The Asatru Folk Assembly purchased land, and a building, and has spent the last few weeks fixing up the place, getting people to paint, carve, forge, wire, hammer, and otherwise get the place up to snuff for Saturday's grand opening. And the results have been pretty spectacular:
|NewGrange Hall in progress. Note the actual runes on the gable.|
|Because apparently two-thirds of Heathens aren't white.|
But at least they have a rainbow and faux runes.
There, they will sit on panels, and talk with representatives of other religions about global warming (one of the big things for the conference is a statement on climate change). The four intrepid representatives will give two lectures:
- “Rebuilding the Altars: Reconstructing Indigenous Pagan Faiths for Today”
- "Staving off Ragnarök: A Heathen Response to Climate Change”
Of course, this isn't an official Troth project (although it's been promoted in the various Troth venues, and the folks going are mostly Troth big-wigs). The four people have come up with a new organization specifically for this event: the "Alliance for Inclusive Heathenry". Because both of those gay black Asatruar in the world need an organization made up of white people to represent them, I suppose.
Now, I've been admittedly a little snarky, but I'm just having fun to make a point. When people are given something real, something concrete, something that actually shows up on a map, they'll pitch in, even if it doesn't directly impact them. When people are given the opportunity to let someone else play at being a "parliamentary representative" for a week, and attend some lectures that mean little or nothing to them, the response will be rather... tepid. That's not "putting Heathenry on the Map". That's "let us hang around trading useless lectures with other self-important people nobody's heard of, and please pay for our plane fare."
Get stuff done. Stop talking. Do stuff. It's not that hard.