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!