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 http://www.thetroth.org. To support the Heathen contingency in their work at the Parliament, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/heathen-parliament.