Seeking to distance ourselves from beliefs and values we did not agree with, we left the Kindred we were members of, and started something completely new and unique. Not another X of Y Kindred. But a Commonwealth.
Seeking to organize and govern ourselves; we drafted, approved and adopted a constitution and bylaws, and a parliamentary procedure by which to operate.
Seeking to take a definitive stance on several hot topic issues in Heathenry and Paganism, we drafted and adopted The New Heritage Charter.
Seeking a private space, to retreat to, from the arena of daily life, we bought land.
Seeking to be authentic to who we are becoming, we reframed how we view, define, and label ourselves.
This weekend at the Althing, we amended our bylaws, and the charter, to reflect these changes. And, perhaps more interestingly, we held our elections..
We have had thoughtful discussions on the topic many times in over the last few weeks. Open and honest talks about who would do well, and what would be best for the community as whole. Especially considering the critical work yet to be done.
In my year as Goði I performed the first Kinnish Wedding, a funeral, and two of my favorite rites - Baby Namings! We joking say that we don't actively seek to recruit new members - because we just make our own.
My mission, as the Goði, has been to provide spiritual care and support to my community, and to perform religious rites and ceremonies that serve to meet the needs of the Commonwealth.
I left that position feeling confident that I have accomplished that mission, in accordance with my own personally high standards. And I admit that I accepted my new role as Vikti with giddy-gleeful excitement. (Much more to come on that topic)
Arguably, the most interesting outcome of the Althing, was the election of our new Lawspeaker. As previously mentioned, we don't keep to the traditional Grand Poobah model of leadership. That being said, Lawspeaker is still a critical role in our community, which is why that responsibility was given to a woman.
Wife. Mother. Athlete. Yogi-mom. Kinnish Community Leader.
Hail the Gods. Hail the Ancestors. Hail the Vaknir.
Hail the Chief.. tain.. ess..