Aims

 

 

 

 

 

King Raedwald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The English Folk Church aims to develop a form of English Folk Christianity that speaks to the English soul and helps support our English identity. Many of our pre-Christian beliefs and customs were absorbed and adapted into formal Christianity creating a unique folk Christianity and Saxon Christian ethos. Much of this has been lost over recent centuries, especially in recent years as the Church focuses more on social issues. However, as formal Christianity wanes in our lands and becomes increasingly cosmopolitan, we believe there is a need to restore the links between folk and faith.

 

 

 

The Anglo Saxon King Raedwald is our Patron. It is Raedwald who is widely believed to have been buried at Sutton Hoo. He famously maintained both a Christian and a Heathen alter seeking to retain the beliefs of his ancestors with those of the new faith. 

 

 

 

The Anglo Saxon English people are a distinct nation, bound together by common origins, culture, history and all those things that a shared sense of belonging entails. We are the Angelcyn, the indigenous people of England, and we assert our right to exist and to celebrate this identity. As such, we want to restore the bonds between Folk and Faith rather than the ‘one size fits all’ approach of the mainstream Churches.

 

 

 

 

We will promote a form of Christianity that holds to our traditional values, world view and character which we believe are fundamentally the same as they always have been. Our Christ is not the passive figure of modern Judeao-Christianity, but rather a noble Saxon warrior for good and crusader against evil. We recognise and celebrate many of our ancient customs and beliefs as true reflections of the voice of God and reject that our ancient Gods and Goddesses are devils. This was propaganda by the medieval Church as it sought to impose its own absolute rule on our people. Instead we see them as tribal Guardians, similar to angels, who have been appointed to guide and guard our folk as others have been appointed to different peoples to us. 

 

 

 

 

We also 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. 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.

 

 

 

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