The Troth | Position Statement

The Troth ® Position Statement

Affirmed January 24, 2019
(2.08 Q42018)

The Troth is a Germanic heathen religious organization. Its fundamental purpose is to advance the knowledge and honoring of:

The two great kindreds of Northern European gods and goddesses, commonly known as the Aesir and Vanir in Norse mythology, and their equivalents in other historical Germanic cultures;

Germanic deities that are not specifically mentioned in Old Norse sources, but which are understood to be beneficent (for example: Eostre/Ostara, Nehalennia, Saxnot, Nerthus);

Beings known from the standard texts of mythology or folklore to be allies of the Aesir and Vanir, or who are at least not depicted as openly hostile to our gods and goddesses and what they stand for, for example: Aegir, Ran, Thorri, Hel, Jordh/Earth, Sol, Mani, the Norns;

Wights of specific places such as the land, the waters, and the home (vaettir, tomten, brownies, huldufolk, etc.), as well as elves (alfar), dwarves (dvergar), female powers (disir/idises, valkyries), and other such beings;

Worthy and honorable human heroes and ancestors, ranging from the legendary through the historical past up to the present day.

Variations in the understanding of our heathen gods and goddesses, and the ways of honoring them, have always existed, even in the time of our Germanic heathen forebears. In the modern era, many good and true folk have sought to reconstruct, revive, and renew the old ways according to their own best understandings. One result has been the creation of different sects, tribal groups, traditions, and other divisions of contemporary Germanic religion. The Troth explicitly recognizes the existence of these differences and seeks to encompass them hospitably within the larger heathen community.

The Troth affirms the right of individuals and groups to freely worship as they will, guided by the dictates of their own consciences. Individual membership in the Troth is not predicated on adherence to any particular heathen religious practice, belief, theology, tradition, or dogma. We recognize that freedom of conscience, the free exchange of ideas, and diversity of opinions are vital for the healthy growth of our religion and folkways. The Troth does not and will not dictate to individual members which beings they may or may not honor, what forms of ritual they may or may not employ, or how they may conceive of these beings.

Addendum regarding Loki: 

As of January 1, 2019, the ban on hailing Loki has been rescinded on an organizational level (Motion 4.07 Q42018). TKP kindreds retain sovereignty to determine content of Troth-sponsored rituals that they host, including whom it is appropriate to hail at a given ritual, insofar as the determination is consistent with the organization's Position Statement (4.11/16.06 Q42018). Leaders of other rituals outside of the Idunna Blót (where only Idunna may be hailed; 4.10 Q42018) and Grand Sumbel (open for all hailing consistent with Position Statement) will determine the rules and content of their rituals.

As a Germanic heathen organization, it is not part of the Troth's mission to promote or advance the honoring or worship of:

Deities and other beings from non-Germanic traditional religions, for example: Greco/Roman, Native American, Kemetic/Egyptian, Vedic or other traditional Indian deities;

Deities and other beings from the Abrahamic religions, for example: Jehovah, Jesus, Satan, Allah, Mohammed, angels, djinni;

Beings from Germanic mythology that are understood to be hostile to the Aesir and Vanir, to humanity, and/or to the cosmological order, for example: Angrboda, Fenrir, the Midgard Serpent/Jormungandr, Surtr, Muspel's Sons, Garm, Nidhogg.

Discussion of such deities and other beings, when relevant to issues surrounding heathen Germanic religion, is a normal and necessary occurrence in Troth forums, meetings, and publications. However, it is not the purpose of Troth programs, publications, offices, or certifications to advocate, promote, or carry out the honoring or worship of these entities. Troth members are expected to recognize and respect such boundaries in the context of Troth affairs.

The Troth, its officers, and its members may work for the benefit of the Troth with other organizations, including those not dedicated to Germanic Heathenry, on issues of common concern.

The officers of the Troth are hereby charged with implementing this policy into their operating procedures.

[Per 2.09 Q42018, the Position Statement may only be amended via a process that requires a 2/3 majority vote by the Rede followed by a 2/3 majority of members voting on a ratification referendum. See the motion's wording in Mimir's Well for full details.]