Category Archives: CONGRESS

The Pagans’ Letter to the Pope The Committee for the Pope’s Millennium Apology

Easter / Earth Day, April 23, 2000
Pope John Paul II
Vatican City

Your Holiness:

In November of 1999, this Committee sent to you a letter bearing 1,643 signatures representing the many millions of Pagans worldwide, and requesting the inclusion of our Pagan forebears (i.e. peoples of indigenous pre-Christian religious beliefs and cultures) in your March 12, 2000 Mass of Pardon: “Universal Prayer; Confession of Sins and Asking for Forgiveness.” Continue reading The Pagans’ Letter to the Pope The Committee for the Pope’s Millennium Apology

The 1999 WCER Congress Report by Denis Dornoy (16th – 19th August 1999)

The 1999 WCER Congress (16th – 19th August 1999)

Report by Denis Dornoy

The 2nd World Congress of Etnic Religions was held from the 16th to the 19th August 1999 in Telsiai, Lithuania.

Telsiai is situated in the province of Samogitia, in Western Lithuania.

Samogitia was, for several centuries, at the frontline of resistance against the Christian crusaders (the Teutonic knights).

The conference itself took place in a house in the outskirt of the city, built and decorated in traditional Lithuanian style by its owner, Adolfas Gedvilas.

A sacred fire has been maintained in the house since 1994.

You may visit the Manor of King Ringaudas website to learn more about this wondeful location.

At the end of the first day, participants took part in a fire ritual situated a ceremony on the nearby Satrija Hill.

The ceremony was organised by Romuva, with active participation of the Greek representatives.

The meetings took place in the main hall, and ended with a dance evening offered by the local traditional music ensemble.

The next day, participant were invited to a excursion to the nearby city of Klaipeda and the Baltic coast.

Continue reading The 1999 WCER Congress Report by Denis Dornoy (16th – 19th August 1999)

Do the Gods Exist? by Michael York

Can they be found sitting somewher on thrones or perhaps in the thrones of physical embrace with one of us mere but lucky mortals? Perhaps sometimes is the answer. But whatever they are, they belong in part if not in essence to the supernatural, the preternatural or the superempirical. In other words, the vector of possibility allows them to manifest to us but not for us to access them in any direct or demonstrable manner. The nonempirical is simply beyond the natural world which we can approach, measure and test through science. This is not to say that it simply does not exist but that it exists differently. If this were not so, it would not be the magical otherworld that it is. Continue reading Do the Gods Exist? by Michael York

The Akha People a report by Matthew McDaniel

The Akha tribe lives in the North of Tailand. Up to now, the people of Akha have preserved their unique ethnic culture and faith. They are now feeling great pressure from Christian missionaires. The people of Akha are constantly under the threat of disappearance. Mathew McDaniel lives with them and tries to help them. He also keeps the members of WCER informed about the news and events affecting the Akha people through the internet. The information we get demonstrates the actual tragedy created by the disturbance of a living traditional culture. Here is one of his latest reports. Continue reading The Akha People a report by Matthew McDaniel

Earth is our Mother a paper by P. Parameswaran President, Vivekananda Kendra, Kenyakumar, Bharat (India)

Written for the 2nd Conference of the WCER

I consider it a privilege to present a paper in this international conference, representing Hinduism and also Vivekananda Kendra – a spiritually oriented institution and a dynamic movement established to commemmorate the memory of Swami Vivekananda and to translate his world-vision into practice. Continue reading Earth is our Mother a paper by P. Parameswaran President, Vivekananda Kendra, Kenyakumar, Bharat (India)

Paganism as a Metagrid of the Future a paper by Prof. Lokesh Chandra Written for the 2nd Conference of the WCER

The New Encyclopaedia Britannica (15th edition, 1979) defines paganism as “practices and beliefs that are incompatible with monotheism; it thus often designates what is neither Christian, Jewish nor Islamic”. In positive terms Paganism is a seeking of the symbols of consciousness, a way to wisdom, a resonating integrity of the multiple. Continue reading Paganism as a Metagrid of the Future a paper by Prof. Lokesh Chandra Written for the 2nd Conference of the WCER

A speech by Koenraad Logghe given at the 2nd Conference of WCER, August 11, 1999

Dear spiritual sisters and brethren

One year after we gathered in Vilnius, we are now together in Telsiai. One year of experience, one year of searching, of comparing ideas, one year of – sometimes heavy – discussions, one year of friendship, one year of efforts to see how we could collaborate. Some persons have worked very hard to realise a dream that many of us have. Continue reading A speech by Koenraad Logghe given at the 2nd Conference of WCER, August 11, 1999

Paganism or the rediscovery of Identity by Jormundur Ingi, at Pagan Conference in Antverpen, March 7th, 1999

Paganism or the rediscovery of Identity by Jormundur Ingi, Allherjarsgodi of the Asatru Felagidh, Iceland presented at Pagan Conference in Antverpen, March 7th, 1999

We do not recreate, we rediscover. If we are going to help or support others, we have to start with ourselves. How well have we managed to recreate or rebuild our old ways and customs, this is of course something everybody must answer for him- or her-self. How can we recreate something as fundamental as religion and the customs of our ancestors. Continue reading Paganism or the rediscovery of Identity by Jormundur Ingi, at Pagan Conference in Antverpen, March 7th, 1999

QUOTE: From the constitution Forn Sed (Norway)

The old tradition is not a secret order, she had no hierarchy, no leaders with extravagant titles, as in many modern Asatru organizations in Norway and other countries. We also do not need the clergy, ptomu that it is contrary to our traditions. The old tradition is not a re-creation as claimed by many, it has survived, thanks to popular belief, traditions and myths, having existed for thousands of years without the religious leaders and hierarchy.

The first congress WCER Vilnius, report by Jonas Trinkunas, Lithuania, June 1998

Author: Jonas Trinkunas (Lithuania)

Raza Festival, held at the summer solstice in 1998 in Vilnius, the meeting witnessed a large group of representatives of the pre-Christian or pagan faiths of Europe, USA and India. Such groups exist to Svema the world, including most of Europe. Their isolation had come to an end, and nastoalo time to exchange ideas and to overcome common obstacles. Continue reading The first congress WCER Vilnius, report by Jonas Trinkunas, Lithuania, June 1998