Please also see our Position Statement, which may answer some questions in more detail.
What is The Troth? The Troth exists in order to celebrate our religious and cultural heritage, rather than to promote political, racial, social or other agendas; membership in the Troth and participation in our activities is open to worthy folks regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender or sexual orientation, and we do not permit discrimination on these grounds in the activities of the Troth or any of its affiliated groups. If you feel drawn to the ways of the Heathen North, and would like to participate in our growing community, we invite you to drop us a line at the e-mail addresses listed here. Help us in the challenging work of restoring the Elder Troth to a proud, open and active role in our society, culture and world. The old gods are calling; to hear their call is a joy, an honor, and also a duty. If they are calling to you, it is time to take your place among friends and kin, and bring new honor and strength to our ancient heathen faith.
Whom can I contact for more information? Troth-Questions@thetroth.org or your area steward, who is a more local source for information on The Troth.
What is a Steward? Stewards are volunteers who work to build community for heathens everywhere in conjunction with the Troth. They start by providing a presence and giving information to individuals who are interested in The Troth or in heathenry in general. They may also help heathens find each other, start kindreds, and create opportunities for local kindreds to get together with each other or organize regional meetings. The work of the Steward in the troth is about bringing together threads of individuals and kindreds. They are familiar with the Troth members and kindreds in his or her area, and know the other heathen organizations that are willing to work with the Troth. They usually have strong ties to the broader heathen community local to the Steward’s territory.
How can I find my local Steward? A listing of all the current and proposed stewards is inside the back cover of each Idunna and can also be found on our website on our Steward Locator Map. Please feel free to contact your regional steward (if there is one for your area) about Asatru, the Troth, and/or heathens in your area. If you receive no reply, please email the High Steward as he or she can answer you as well.
How many people are in the Troth? The Troth currently has over 500 members worldwide.
How do I join? The direct link to join is here. You can pay via Paypal or you can mail the paper form with a check to our office.
What do I get with membership? Membership includes a 1-year subscription (four issues) to Idunna, access to our e-mail lists, and after one year, eligibility for our Clergy and Lore training programs.
What is Idunna? Idunna is the quarterly journal published by the Troth. The journal is named for the Norse goddess Íðunn, whose golden apples keep the gods and goddesses ever vibrant. With this journal and our other worthy actions, we revivify these Gods and Goddesses, and restore them to their vital role in our world and our lives. We come together now to forge again the Hammer of the North that is our own Troth.
How can I find local Troth Groups or Members? The Troth tries to assist its members in forming local groups to practice our religion and make it more widely available. This is done by referring people to existing groups, providing networking help through local coordinators, or "Stewards," listing affiliated groups, and supporting and publicizing local and regional gatherings when requested.
What is Trothmoot? Once a year, the Troth sponsors a major gathering at which members and interested folks from all over North America, and often from Europe, attend, conduct workshops and religious ceremonies, and discuss and demonstrate their many skills and religious practices. This has been an invaluable opportunity to experience the richness of modern Heathenry, and add depth and energy to one's own practice. Further, Trothmoot is the Annual Business Meeting of the Organization.
Does the Troth have any publications? Yes, quite a few! The best-known projects to date are Our Troth Volume One: History and Lore and Our Troth Volume Two: Living the Troth. They are available for purchase at: The Troth Store. Additionally, among The Troth's members are many authors and musicians.
Does the Troth have any training programs? The Troth currently offers The Lore Program and Clergy Programs to eligible members.
The Lore Program: To enter the Lore Program, a Full Troth Member must first complete the Introduction to Heathenism Course. Completion is proven by passing the test for the Introduction to Heathenism Course. Note: new Troth members may work through the Introduction to Heathenism Course during their first year of membership and thus be ready to take the test when they become Full Members. After passing the Introduction to Heathenism test, a Full Troth Member may then complete the Lore Program Application and send it along with a writing sample to the Provost. To request the test for the Introduction to Heathenism Course, contact the Provost at email@example.com; for the Application, click this link Lore Program - Application
Clergy Program: Completing the Lore program is a pre-requisite to entering the Clergy Program. This part of our website is still under construction. Keep checking back for updates.
What or whom do you worship? The Troth is dedicated to exploring, practicing and promoting the pre-Christian religion of the Germanic peoples, who include the English, Norse, Icelanders, Swedes and Germans, among others. We are loyal to the gods and goddesses of the Northlands, such as Odin, Thor, Frigga, Tyr, Holle, and many others.
What about Loki? There is much diversity of belief and practice across the heathen community. The Troth does its best to embrace and bring together as much of this diversity as possible in a group where everyone still talks to each other. People who are closely involved with Loki are welcome as Troth members, but hailing Loki at our Trothmoot blots, Trothmoot Grand Sumbel and certain KAP-sponsored events is not allowed. What members do in blots and sumbels outside of the aforementioned Troth sponsored events is their own business. Trothmoots may have Vé, weos, or shrines, dedicated to individual Gods and Goddesses. Trothmoot attendees are welcome to observe personal devotions at these shrines in privacy. Please see the “Trothmoot” page for more detailed information. The High Rede calls on all our members to respect one another and maintain frith within our organization. Please also see our Position Statement, which addresses related questions in more detail.
Are there defining beliefs in this religion? This religion is known by various names, including Ásatrú, Heathenry, the Elder Troth, Urglaawe, Forn Sed, Anglo-Saxon Heathenry, and many others. Although there are many variations in beliefs and practices within this faith, and many ways of describing and classifying these differences, we all share a defining personal loyalty to, or "Troth" with, the gods and goddesses of the Northlands, a deep respect for our Germanic religious, cultural and historical heritage; and a strong determination to practice the moral principles followed by our noble predecessors, including Courage,Truth, Honor, Loyalty, Discipline, Hospitality, Industriousness, Self-reliance, and Steadfastness.
Are there any programs aimed at the wider society? In-Reach Heathen Prison Services is an effort designed to help prison chaplains, prison administrators, and incarcerated Heathens to learn more about Heathenry through the provision of positive Heathen materials. This program is a coordinated effort of Troth members and local kindreds and individuals.
What is The Troth's policy on same-sex marriage? Troth Godpersons may not refuse to perform any rituals (with exceptions, noted below) on the sole grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation or any other divisive criteria. They may refuse to perform or compose rituals under the following circumstances:
Marriage or Unions
- When the Godperson feels a significant degree of doubt about the ethical or moral appropriateness of the ritual.
- In the case of man- or woman-making, the Godperson cannot perform the bulk of the ceremony for a subject of the opposite gender. However he or she should be able to assist and facilitate the performance of such a ritual by a person of the appropriate gender.
- If the ritual is public, Troth-related, and directly opposes the Troth's stated mission or position.
A Godperson is not only within his or her rights, but morally obligated, to refuse to perform a marriage rite in any of the following situations:
- If the relationship is clearly and visibly abusive.
- If one or both of the participants are legally underage.
- If the laws of the state would class even an unregistered ceremony as contributory to bigamy.
- If one or both of the participants is demonstrably incapable of making and keeping the oaths of marriage due to a psychological, emotional or intellectual handicap.