Aims

 

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.

 

Anglo Saxon Christianity grew out of a fusion of the British/Celtic and Roman missions to the Angelcyn in the days before the Norman Conquest. The Celtic tradition pre-dates the Roman Church and was established by St Joseph of Arimathea himself. It also continued elements of the religion of the Druids. However, 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.

 

However, whilst the Church sought to absorb some customs and beliefs, it ruthlessly suppressed those that it considered to be contrary to its doctrine or a potential threat to its authority. Instead of seeking to fulfil the old beliefs and practices with the teachings of Christ, it imposed a new religion based on the doctrines and traditions of the Church. The EFC is intended to present a view of what might have been, if more of our ancient traditions and beliefs had been refined and developed by the Word of Christ into a genuine form of folk Christianity rather than largely replaced by the institution of the Church.  

 

Our aim is to develop a form of English Folk Christianity, both in the sense of celebrating our folk customs, but also by engaging with our ancient pre-Christian beliefs and mythology and the Saxon heroic culture that led to medieval Chivalry. We want to restore the bonds between Folk and Faith and help create resilient and healthy indigenous communities. We aim to present religious ideas, practices and prayers which an individual or community can use in addition to any formal affiliation to a Church denomination or none. We hope to offer ideas that people can use to supplement their religious and spiritual lives.

 

We will promote Christianity with 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 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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