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Why No Public
Events Right Now?
It is impossible to overstate the importance of
face-to-face Heathenry. Heathenry is about community,
gathering as a people, shaking a man or woman's hand, looking them
in the eye, hearing their voice, telling stories, getting to know
each other. It is letting your kids play together. Letting your
spouses get to know each other. It is about laughing at dumb
jokes, and telling stories from your life. Its about building bonds
of friendship...and taking the measure of another person, and
finding them of worth.
"Internet Heathenry" and "Facebook Heathenry"
not Heathenry. The Internet and Facebook are simply ways to communicate. You don't
really know the person with whom you are communicating. You don't
really know their life, their worth, or their character. So, if
you are reading this and you are not in real-life contact
with real-heathens in your local area
or your region, reach out to some. Find them, contact them,
and find ways to get to know them in person.
Jotun's Bane Kindred spent 2009 through 2014 hosting very
successful public events, such as pubmoots,
monthly worship meetings, and even regional
gatherings. In March of 2014 there were 108
Heathens at our Open Ostara Gathering and in
September of 2014 there were 280 Heathens at Lightning
Across the Plains. We held these events to
build relationships and bond with other Heathens in our
region. An immense amount of our effort and time went
into making these events as positive and constructive as
In 2015 we began scaling back our public efforts and
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For six years we invested heavily in efforts
meant to benefit others, as a service to the "Heathen
Community." That was something we did voluntarily and
willingly. Not something required of us. And after six
years of investment in others, we decided to focus in on our own
families, our own kindred, and those Heathens we actually know and
trust. Far too often, our efforts were being enjoyed by people
who did not have our best interests at heart. Time and time
again, this was proven to us by the negative actions of certain
kindreds and individuals...and we grew tired of tolerating such
behavior on the part of others toward our kindred.
2015 was held as a private event, and those in attendence
were there by invitation only. Unanimously, our kindred
enjoyed this event more than any other event we've held in the
past. After much thought, we cancelled Lightning Across the
Plains 2015, so that we could spend our time and effort on
those that have been reciprocal and honorable in our
friendships with them.
Will Jotun's Bane Kindred hold public
events in the future? That's a great question, and one we
don't have the answer to right now. It is likely that
over time we may host classes
on Heathen topics, small get-togethers at a pub, or other local events.
Beyond that, we will all have to wait and see.
If you live in the local Kansas
City Area and would like to communicate with our kindred,
please message me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/asatru
or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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