The ECER mourns the passing of Vlassis G. Rassias, one of our founders and a member of our Board of Directors. Vlassis, the leader of the Supreme Council of Ethnic Hellenes (YSEE), was renowned as an author, speaker, and activist for the restoration of the Hellenic ancestral religion, as well as an advocate for other indigenous, ethnic religions throughout Europe. I grieve, personally, the loss of a dear friend and colleague, someone whom I deeply appreciated, respected and admired throughout the decade we worked together. This is a photo of Vlassis addressing the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, Canada last November, as part of a panel discussion that he, Inija Trinkuniene of Lithuania, and I presented there. On behalf of the ECER, I send our deep condolences to his family and community — we are all so much richer for having had Vlassis as part of our lives.
Andras Corban-Arthen President, European Congress of Ethnic Religions
The statement of Andras Corban-Arthen President, of European Congress of Ethnic Religions
As president of the European Congress of Ethnic Religions (ECER), I would like to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the unwillingness of the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) to recognize Romuva as an official religion in Lithuania. Romuva has fulfilled all the requirements to qualify for such a designation — it is a rapidly growing religion, whose members have creditably represented their homeland all over the world. Moreover, Romuva stands as one of the few remaining examples of the survival of European indigenous religions and cultures.
The Hellenic Ethnic Religion, at the invitation of the world-renowned religious institution “Parliament of the World’s Religions”, represented Greece and its long spiritual tradition at this year’s Toronto Canadian event (November 1-7, 2018, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre).
Inija Trinkūnienė is the Krivė (chief priestess) of Romuva, the indigenous religion of Lithuania, and a founding member of the European Congress of Ethnic Religions. Andras Corban-Arthen is spiritual director of the EarthSpirit Community, Vice-Chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and president of the European Congress of Ethnic Religions. Continue reading Inija Trinkūnienė and Andras Corban-Arthen at PWR Indigenous Plenary→