Monday, April 20, 2015

"God"...If Only People Realized Where the Word Comes From!

Most Christains find it peculiar (and some even find it offensive) that Asatruar "do not believe in God."

This is ironic, and somewhat laughable if you know the etymology of the word.  The word “God” does not come from ancient Hebrew, Latin or Greek.  Neither Moses, nor Jesus, nor Mohammed ever uttered this syllable.  “God” is a pre-Christian Germanic word originally referring to our deities, not something out of the Middle East.  Our modern use of the term comes from the Old English guth (with a voiced “th”).  The capitalized version was first used to mean the God of the Hebrews and Christains in Ulfilas’ Gothic translation of the Bible, where he used it to mean the Greek word "Theos." 

Throughout my writing, I make a practice of capitalizing “God” not only when it refers to the Christian deity, but also when it describes our native Gods.  This is against all convention, but I am not inclined to favor the God of the Bible over the Gods of the Northlands.

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Awakening and Healing of the European-Descended Peoples

If Asatru rises to prominence, it will do so as part of the spiritual awakening and healing of the European-descended peoples.  Without this, it will remain one more minor choice available to the rootless and alienated.  On the other hand, as a factor in our resurgence, it will be loaded with the power of Odin, the very  expression of divine will and energy.  

What do I mean by an “awakening of the European-descended peoples?”

 We as a group must reclaim our native spirituality, and this spirituality must help shape our view of ourselves and the universe around us.  Obviously not all Euro-folk will become Asatru  -  some of us will still be Catholics and Protestants, Buddhists and atheists.  However, regardless of religion, every  thinking person of European heritage would at least be aware that we have a deep culture and religion, and would acknowledge it as a part of our ancestral inheritance.  The power of Asatru to connect us   -  with our Gods, our ancestors, our kin and with nature itself  -  can be a healing paradigm for all of us, regardless of faith or the lack of it.

Steve McNallen





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Shane Black, AFA Member, Needs a Helping Hand

Reposted from the Asatru Folk Assembly Family Services Facebook page...

Shane is an AFA member who just moved to the Jacksonville, Florida area.  Promises for housing and aid from another party fell through, leaving him homeless with a pregnant wife and two children. He has a part-time job but doesn't get paid for two weeks.  He's short on cash. Food stamps won't kick in for a couple of weeks.

Donations to Shane and his family can be made through the AFA web site.  Be sure to earmark your donation for him so we will know how to apply it.  Your donation is tax deductible (and here is is, tax day!).

If you live in the Jacksonville area, or know someone who does, please contact Shane (he is on Facebook; he's the Shane Black listed as being in Indianapolis) and help him get plugged into the social services in the area! 

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Donations to the Thor von Reichmuth Cancer Fund

We've come through for Barry, and for other AFA members before him.  But we haven't forgotten others who are not members of our organization.  Many AFAers have individually donated to the von Reichmuth family, and today I want to give you all a reminder about their need.

If you want to help out Little Thor's family, you can make donations through the AFA site.  The button is on the right-hand side of the page, and you'll see it when you scroll down.  You will have an opportunity to earmark it accordingly.  Your donation is tax deductible.  We have coordinated with Eduard, and we will mail a check in the amount of the donations to the Thor von Reichmuth Cancer Fund.

May the Gods and ancestors stand with the von Reichmuth family at this time of need!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The AFA is a Community!

I was very proud of the support our members gave fellow AFAer Barry Leatherman in his time of need. Sixteen members of our organization (as of this morning) stepped forward on short notice to come to his aid, opening their wallets and their hearts via the AFA Family Services Project. 

I mention Barry only because he gave us explicit permission to identify him  - he's not the first person we've done this for, nor will he be the last, and it makes me realize we are doing something really, really right.

The AFA is a national  -  or rather, international!  -  body of men and women. But we are not some faceless bureaucracy.  When we lost contact with an AFA member after a hurricane in New Zealand some years ago, I decided that was unacceptable and now we have the AFA Family Safety Program, a complement to the Family Services Project.  AFAers take care of each other.  We are connected by our heritage, our faith, and our dedication to the goals of the Asatru Folk Assembly.

We continue to evolve as a community, and the rewards are even richer than we thought!

The AFA celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year  -  and the twenty years yet to come are going to be much, much more exciting!

I salute you, my AFA kin!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Monday, April 6, 2015

Belief in the Gods

Tribal Europeans lived in an environment that selected intensely for intelligence and hard-headed practicality.  Stupid people made mistakes that got them killed.  Impractical dreamers likewise met tragic ends.  Fools, self-deceivers, and the gullible did things that got them eliminated from the gene pool, and thus we can assume that the ancient Europeans would not have believed in the Gods and Goddesses unless they had some reason to do so. 

We, by comparison, live much more protected lives, sheltered from the natural environment and from our own ignorance.  As a result, we are much more likely than our so-called primitive ancestors to believe in superstitions  -  such as the truth of the evening news or the honesty of politicians, for example.

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Friday, April 3, 2015

Barry Leatherman, AFA Member, Needs Your Help!

Barry Leatherman's mother, Susan Kovalik, passed away yesterday after fighting cancer for twelve years.

Susan had no insurance.  She was on disability and had really nothing to her name.  Barry, too, is disabled and has limited means.

Normally we make these kind of appeals anonymously, but I talked to Barry about it and he wanted his mother identified, so her name can be remembered.

If you send your contributions to the AFA, earmarked for Barry (This option is on the donation form) we will distribute it through Asatru Folk Assembly Family Services and donors can take a tax deduction  -  we will send you a receipt.  For those who do not want to do this, one can donate directly to the Susan Kovalik Funeral Fund on GiveForward, at http://tinyurl.com/k7n4etl.

The AFA donation button is located on our home page, at http://runestone.org

Hail Susan Kovalik, and her dutiful son!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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