The Asatru Folk Assembly is at a new all time high and we are only getting stronger! What an amazing June and what a powerful start to the AFA year! Traditionally the AFA year runs from Midsummer to Midsummer. With a new year we have a new focus, for the next 3 years we will focus on Immortality and the symbol to guide that focus over the next year is the Trihorns. I have to say we are extremely well positioned to start that focus on Immortality. At present, the AFA has more members than ever before, we have members across the United States and internationally in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. We have 20 AFA Kindreds in the first 2 years of our Kindred Program, Kindreds all over the country but also in Sweden and New Zealand. This year’s Gothar class is 10 students ( and that is just counting the ones who were accepted this time around), that is more than twice any previous year. Midsummer at Óðinshof set a new attendance record for any AFA event!
What is perhaps most amazing is that, while seeing a meteoric rise in both membership and participation, we have seen an equally impressive rise in the quality and dedication of our membership. I never cease to be amazed at our AFA family, you all are the cream of the crop. I mentioned earlier that we are focusing on Immortality, we will talk more on that over the coming year. I would like to conclude by asking you to keep the idea of Immortality on your mind, Immortality for yourself ( building a legacy and developing your wod self), Immortality for the AFA (helping your AFA family build our church in a way for it to last for all time), and Immortality of our folk (taking care of our own, building our people, proud and unique, recapturing the dignity and creativity that shaped this world and will shape worlds to come).

Hail the Gods!
Hail the Folk!
Hail the AFA!

Matthew D. Flavel
Alsherjargothi
Asatru Folk Assembly
mattflavel@runestone.org

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