Troth Elders

Since its inception, The Troth has recognized certain people as Elders. The exact criteria over three decades has changed, but what has not changed is the general notion of spotlighting certain individuals for significant contributions to the organization and to the wider Heathen community.

As of June 2019, the High Rede has clarified the concept of Elder. At a bare minimum, an Elder is someone who has served the organization for a decade in a titled position, and has established a significant rapport with the membership. But more so, an Elder should be construed as someone whose workings have shaped The Troth in a definitive manner. In so many words, an Elder is an individual whose words and deeds have helped define and ennoble The Troth. They have established a legacy worthy of respect and inspiration.

Elders have set an example of service to the membership. They are expected to share their knowledge and experience with the High Rede and membership when asked to do so. May The Troth benefit from their wisdom!

Elders (alphabetical by last name)

  • Melodi Grundy (Sagadis)
  • Patricia Lafayllve
  • Lisa Morgenstern
  • Diana Paxson
  • Winifred Hodge Rose
  • Robert L. Schreiwer
  • Ben Waggoner
  • Lorrie Wood

Elder Emeritus

  • James Chisholm

Elder Voting (q2 2019 56.01.03)

Elder Status must be approved by supermajority of the Rede.

Elder Defined (q2 2019 56.01.02)


The High Rede may elect a Troth member to become a Troth Elder if the individual meets the following conditions:

  1. The individual is a current Troth member who has demonstrated 10 years of quality service to The Troth in some capacity. "Quality service" includes:
    1. staffing a volunteer position
    2. serving on the Rede or as clergy
    3. publications, donations and other works done for, by, and of The Troth
  2. The individual is of good moral character and is not currently in any sort of disciplinary action or investigation of wrongdoing.
  3. No one currently sitting on the High Rede may be named an Elder. However, a Steer Emeritus may be named Elder if they meet the other above requirements.


The Troth Elder serves in the following capacities:

  1. Elders provide institutional memory for the organization as a whole, and in particular for any department they have served. They are expected to provide advice and recollection to the High Rede when solicited for such.
  2. Elders will generally share their knowledge and experience with other Troth members in a direct manner, whether through participating in various online Troth fora, publishing in Troth publications, or face to face at Troth events.
  3. Elders set an example of service and behavior to other Troth members in words and deeds.
  4. An Elder may be considered a high level representative of The Troth for local events, such as Pagan Pride Day, conferences, etc.


An Elder is entitled to the following:

  1. A free [paper] lifetime Troth membership
  2. The right to be listed on Troth publications and The Troth website as an Elder
  3. The right to use “Elder” as an honorific when representing The Troth to others, e.g., “Ragnar Odinsson, Troth Elder.”
  4. Elders may be toasted collectively at Grand Sumble at Trothmoot by the Rede or membership, in recognition of their service.

These rights will be rescinded if the individual’s status as Elder is rescinded (see “Removal”).


An Elder shall have their title stripped by the High Rede for any of the following:

  1. The Elder violates The Troth Inclusivity Statement
  2. The Elder resigns from The Troth
  3. The Elder, through words and deeds, impugns their own moral character to a degree they no longer inspire trust or respect.
  4. The Elder has demonstrated a long term, habitual record of non-communication with the Rede and membership without some prior explanation, and is therefore considered in absentia of their position.

If removed from Elder status, the individual loses their rights as an Elder (see "Rights").

Elder Emeritus:

  1. An Elder Emeritus will be considered a retired elder.
  2. An Elder who has faithfully served The Troth for a time but then wishes to disengage from the daily affairs of the The Troth may notify the Rede in writing. The Rede will then vote on bestowing them Elder Emeritus status.
  3. An Elder Emeritus carries the same rights as an Elder (see “Rights”), but is absolved of the responsibilities. Elder Emeriti choose their own level of participation within the organization.
  4. An Elder Emeritus can be removed from their status by a vote of the High Rede for the first three offenses for which an Elder may be removed (see “Removal”). Upon having their status revoked, they lose corresponding rights.