Joining Eplagaršr Kindred
We are a close-knit family Kindred and we take membership in our Kindred very seriously.
Before considering requesting to join the Kindred, it is important to understand what is important to the Kindred, as well as what the Kindred offers to their members. If our values do not match your own, then it is best to remain a friend of the Kindred. There is no issue with attending Kindred events for years and never becoming a member.
If, however, after reading the following, you would like to be considered as a Fellow of the Kindred, you must let the Kindred know of your intentions. Once this is done, you will be expected to follow these guidelines of the Kindred for one years span - attending as many Kindred events as possible (half our public events at a minimum), and following the values listed here. This will allow everyone in the Kindred to get to know you, to ensure compatibility with existing members and with our views on Asatru, and to demonstrate a level of commitment to the Kindred. Each potential Fellow will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Kinred will discuss whether to accept any potential members and will vote. The Kindred will only accept someone if the vote is unanimous. If accepted, the new Fellow will be welcomed into the Kindred during a private sumble.
1. We are an Asatru Kindred. We do not ask any of our members to forsake other gods, but we do expect our members to respect and honor the gods and spirits of Asatru. Likewise, while we do not ask any members not to worship other deities, we will ask them to keep worship of non-Asatru deities as separate from what we do as possible.
2. We do not ask any of our members to not affiliate with other religious groups. The Fellows can even have other groups as their primary religious obligations, with the Kindred as secondary. Kin are expected to have no higher religious obligations than the Kindred.
3. Information spoken of within the Kindred about others must be kept within the Kindred. The only exceptions to this being that we would expect people to speak to their spouses about certain things, as well as to respected and trusted advisors and/or mentors. If concerns arise from discussions within the Kindred that need to be investigated, this should be done via Kindred consensus. (i.e. the Kindred will decide who will speak for the Kindred and how it will be done.)
4. The reputation of the Kindred within the community is of utmost importance. This is not just ego, it also directly affects the livelihood of our business-folk and crafts-folk. Therefore, we ask that everyone associated with the Kindred be cautious in how they speak of the Kindred, as well as how they present themselves when they are presenting themselves as members of the Kindred. (More details on this item will be provided to anyone seriously being considered as a Fellow.)
5. We do require attendance at 4 (at least) Kindred events a year, and we strongly encourage all members to attend Yule (or Twelfth Night), Winternights and our Thor blot whenever possible.
6. We expect all members to help the Kindred and the other members when, where and how they can. We realize this is often very limiting as we live far apart and have limited resources, but we should at least attempt to help each other when a request is made. Likewise, Kindred members are expected to only make reasonable requests on other members.
In return, the Kindred will:
1. Provide regular high day services
2. Provide pesonal religious services, such as naming rites, professing rites, wedding rites, funeral or rememberance rites, divorce rites and coming of age rites.
3. Provide counseling and support to each other when needed. Always being available to each other for help and advice in spiritual matters.
4. Always discuss decisions related to the Kindred and its members.
5. Teach and aid each other and our young in spiritual matters, as well as in our spiritual pursuits in whatever way we can.
1. All Kindred members should keep a place at their hearth for the other Members. This is two-fold:
- The Kindred should have some sort of place in your devotionals and worship.
- Members should offer other Kindred members hospitality. Likewise, guests are expected to not over-extend their welcome and to not ask too much of their hosts.
2. All Kindred members should help each other when they are in need.
3. Our Kindred currently has no dues. We will let the Kindred know if money or supplies are needed for events. Other than that, voluntary contributions are encouraged.
Lastly, a word about Festivals:
Our Kindred has a lot of very, extremely public events. More than that, Kindred members run or help run way more than our share of festivals. No one within the Kindred is expected to help with festival planning or running. It is appreciated and you will likely be asked, but you should feel under no obligation to say yes.
Also, if you have trouble attending Kindred events due to cost, let us know. We believe that Kindred members should always be able to attend Kindred events and we will do our best to make sure that happens. In some cases, this may mean that we ask you to help out more with the event in return for a discounted (or waived) price of admission.