Sunday, February 5, 2017

Inclusion Affirmation Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - TROTH INCLUSION AFFIRMATION

PHILADELPHIA, PA:
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.

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

1 comment:

  1. It would be nice to see some indication of political inclusion from the Troth. One reason I have not joined is I am not sure my political views would be included in your "inclusive" Heathenry.

    Of particular concern for me is my hard opposition to Western colonialism of African and Asian cultures in the name of forcing our innovations regarding family structures, views of sexual freedom, and reproductive rights on them. This leads me to strongly support Indonesia's censorship of portrayals of homosexuality in media allowed on display in their country. I am concerned that my opposition to Western colonialism in this way would be excluded from the evolving consensus of The Troth.

    Of course the reason I feel this way is because I have experienced Chinese-Indonesian culture through my marriage, and I also have a right and obligation to defend my childrens' sense of pride in their culture's way of life (one which is very different in family expectations to the US today). So to attack me or my family on this political issue might be seen as attacking their ethnicity (if ethnicity reaches actual matters of culture), but others might see me as attacking them since censorship by such countries makes it effectively impossible for Hollywood to push portrayals of these subjects in the international mainstream market.

    Some sense of how The Troth would address differences of opinion when it comes to divisive political issues of the day would be welcome.

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