Word Fame- Stephen A. McNallen
On 01 May 2016 the Asatru Folk Assembly Alsherjargothi Stephen McNallen made an announcement on Facebook, that he would be going into a well-earned semi-retirement to spend more time on his personal development. Mr. McNallen’s contribution to American Heathenry since 1972 can not be over stated and his semi-retirement, for AFA members, will be bitter-sweet. This writer will not attempt to list Mr. McNallen’s achievements, that would take an entire chapter of a book. If Else Christensen is the folk móðir, then surely Stephen McNallen is the faðir of the trufolk movement in the United States and to him we are indebted.
[Ostara in the South 2016 Stephen McNallen and Henrick Palmgren (photo courtesy of Kalki Weisthor- www.kalkiweisthor.net)]
Raise a horn of mead with me and, “Hail Alsherjargothi Emeritus Stephen A. McNallen”
But a noble name | will never die,
If good renown one gets.
Members of pagan Ásatrú Association conduct ceremony to thank Mother Nature for timber used to construct temple
Members of Ásatrúarfélagið gathered yesterday in Jónsskógur woodland, near Hallormsstaður in East Iceland, to conduct a ceremony to thank Mother Nature for the timber used to build part of the pagan temple that is now being constructed in Öskuhlíð, Reykjavík. The building is the first central pagan temple to be built in the Nordic countries since the Viking age.
Common larch, a species of larch native to the mountains of central Europe that was introduced to Iceland some 100 years ago, will be used for the building’s 400-square-metre-large (4305 sq ft) dome. The temple is the largest building to have been constructed using Icelandic timber, reports the National Broadcasting Service.
As a natural religion the Ásatrú stresses the interconnection of all things and especially a respect for nature. Members are environmentally aware and know that nature must be cared for and nurtured. Therefore, members also prayed for the health and growth of new trees that were planted to replace those felled.
Watch a clip from the ceremony here.