for inclusion in future endeavors.”

Fellow panelists include Erynn Laurie, Elisheva Nesher, Kirk Thomas, and Dr. Gwendolyn Reece. The panel will discuss the distinctions among their traditions and Wicca and the challenge of resurrecting interrupted pagan traditions from the past. 

Paxson will also speak on "Staving off Ragnarök: A Heathen Response to Climate Change." This presentation will focus on the Heathen tradition, offering mythology and values that conceptualize this struggle, work with the powers of nature that sustain us, and fight the forces that would destroy our world.

Lorrie Wood, Assistant Editor of The Troth's journal, "Idunna," will also be in the team's information booth to advance The Troth's presence and to answer questions about the organization and about Heathenry.

The Parliament is the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faiths and traditions. This year’s Parliament will bring together 10,000 Global and religious leaders, grassroots activists, and practitioners from 50 traditions and more than 80 countries.  Its theme, “Reclaiming the Heart of our Humanity,” includes discussions and presentations on topics critical to our times: climate change and creation care; war, violence and hate speech; and economic inequality and wasteful living.  Parliament attendees can visit the Heathen information booth or Urglaawe altar in the Pagan Faiths space for more insight into these traditions. 

For more information on The Troth and Heathenry, please visit To support the Heathen contingency in their work at the Parliament, please visit

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Call for Donation Help: GoFundMe for Heathen Presence at the Parliament of the World's Religions

This year, for the first time, there will be a Heathen presence at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, UT (October 15-19). This is a significant opportunity for Heathen leaders to engage and to network with leaders of other religions. This event will increase the visibility of Heathenry in the public eye and set a precedent for inclusion in future endeavors.

Three Troth leaders, Diana Paxson, Lorrie Wood, and Robert L. Schreiwer, will be participating in the Parliament, so this is also a tremendous opportunity for The Troth.

The Parliament will feature the following Heathen presentations:

"Staving off Ragnarök: A Heathen Response to Climate Change" (Diana Paxson) on Saturday, October 17 at 10:00 AM


"Rebuilding the Altars: Reconstructing Indigenous Pagan Faiths for Today" (Diana Paxson, Robert L. Schreiwer, Erynn Laurie, Elisheva Nesher, Kirk Thomas, and Gwendolyn Reese) on Sunday, October 18 at 8:15 AM.

Additionally, there will be a Heathen information booth (#878) with pamphlets and books for distribution and sale. An Urglaawe altar will be present in a shared Pagan Faiths space somewhere in rooms A-G in sections 150 or 151 (clarifying information will be provided as it becomes available).

All of this costs money, so a GoFundMe effort has been set up to help to defray the participants' costs. If you are unable to donate money, please help by passing along the link.

Thank you!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Heathenry Featured Prominently at Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day

The Third Annual Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day took place in Clark Park in the City of Brotherly of Love on Saturday, September 5, 2015. 

Among the Heathen vendors present at the event were The Troth, Distelfink Sippschaft, A Touch of Glass... and Then Some, A New Vibration, and The Hex Factory

The Troth's Assistant Steer and Pennsylvania Steward, Robert L. Schreiwer, led a discussion on Braucherei in the Urglaawe Context, which included information on the heirloom Pennsylvania German healing and magical practices of Braucherei and Hexerei and how they led to the rise of the Heathen denomination of Urglaawe. Many other workshops on various topics and traditions were also featured throughout the day.

The Delaware Steward (Shaun Shupe) and the New Jersey Steward (Annie Cúglas) for The Troth were also present, and. Cúglas took her oath of office at the event.

Also featured were performers and two great bands, Project Wendigo and Ashagal; the latter is led by Troth member John Harford.

Distelfink Sippschaft led the closing ceremony, which included honoring Dunner (Thor), Siwwa (Sif), and Idunn (Idunna). Future closing ceremonies will include the hailing of the Matronae goddesses.

As a harvest festival, Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day includes a food drive to benefit the Mazzoni Center Food Bank, a food and supply drive for Forgotten Cats, and a book donation drive to benefit In-Reach Heathen Prison Services for both The Troth and Distelfink Sippschaft. 

The event included some media coverage, such as a short article in Philly Weekly that mentioned The Troth and print and radio coverage for a day's news cycle on Philadelphia's KYW News Radio 1060

The estimated number of attendees was 1,500. The staff, vendors, performers, and patrons are already looking forward to next year!