Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Declaration from the European Council of Ethnic Religions

This is, as the title of this post indicated, the declaration issued at the latest meeting of ECER.  I completly agree with this important statement. 

I am proud to note that two Asatru Folk Assembly members in Denmark  -  Lars Irenesson and Soren Fisker  -  went to this conference as representatives of the Danish Forn Sidr organization.  Lars is also AFA Folkbuilder for Scandinavia.  Hail to them, and to the ECER!

Steve McNallen


Asatru Folk Assembly
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We, the delegates from twelve different countries convened at the European Congress of Ethnic Religions in Vilnius, Lithuania, on this 9th day of July 2014, join our voices together to make the following declaration:

We are members of diverse European indigenous ethnic cultures who seek to revitalize and reclaim our ancestral religious and spiritual traditions. We honor those who went before us, who gave us our life and our heritage. We are bound to the lands of our ancestors, to the soil that holds their bones, to the waters from which they drank, to the roads that they once walked. And we seek to pass that heritage to those who come after us, whose ancestors we are in the process of becoming – our children, our grandchildren, and the many generations yet to be born. We send solidarity and support to those other indigenous nations, races and religions who are also engaged in the struggle to preserve their own ancestral heritages.

Our ethnic religions are the product of the history of this continent; they are the living expressions, in the present, of our most ancient traditions and identities. At a time when the world is precariously balanced on the edge of environmental and economic upheaval, largely as the result of imbalanced individualism and rampant greed, our religions promote very different models of spiritual and social values: living in harmony, balance and moderation with the Earth; the importance of family and cooperative community; and respect and honor for all forms of life.

Yet, in many countries of Europe, the practice of our religions is impeded, restricted, and sometimes forbidden. We urge all European governments to fully comply with, and actively enforce, the provisions guaranteeing freedom of religion to all citizens as stipulated in the Treaties of the European Union, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the European Convention of Human Rights, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other similar conventions and agreements, and to refrain from granting preferential treatment to some religions over others. We also ask that this equality of religious preference be reflected in the European educational systems.

We urge all our governments to actively engage in the preservation and protection of European indigenous sacred sites – be they human-made structures or natural settings. We further ask that free and open access to those sites be given to ethnic European religions which seek to use them for the purposes of worship and spiritual celebration.

We do not seek ownership or exclusive rights to those sites – the land does not belong to us, we belong to the land.

We object to the use of the term “pagan” by extremist political groups of any kind, as it reflects negatively on our reputation.

Finally, we urge all peoples and all nations to place the well-being of the Earth – who is, literally, our Living Mother – above any and all other priorities.

We send this message in kinship, love, and respect.

Andras Corban Arthen (President), Anamanta, Spain/U.S.A.
Ramanė Roma Barauskienė, Lietuva
Martin Brustad, Norway
Nina Bukala, Werkgroep Hagal, Netherlands
Alexander Demoor, Werkgroep Hagal, Belgium
Valentinas Dilginas, Kuzšei Žemaicĭai, Lithuania
Sören Fisker, Forn Siđr, Danmark
Federico Fregni (Board Member), Societas Hesperiana, Italia
Marianna Gorronova, Czech Republic
Lars Irenessøn (Board Member), Forn Siđr, Danmark
Irena Jankutė-Balkūnė (Board Member), Romuva, Lithuania
Runar Kartsen, Forn Sed, Norway
Daniele Liotta (Board Member), Movimento Tradizionale Romano, Italia
Silvano Lorenzoni, Federazione Pagana Italiana, Italia
Anna Lucarelli, Movimento Tradizionale Romano, Italia
Sachin Nandha, United Kingdom
Zdenek Ordelt, Czech Republic
Elisabeth Overgaauw, Werkgroep Hagal, Netherlands
Eugenijus Paliokas, Šventaragis Romuva, Lithuania
Staško Potrzebowski, Rodzima Wiara, Polska
Prudence Priest, Romuva, U.S.A.
Marina Psaraki, Y.S.E.E., Greece
Vlassis G. Rassias, Y.S.E.E., Greece
Valdas Rutkūnas, Romuva, Lithuania
Ignas Šatkauskas (Board Member), Romuva, Lithuania
Øyvind Siljeholm, Forn Sed, Norway
Dovile Sirusaitė, Lithuania
Eleonora Stella, Societas Hesperiana, Italia
Inija Trinkūnienė, Romuva, Lithuania
Ram Vaidya, United Kingdom


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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Spirit of Asatru - A Morality Based on Honor!

Those who do not understand us say we have no morality, but they are wrong!  Our morality does not depend on commandments handed down by a tyrannical deity atop a mountain in the Middle East, but rather arises from the dignity and honor of the noble-minded man and woman.  This is the hardest, most uncompromising morality of all.  We strive to live by it, and if need be, to die by it.

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
http://runestone.org

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Spirit of Asatru - We Are One With Our Ancestors!

We are connected to all our ancestors. They are a part of us. We in turn will be a part of our descendants.  The ancestors give us luck, inspiration...and the gift of life, passed down through the generations. The gift we give in return is to remember them, to tell their stories, to visit their graves when we can, and to add good repute to the family name!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Spirit of Asatru - Honor, Not Salvation!

We do not need salvation. All we need is the freedom to face our destiny with courage and honor.

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today Is the Last Day to Sign Up for the Great Northwest Freyfaxi!

The clock is ticking... today we have to submit our headcount for the Great Northwest Freyfaxi, to be held at Ocean Park, Washington, on August 1st through the 3rd!

If you've been holding back, now is the time to save your place.  Sheila and I will be there, as well as other AFA leaders.  This is a Folkish, family-friendly gathering and all Asatru Folk Assembly members and friends of the AFA are invited!

Check out the Facebook event page to see a full description all the things we'll be doing  -  https://www.facebook.com/events/587974817906944/

Overnight options include shared cabins, camping, or RV camping.  (Yes, you can bring your dog!) Registration fees are very affordable.  If you plan to come, send an email to Sheila at afa@runestone.org.  We'll need your basic information today, but if you can't email your completed registration, send an email with FREYFAXI in the subject line and your basic info including sleeping arrangements and arrival time.  We can bill you via Paypal now or you can pay at the event.   Elizabeth can help you as well:  esalix@runestone.org.

Really, you don't want to miss this.  See you there!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Steve's Red Ice Interview On YouTube!

My Red Ice interview on "Ancestral Roots and Metagenetics" has been posted on You Tube for easy access!  Drop in, take a look, and please share!


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Steve McNallen
Asatru Folk Assembly
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Monday, July 14, 2014

The Spirit of Asatru - The World is Good!

Some teach that the world is an evil place, mere preparation for somewhere else.  But Asatru is life-affirming:  We say the world is good, and life is good and that we should live it with joy and enthusiasm!  We are free to shape our lives to the extent allowed by our skill, courage, and might.  The Gods set no limitations on us, but rather urge us to become more than we are!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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