The English Folk Church offers a different perspective on the Christian faith. Our aim is to build a form of Christianity that is rooted in the Gospels, but which also acknowledges and celebrates the wisdom of our pre-Christian traditions which both precede the birth of Christ into our world and which continue to provide valuable insights into the nature of God and the divine will. Our aim is not to reconstruct the past, but rather to build an English Folk Christianity that draws from it. We believe that folk Christianity is a positive way of practising the faith as it speaks to the folk soul of different people and is more natural to them than any imposed ‘alien’ tradition. This was to some extent always recognised by the Church as it sought to expand into the European lands and in practice the Christianity that emerged from this process was at least in part formed by the older traditions of our ancestors. Our aim is to recapture and build on this blending of the two traditions to create a genuine folk Christianity for the English people.
The EFC will therefore be looking at Christianity through the lens of our Anglo Saxon English folk soul and spirit, understanding Jesus in that context. We will promote Christianity with our traditional values, world view and character which we believe are fundamentally the same as they always have been. We will present Christ as a great teacher through whom God spoke and dwelt amongst us. Our Christ is not the passive figure of modern Judeao-Christianity, but rather a noble Saxon warrior for good and crusader against evil. We will celebrate many of our ancient customs and beliefs as true fore-tellings of the faith to come and glory in their completion in the Christian faith.
We believe that our modern world has become too detached from the natural world. We see the spirit of God existing within and around all created matter and our Mother Earth as being alive in that spirit. We do not worship the earth and all she nourishes, but we do revere the divine spirit that flows through her and all creation as part of the one God we do worship. We therefore encourage people to connect more with the natural world. This might be through visiting the countryside if we live in urban areas, growing our own food and understanding how modern life and values can harm the environment. But it may also mean holding outdoor religious services and even establishing agrarian and semi-agrarian communities.
We will foster a strong sense of Anglo Saxon identity and community, based around the family and clan group. We will encourage a positive spiritual life; prayers, blessings and short ceremonies that can be performed in the home and in small family gatherings. We will provide an additional ‘layer’ of spirituality that people can add to their existing practice and Church allegiance whilst also building the basis of an entirely new denomination. We will promote the idea of religious practice being embedded within our cultural and social life and encourage religious ceremonies to be carried out as part of clan get-togethers. This will provide a spiritual underpinning for the Anglo Saxon community to mix amongst itself, to marry within the extended community and to raise strong families within the security of the wider folk group. This is what is meant by being folkish.
A folk religion is an ethnic religion, particular to a specific ethnic group and is not universalist. Whilst all people can come to Christ and be called Christian in a single body of Christ, folkish Christianity rejects the idea that this means there are no differences between us. We see our ‘folk’ as primarily those of north west European origin; the Celtic and Saxon peoples.
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