Friday, August 28, 2015

The Danger We Face Right Now

As of this morning, we have raised $39,036  -  52% of our goal  for the hof -  and we have only 16 days left in our campaign.  We've hit a serious stall, and we need to break out in the next few days if we are to succeed.

Doldrums like this are absolutely typical for crowdfunding campaigns, so this wasn't unexpected.  We're not in panic mode, but we are concerned.  The big challenge is this:  What will we do about it? 

Many of you have been generous, and more than a few of you have been fantastically so!  If, however, you haven't made a donation, please do so now!  This is the most important single project in the modern history of Asatru to date  -  bar none!  -  and we need your support.

To those who have already given, thank you!  Please (1) urge others to do so and (2) suggest venues where I might be able to reach a larger audience with our message.

You can join this historic endeavor at http://igg.me/at/newgrange.

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Donor to the Hof Fund Throws Down the Gauntlet!

The hof fund got a donation of $1,000 yesterday afternoon, from a contributor who wants to remain anonymous...and she sent on the following note:

"You are very welcome. I understand how important this is. I offer 10% of my yearly income. I know it isn’t much,but I challenge all others with the strength, courage and wisdom to do the same!" 

Think about it:  This person isn't rich, but her support for this project is rock-solid. She GETS IT.

Anyone out there care to accept her challenge?  Amounts of any size are accepted, of course...

You can contribute at http://igg.me/at/newgrange.

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
http://runestone.org

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Would You Defend the Temples of Our Gods?

A MESSAGE FROM BRAD TAYLOR-HICKS.....

Would you defend the Temples of our Gods?

I think I know the answer. I hope I do. I would like to think that if the time came and the call went out, that brave Asatruar from all points would gather and stand at that gate alongside me, whatever the threat might be.

How many of you then, you brave souls, who would be willing to lay down your lives, are willing to help build a temple?

How many would forgo a comfort? A steak dinner, or a video game, or a new TV?

How many of those souls will help us turn a hall, into a Hof? We're almost halfway to our goal, and every bit helps. $20, $200 or $2000. Help us establish the first of what we hope will grow into many temples across this nation. For the Gods, for the folk, for the future.

Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the Gate:
"To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his Gods."

-Horatius (Lord Thomas Macaulay)

If you have already donated to the Newgrange Hall - Asatru Hof fund, we thank you. If not, please donate to our campaign at the link below.
Brad Taylor-Hicks
Asatru Folk Assembly.

http://igg.me/at/newgrange.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Latest Red Ice Radio Interview Now on YouTube!

My Red Ice Radio interview on the hof project is now available on YouTube!

Easy to access, no muss no fuss no bother  -

"Asatru Hof: A Temple for the Norse Gods and Goddesses"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y1o_6bhw3s

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
http://runestone.org

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Comment from a Friend

Joseph Bloch, who writes a fine blog titled "Jon Upsal's Garden" (http://jonupsalsgarden.blogspot.com/) posted the following on his Facebook page:

"In honor of my once again returning to the ranks of the employed, I am doubling my pledge to the Asatru Folk Assembly's NewGrange Hall fundraising project...Especially in the middle of these sorts of fundraising campaigns, keeping up momentum is tough. If you can add even a little to your pledge, or make a new pledge of even a few dollars, it will help. Let's help them make their goal!"

Thank you, Joseph!  This is a crucial time in our campaign, and your boost is appreciated!

Donations are being accepted at http://igg.me/at/newgrange.

We're up to 41%, at $30,520, but we need to keep pushing!  The days are clicking by...

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
http://runestone.org

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Our Hof Fund is 40% of the Way to Our Goal!

As of this morning, we are 40% of the way to our goal, with a tidy $29,780 raise over the last 16 days!  We have also raised additional funds not counted as part of the Indiegogo total.  We have 25 days left in our campaign.

Recently, someone commented to the effect that "I hope you get that hof someday!"  Please understand, my friends, that this is NOT a someday, pie-in-the sky project...Trust me, we WILL have that hof  -  in a matter of days!  This is, so far as I know, by far the largest mobilization of money in the modern history of our native religion.  In this 40-day campaign, we have already attained a milestone in the revival of Asatru.  We are creating a new paradigm, not next year or even next month, but in the next few days! 

You can be a part of that.  Donations are being accepted at http://igg.me/at/newgrange.

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
http://runestone.org

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The AFA's Great Northwest Freyfaxi 2015 - Wow!

Sheila and I got home at about 2AM Monday morning, after a twelve-hour drive from Washington to our abode in California.  We were pretty well exhausted, yet buoyed by the memories of the weekend.  Here's a big congratulations to Elizabeth and Mac for an inspiring and motivating event!

This was the second Great Northwest Freyfaxi, fulfilling our promise to make this a recurring gathering of the Folk in the Northwest and beyond.  We did, however, draw people from far outside the area  -  from Montana, Texas, and Pennsylvania!  Attendance was good, and we made many new friends.

The rituals were memorable.  We filled our lungs with sea-air at Njord blot on the beach, as Mac flung a silver coin into the ocean an an offering to repay the God who gives us the "second harvest" from the depths.  We splashed in or through the tidal puddles afterwards, playing and leaping like children.  The Frey blot on Sunday was central to the purpose of the weekend, as we honored the Lord of the Vanir with mead and might.  My Odin bot was well received, and the sumbel that followed was exceptionally good.

Great Northwest Freyfaxi  -  an event to remember!  Our deep thanks to Mac and Elizabeth and Jane and all the folk who made it such a great success!

Be sure you look at the great photos over at https://www.facebook.com/events/1548657455393274/  -  they capture at least some of the great energy and joy!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly
http://runestone.org

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