Joining


If you find a friend you fully trust
And wish for his good-will,
exchange thoughts
exchange gifts,
Go often to his house.

-Havamal

Hailsa, new friends are always welcome here. If you are interested in learning how a person goes about joining a kindred, specifically the Eagle Kindred of Idaho, there are a few things we like everyone to be aware of:

First and foremost, the Eagle Kindred of Idaho is a member of, and therefore subject to the by-laws of, the Asatru Alliance. The Asatru Alliance is apolitical; it is not a front for, nor shall it promote any political views of the 'Right' or 'Left'. Our Sacred temples, groves and Moots shall remain free of any political manifestations. Any manifestations of political activity is outlawed by the By Laws of the Asatru Alliance.

We are a kindred that is dedicated to keeping the Frith. Frith is peace and harmony- the absence of strife. As stated on the AA's website, “We do not practice, preach, or promote hatred, bigotry, or racism. We believe that Northern Europeans can believe in and promote their own culture and heritage in a positive manner, this is expressed through our native religion, Asatru.” Those who can not keep the Frith will be asked to leave.

Your membership depends upon your participation or how active you choose to be. There are two different kinds of membership: Voting and Non-Voting. As the EKI's by-laws state, “Voting members are considered part of the family, which is what a Kindred is. Voting membership requires effort and commitment to maintaining and ongoing building of the Kindred. Non-voting members have a way to belong to the Kindred, but without the obligations of voting members.”

Why do you have to wait 9 months from your first kindred meeting before being considered for membership? Because we want to get to know you!

Membership Qualifications

These are the conditions under which a person is eligible to be considered by the Kindred for membership.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age, be emancipated, or have parental consent.

Voting

  • 9 months minimum from first attendance. Minimum 2/3 blots attended. Must be Asatru and may not be active in any conflicting religious group. First spiritual allegiance must be to the Kindred. It is recommended to attend social events and other meetings.

  • Ask for membership, or be invited. Interview with the Gothi or Gythia to be sure there is an understanding of what the membership involves.

Non-voting

  • Minimum 9 months from first attendance. Minimum 1/3 blots attendance. Must be Asatru and may not be active in any conflicting religious group. Recommended to attend social events and other meetings. These requirements are intended to give the Kindred a chance to get to know the person. Process to Obtain Membership This is what a person needs to do to be considered for membership.

  • Ask for membership, or be invited. Interview with the Gothi or Gythia to be sure there is an understanding of what the membership involves.

Process to Determine Membership

This is what the Kindred needs to do to approve a person for membership.

  • Meeting all voting members for discussion followed by a vote.

  • If the vote does not pass, the members need to work with the person on what needs to be done to correct the reasons for the failed vote.

  • Unanimous decision required to approve voting membership.

  • Simple majority required to approve non-voting membership.

Requirements to Keep Membership

This is what a person needs to do to retain membership.

  • Voting members held to higher standards.

  • Must be Asatru and may not be active in any conflicting religious group. First spiritual allegiance must be to the Kindred.

  • Minimum 2/3 blots attended. If unable to attend for valid reasons, keep in touch and attend whenever possible. Failure to contact the Kindred for six months may result in membership change to non-voting membership.

  • Recommended to attend social events and other meetings.

  • Non-voting members do not have the same requirements as voting members.

  • Retain membership until resignation, unless the voting members terminate membership for actions the Kindred determines to be detrimental to the Kindred.

Process to Revoke Membership

This is what the Kindred needs to do to remove a person from membership.

  • A unanimous vote of the other members is required to revoke any membership, or to change a voting membership to a non-voting membership.

  • The voting members may terminate any person's membership for actions detrimental to the Kindred.

  • If the Kindred does not hear from a voting member for 6 months, it will attempt to contact them 3 times. If there is no return involvement, the voting members will consider changing the membership level from voting membership to non-voting membership. The voting membership may decide to contact any non-voting members who have not contacted the Kindred in over a year to inquire if they would like to retain or resign their non-voting membership.


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