Forn Sidr (Forn See-dur) of America is a Norse Heathen faith denomination serving North America. We are a 501(c)(3) Church that aims to provide space, education, and connection for those seeking a compassionate Norse Heathen community. The practice of our faith is commonly referred to as “Heathenry”, “Norse Paganism”, or “Norse Polytheism.”
Many people today are familiar with some of the figures of our pantheon, such as Thor, Odin, Loki, and Freyja. However, our deities are just one facet of our earth-centered religion, which has its roots in the folk practices of Scandinavian Europe. While some may have heard of the beliefs of the “Ancient Norse” and “Vikings”, not as many know that these folk traditions are still alive and well today. We aim to provide space for, and education of, these traditions on North American soil.
The name of our organization, ‘Forn Sidr’, is an old word meaning “Ancient Custom”. The word comes from numerous ancient texts that record information about pre-Christian Scandinavian beliefs. These historical texts are vital to our current understanding the Norse Gods, their cosmology, and their stories. Some of their titles include the Poetic Edda, the Prose Edda, various Norse and Germanic Sagas, Gesta Danorum, and more. Other important informative sources for American Forn Sidr Heathenry include oral traditions.
As a Humanist denomination of Norse Heathenry, Forn Sidr of America seeks to uphold the religious identity that serves the needs, beliefs, and lifestyle of the practitioner. This we place before any doctrines, creeds, or dogmas. We seek spiritual connection with the natural world through the powers and deities of Norse cosmology, though study of metaphysical wisdom, and through fellowship with humankind. As a Universalist denomination, we invite anyone to practice Forn Sidr who finds meaning and fulfillment in these beliefs, regardless of ancestral heritage or other factors of identity.
Our practices are done with respect to the indigenous cultures that were here on these lands before us.