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.
A video from a beautiful ceremony held on Palatino hills on 21thApril 2018 which was the 2771th anniversary of founding Rome. The ceremony was led by the ECER members (European Congress of Ethnic Religions) from several states of Europe.
A great four-day event, with the participation of delegations from fifteen European countries and a representation from the US, culminated in an intense and luminous common ritual on the sacred hill of the Palatine on the 2771st anniversary of Rome foundation, the “Dies Natali”. So it was the sixteenth Congress of the ECER – European Congress of Ethnic Religions, organized by the Movimento Tradizionale Romano on the theme “The pagan rituals and their sources” (19 – 22 April 2018), concluded in Rome with great success, thanks to the synergy of prestigious doctrinal and scientific contributions and an impeccable organization. Continue reading The Review of Saturnia Tellus for the ECER Congress in Rome 2018→
From 25 to 29 August, the city of Bologna in Italy hosted the European Congress of Ethnic religions. Referred to as ancient pre-Christian (pagan) or native (indigenous) religions. The first conference was held in Vilnius in 1998, and the for runner of this inter-religious union was named the “World Congress of Ethnic Religions. ” During the past 13-years this religious movement has been growing, and representatives meet regularly in other European countries. This year it was in Bologna with about 100 delegates from Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Russia. Continue reading The European Ethnic Religions Conference in 2010 (Oaks 7)→
The WCER delegates who gathered in Bologna, Italy (2010.08. 26-29) at our yearly conference came to the decision that from now on our name should be changed to European Congress of Ethnic Religions. The word “World” should be “European” instead. Why did we decide to focus only on Europe? Thirteen years have passed since the creation of the Congress in 1998 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Every year, conferences were organized in various European countries and it turned out that that the Congress actually unites only people of European indigenous traditions, even though the congress is open to all other traditions. Continue reading Bologne ECER Declaration-2, 29th of August, 2010→