The English Folk Church aims to develop a form of English Folk Christianity which draws both from the wisdom of Jesus of Nazareth as well as our pre-Christian beliefs and folk customs. We are not bound to the doctrines of the Church, but rather we seek to understand Jesus’ teachings in the context of our folk culture and that of our Anglo Saxon ancestors. The English have not always been Christian. We believe that there has been a great deal of cultural continuity from our pre-Christian world, through conversion to Christianity and into our modern day world and that this has led to a unique Saxon Christian ethos, traditions and folklore which are part of our identity and English folk soul.
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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