What is an Affiliated Kindred?

Kindred Affiliation Program

Awaken the North

 

        One of the great benefits of being a member of Awaken the North (AtN) is our Kindred Affiliation Program. This program serves to help local Heathens in a few different ways. To start, anyone can form a Kindred at anytime, anywhere in the world. You do not need to be a Goðar to establish a Kindred. If you and some friends want to get together and worship the Gods as a community, then have at it! That said, there are some things you might be interested in that could help your Kindred grow and become successful.

 

        By and far the biggest perk of being an affiliated Kindred with Awaken the North is the benefit of being included under our umbrella with our 501(c)3 Non-Profit Religious Organization status with the U.S. government once that is achieved (expected February 2022). Having nonprofit status can help you make the most bang for your organization’s buck, and tax-deductibility can be a strong carrot to encourage your community to give and get involved with your projects.

 

        Once approved, you will also receive a “Kindred Welcome Packet” from AtN. This packet includes an oath ring, consecrated and tied to the main Awaken the North oath ring, held by our Chancellor of Religious Studies and High Goðar, as well as a custom pyrographed Hlautbowl, or consecrated offering bowl, among other items to help with ceremonies.

 

        Which brings us to the next subject. One of the best things about the Kindred Affiliation Program (KAP) is that you get a discount on all religious training. That’s right! On top of the exclusive access to the religious and related training you get as a member of AtN, you will also get a discount just for being affiliated with us. This is helpful for those who want to serve their Kindred as a Goðar, and for those who just want a little extra knowledge.

 

        Another great perk, is that we list your Kindred on our website and in our newsletters. This helps other Heathens in your area connect with you and further promotes networking as well as growth of our faith. After all, it can get kind of lonely sitting by yourself around the fire! We will display your Kindred’s name, social media links, website URLS, and/or contact information under your associated city/state/country. You can also update this information at any time by emailing the Chair of the Kindred Affiliation Program.

 

        Along with listings and discounts on Goðar and religious training, the KAP also offers exclusive access to materials designed to help you and AtN flourish. You’ll get access to pamphlets and other informational tools that you can use to help the public better understand what it is we believe and practice. You’ll have access to our official AtN public ritual (you are not required to utilize this ritual as we are non-Dogmatic, but it’s a free resource) that can help you lead public events at Pagan festivals and other gatherings.

 

        You will also have access to an exclusive Facebook group and Discord channel for KAP members only. This can help you find other groups in your area as well as give you the chance to learn or share ideas with other Kindreds. Also, ALL members of the Kindred get access to these perks, not just a select few. We recognize that not every Kindred has a Thane or even wants an elected leadership, so we are extending these perks to all members who are part of a KAP. No matter how big or small your Kindred is, we want to make sure that we treat all members of it (as well as the Kindred as a whole) with the utmost respect!

 

        If you are interested in being a part of the KAP please click the “apply” link below. Fill out the application with the necessary information and submit it to our Chair of the Kindred Affiliation Program. Once the application is submitted please allow 24-72 hours for application approval. Once approved, your Kindred will receive an official welcome letter and certificate showing your official partnership with AtN. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of the Kindred Affiliation Program at the email listed on the Council page.

 

Affiliated Kindred requirements: 

In addition to having your paperwork in order (ByLaws, Code of Conduct, etc) and primary positions filled:

1.  *  At least one member must attend, and successfully pass, the Goðar Training Course through AtN. (May be done after affiliation.)

2.  *  Annual dues of $24 must be paid to remain in good standing.

3.  *  12 hours of documented community service must be performed by the Kindred annually.

Blessings of the Gods, ancestors, and wights, my friends! 

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