AFA Clergy Program
Attention! Please note: YOU MUST BE AN AFA MEMBER for a minimum of one year in order to qualify, or apply to enter the AFA clergy program. Please read this entire article and have a basic understanding of the pre-requisites necessary to apply to enter this program.
Hail the Folk!
We are currently accepting applications from qualified individuals. Let me explain to everyone how this will work. The first applicants to be accepted will be qualified AFA members who are already serving as Godhi's and Gydhia's to their respective communities and/or Kindred's. The reason for this is so that these folks will be able to complete the course in a shorter time than usual and then take on instructing a new student themselves. Every graduate of the AFA's clergy course will be required to take on a student after completion of the course. This way the course will be self replicating and we'll be adding new Clergy guides as we take on new students. Participation will be limited at first but eventually we'll have enough members of the clergy to admit folks to the course with little or no delay. If you're interested in entering this program and you feel that you have the necessary qualifications, go to the files section where you'll find the clergy application. Everyone who is accepted will be notified as openings become available.
Thank you for all your patience and I look forward to working with you in the future!
Clergy Reading List
Unfortunately, because we live in a cut and paste cyber world, we no longer offer the contents of the reading list. The reason for this decision is to protect the integrity and content of our clergy program from theft, copying, and plagiarism by individuals and other organizations. Access to the entire reading list will be granted to those who are accepted into the clergy program. However here's a partial list you must read prior to entry into the program:
- Living Asatru, Stephen McNallen
- Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe, [Davidson, 1988]
- Poetic Edda, Chisholm translation (PDF version is available from us)
- Prose Edda
- Volsunga Saga
AFA Clergy Board statement on prison ministry
The AFA does not participate in any form of prison ministry. Nor does the AFA give counsel or recommendations to state or federal prison authorities concerning the religion of Asatru or prison ministry policies in general. Ordained AFA gothar may minister in prison, but not in an official capacity representing the AFA. They may not use their AFA credentials to gain entrance to prisons or to conduct rituals in prison.