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May 6, 2019
Race Against Hate

For the second year in a row, Thor's Oak Kindred has a team walking in the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate. We invite you to join us or donate to this worthy cause. With the poison of white nationalism spreading worldwide and using Ásatrú as a propaganda vehicle, it is no longer enough to post memes on social media and jump on hashtags. We need to act.

On June 16 in Evanston, the YWCA hosts the twentieth annual event in memory of Ricky Byrdsong, the Northwestern basketball coach murdered by a white supremacist in 1999 while walking in his neighborhood with his young children. On the same day, the shooter wounded six Orthodox Jews. Over the subsequent weekend, he killed a Korean-American graduate student and wounded an African-American minister before taking his own life.

All proceeds are used to further the YWCA's mission in the areas of racial justice and violence prevention. Their programs assist children in schools and youth organizations to challenge their own prejudices and foster healthy, violence-free relationships among their peers; support teenagers in examining their own relationships and practicing constructive ways to handle conflict and differences; and encourage adults to engage in constructive dialogue, interactive activities, and meaningful action as related to racial justice.

Help make a real difference in the real world. Register today and join us on the walk. If you don't live in the area, you can donate any amount small or large. Sign up to join our walking team or donate at events.ywcae-ns.org/goto/oak.


March 2, 2019
Leaving the Troth

As of December 19, 2018, Thor's Oak Kindred has ended our association with the Troth. We left the Troth Kindred Program, our goði (priest) left the Troth Clergy Program, and our members who belonged to the Troth canceled their individual memberships. We voted unanimously to leave the Troth due to irreconcilable differences over the organization's legal status, response to racism, issues with diversity, theology and practice, and board member roles.

We remain committed to being an inclusive Ásatrú community in Chicago and reaffirm pride in our diversity as we stand against all discrimination on the basis of race, sex, orientation, identity, origin, ancestry, age, or ability. Frustrated by options at the national level, we are working on forming a limited liability company (LLC) in the state of Illinois. As we formalize our legal status, we will reach out to the many Heathens who have asked about joining us.


March 21, 2018
Celebrating Springtime

On Friday, Thor's Oak Kindred celebrated Vanir Blót. In our Ásatrú practice, this annual event centers on peace, prosperity, love, and springtime. We honored deities Njörð, Nerthus, Frey, and Freyja. We thanked Sun, Moon, and land spirits. We performed our version of the Old Norse dramatic poem Skírnismál ("Sayings of Skírnir"). We remembered those now gone whose deeds have shaped our lives. We made personal offerings into the fire.

You can see photographs from the event on the new Thor's Oak Kindred Facebook page. Be sure to follow the page to learn more about who we are and what we do!


October 29, 2017
Our First Kindred Wedding

Today, the members of Thor's Oak Kindred celebrated a wedding together for the first time! Our goði (priest) worked with the couple to design an Ásatrú rite that reflected their love for and commitment to each other. At the center of the ceremony, the bride and groom held our oath ring and made formal oaths before Thor, Vor, kindred, and family. It was a beautiful ceremony on a perfect day.


June 20, 2017
A New Beginning on Midsummer

Today, the new Thor's Oak Kindred website goes live! We encourage you to click around and read our content. We've designed the site to introduce the kindred, share our news, let you know about our events, explain a bit about the Ásatrú religion, share links to sites we recommend, and provide a way to contact us. We hope you enjoy your visit, and we look forward to hearing from you!