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)
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, 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