Inclusive Heathen Organizations
These organizations have been recognized by Heathens Against Hate as inclusive groups due to their outspoken stance against racism and inequality.
Last Updated on: August 6th, 2018
(In Alphabetical Order)
The Ásatrú Fellowship in Iceland was founded in 1972 by farmer Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson.
It has been widely accepted that the foundation of reconstructionist faith in Iceland in the early 1970’s was the official “birth” of modern Heathenry. It is worth mentioning that the use of the term “Ásatrú” (“faithful to the gods”) in modern Heathenry was first coined by them.
Though membership is reserved to residents of Iceland, the Ásatrúarfélagið is open to anyone seeking to know the gods regardless of race, gender, disability or sexual orientation.
Åsatrufellesskapet Bifrost (Norway):
With over 380 members spanning 10 geographical regions, the Ásatrú Fellowship of Bifrost has promoted inclusive Heathen worship from its very inception in 1996. Since then, it has cemented itself as an intrical part of the religious and spiritual community in Norway by performing juridical weddings and other ceremonies, and was even granted designated burial grounds.
Asatru Schweiz (Switzerland):
Founded in 2009, the Asatru Schweis is a Heathen community that provides ritual services, gatherings, and interfaith awareness to the German-speaking parts of Switzerland.
Asatru UK (United Kingdom):
Asatru UK aims to gather all inclusive Heathens in England by providing education, organizing national gatherings, and foster a relationship between Heathens in the UK and abroad.
Ár nDraíocht Féin (International):
Founded in 1983, Ár nDraíocht Féin (A Druid Fellowship) or ADF for short, is a neo-pagan organization dedicated to the Indo-European Reconstructionist Faiths.
Heavily reliant on scholarly research, ADF provides valuable resources that draw from a myriad of Proto-Indo-European (PIE) “Hearth Cultures” including Norse.
A movement started by the staff of Huginn’s Heathen Hof, it is named after the 127th stanza of the Hávamál which states that:
“When you see misdeeds, speak out against them, and give your enemies no peace.”
It is a statement and petition in response to the Asatru Folk Assembly (AFA) which overtly stated their racist ideology. Petition signatories (both groups and individuals) stand against racism and discrimination in Heathenry.
De Negen Werelden (Netherlands):
The Nine Worlds was founded in 2007 aiming to provide religious service and gatherings to practicing Heathens in the Netherlands.
Distelfink Sippschaft (United States):
Die Urglaawisch Sippschaft vum Distelfink was formed in 2008 and currently has over 35 members and associates in Pennsylvania,
New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia.
Distelfink follows the Heathen path of Urglaawe, which honors the Teutonic pantheon in the context of the Deitsch (Pennsylvania German) culture, and drawing upon folklore and practices which have been passed down through generations.
Distelfink members maintain the Lüsch-Müsselman Graabhof near Lehighton, PA.
As one of the largest Ásatrú organizations in Germany, the Eldaring is a non-profit organization dedicated to organize regional and national gatherings, workshops, and Heathen worship.
Heathen Women United (International):
An international initiative bringing women and female-identified people of the LGBTQ community together to educate, guide, and share in contemporary Heathenry.
Huginn’s Heathen Hof:
While not an organization per se, it was founded by Xander Folmer as a valuable online resource for Heathens and non-Heathens alike.
Most notably, the staff of HHH started the movement of Declaration 127.
Nordisk Tingfælliget (Denmark):
An inclusive Heathen community in Denmark advocating multiculturalism and community activism.
Open Halls Project (United States):
Connecting Heathens serving in the United States military with both other active service personnel as well as Heathen civilians.
Pagane Wege und Gemeinschaften (Germany):
Initially started as a blog in 2012, the Pagan Ways & Community later gathered as a unified and inclusive gathering of a multitude of pagan faiths and practices; including Heathen and Ásatrú.
Samfundet Forn Sed (Sweden):
Founded in 1994, it is one of the largest inclusive Heathen groups in Sweden.
Basing their value system on “humanitarian and democratic view on life...acknowledge all humans as equals regardless of gender, origin, or sexual preference...members shall also uphold religious tolerance in a multicultural society.”
The Troth (International):
Founded in 1987 in response and opposition to exclusionary groups, The Troth (also known as The Ring of Troth) is an international Inclusive Heathen organization, and the largest within the United States whose mission is to provide academic education about Germanic Reconstructionist Faith, training for clergy, and provide networking among both individuals and Heathen kindred.
Additionally, the Troth promotes inclusive programs such as Heathens Against Hate, as well as leading one of the nation’s largest and academic Heathen prison In-Reach programs.
Verein für Germanisches Heidentum e.V. [VfGH] (Germany):
Verein für Germanisches Heidentum (or VfGH for short) was founded in 1995 in Cologne.
It is one of the oldest Pagan associations in Germany and has not only clarified their inclusivity in their mission statement and bylaws, they have participated in multiple Asatru-EU events that promote mutual Heathen education, ritual, and workshops.