Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Freya Aswynn

The Troth’s stance on inclusive Heathenry is enshrined within our Bylaws, the mandatory oaths of our Officers, our status as a signatory to Declaration 127, and our work within Heathens Against Hate. We hold as sacred within our halls that hatred or bigotry based on race, gender, orientation, ability or faith is abhorrent in the sight of the gods and in the eyes of our ancestors. 
It is unfortunate that not everyone shares our inclusive vision, and, at times, we are compelled to review the actions of leaders and to sever the relationships of the past. It is our policy to remove members who do not support our core values of inclusive Heathenry. These decisions are painful, but we stand by our inclusive stance. 
Our Officers' Oath of Service reads, in part, “With The Troth I stand against any use of Germanic religion and culture to advance causes of racism, sexism, homophobia, white supremacy, ableism, or any other form of prejudice.”
Recently, a Troth Elder was observed making remarks on social media which belie the spirit of inclusiveness The Troth strives to foster. The Rede has determined that these recent posts by Freya Aswynn have violated our policies. We attempted to intervene in private, but the posts continued with increasing Islamophobic rhetoric. 
The High Rede of The Troth must honor our oaths and condemn this behavior. As such, the High Rede has determined that our relationship with Freya as an Elder is no longer appropriate, and we have rescinded her status as Elder and have terminated her Lifetime Membership.
Thank you very much.
The High Rede of The Troth

Thursday, August 3, 2017

NEW and ORIGINAL Hávamál and Rígsthula Translations

These are NEW and ORIGINAL translations of Hávamál and of Rígsthula by Ben himself!

We have the honor and pleasure to announce that the Troth has just released a pocket-sized edition (4.25” x 6.88”, or 108 x 175 mmm) of the complete Hávamál, in a new translation. At only 52 pages, it’s small enough to tuck anywhere—and yet we managed to include not just the full text of the longest poem in the Edda, but some pretty extensive notes to help you through the text.

And we did something else. For every copy of the new Hávamál that you purchase, the Troth will donate a copy to prison ministry (through In-Reach) or to military ministry (through the Open Halls Project). Yes, we are now the Toms Shoes of Heathenry.

Oh, and by the way, I dusted off my old Rigsthula translation and published that, too. Same deal: you buy one, we’ll donate one.

We’ll be getting the e-book editions out over the next few days, and in a few weeks the books should be listed on Amazon. But as of right now, these small yet helpful volumes can be previewed and purchased at:

Ben Waggoner, Shope, The Troth.

This post represents official Troth policy or is an official Troth statement.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Frith Forge / Sacred Sites of Germany Tour

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. Lets learn from each other with respect for one another, and in frith instead of in isolation. Together we can enjoy this opportunity to discuss inclusion in religion and to promote cultural, religious, and educational exchange.

Frith Forge
October 6-8, 2017
KiEZ Inselparadies Petzow
Zum Inselparadies 9-12
14542 Werder/Petzow

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 is immediately followed by the Sacred Sites of Germany tour, which runs from October 8-14, 2017. Pre-registration is underway between now and March 31 for the tour. The conference and the tour are separate (but related) events, so you may participate in one, the other, or both!

Information on each event is available on the Frith Forge website:


Hope to see you in Germany!

This post represents official Troth policy or is an official Troth statement.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Inclusion Affirmation Statement


February 5, 2016

On February 2, 2017, the High Rede (Board of Directors) of The Troth has implemented the following motion:

I move that we accept the inclusion affirmation wording as follows and that the wording be placed on the Join and Renew pages of the website. The statement may also be placed in other locations, such as on a screen at first login, and members' proceeding with processing their membership or clicking an acceptance box will be recorded as their agreement to abide by The Troth's inclusive policies.

In choosing to join The Troth, you agree to abide by the following:

I agree to keep frith with all Troth members regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, gender, or family structure.

This presents prospective members and current members with an opportunity to affirm their understanding of The Troth's inclusive policies and positions and to abide by the "law of the hall." 

This affirmation appears on the Join and Renew pages, and it will also present itself the first time a member logs into TheTroth.org. The affirmation also will appear during the joining and renewal processes. 

If you have questions about this statement, please direct them to the High Rede via the Steer (steer@thetroth.org) or through the Contact form at http://www.TheTroth.org/contact.html.

The Troth is open to all who seek to know and to honor the Gods, ancestors, and values of the Germanic Heathen traditions, regardless of gender, race, nationality or sexual orientation. The Troth stands against any use of Germanic religion and culture to advance causes of racism, sexism, homophobia, white supremacy, or any other form of prejudice.

STEER (President and CEO)
The Troth
325 Chestnut Street
Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Saturday, February 4, 2017

News from the Shope

Wassail, y’all. . .

The Shope is pleased to announce a new book from the Troth! This one’s from Ben Waggoner. Say What I Am: A Book of Old English Riddles is a much expanded collection of his translated riddles—fifty-one in all. Some of these have appeared in Idunna, but many of them have not. They’re not just entertainment—they’re a nifty look at everyday Anglo-Saxon life and worldview, featuring everything from a plough, to a nightingale, to the stars, to a one-eyed garlic peddler (yes, that one’s a bit odd). And for all that they were probably composed by monks, every so often one of them slips up and reveals just a glimpse of the older ways. . .

We have this in paperback:


And PDF:

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sacred Space Conference 2017

Sacred Space Conference 
March 9-12, 2017 
Hunt Valley, MD 

Among the topics will be the following: 

Zisa: Ancient Lore and Modern Understanding 


The Troth: Modern Heathenry in a Complex World -
Inclusion, Growth, Balancing Identity and Community

This information has been posted for educational purposes and may or may not represent the beliefs and practices of many members of The Troth.

Monday, January 9, 2017


The Troth Blog has served its purpose well, but Troth News may now be seen on our new website!