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.