Volkshof Kindred, a Heathen 501c3 organization located in the Twin Cities, recently purchased a building to be used as a Hof. A Hof is the name for a temple building in Old Norse. The group says this is the first dedicated, group-owned, public Heathen Hof in North America. The residential building, which the group is currently renovating, is located in a northern Minneapolis suburb.
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Hof location: 5319 Oliver Ave N, Brooklyn Center, MN
To donate: Paypal (link on website) or send cash or check
to PO Box 290241 Minneapolis, MN 55429.
Donations are tax-deductible.
For more information: email Webmaster@volkshofkindred.com
The Kindred says the Hof will provide space for their board meetings, rituals, symbels and other religious and social activities. It’s also available to other Heathen groups to rent for workshops or retreats. Previously, the group met at the home of one of the group members. As the Kindred desired to have a public Hof, Chris ‘Gunnar’ Miller, who heads the Hof, says continuing to meet in a private home was no longer a viable option, “As a public entity, we have a responsibility to open our doors to newcomers. This sometimes means opening our doors to strangers, which carries a much higher potential for problems when our meeting space is someone’s home. In addition, as our kindred and our regional circle of friends widens, we are becoming more pressed for space when we get together, which has become more and more stressful for me and for my family. We needed and wanted a space that was truly sacred and dedicated to the gods and goddesses and that was the responsibility of the group. We wanted a space and a resource that we could share with the larger community to foster the growth of our folkway.” Miller hopes that this will be the first of many dedicated, group-owned Hofs in the United States. He feels public Hofs could lend Heathenry some legitimacy and credibility.
Miller says the building was purchased through a fundraising effort that started several years ago, “So far, our fundraising has been slow and steady in general, although we were able to obtain a building much sooner than expected due to the very generous donations of a few friends. Now that we have the property, we need to continue raising money to repair and remodel the space, and on an ongoing basis to cover operational expenses such as property taxes, utilities, maintenance, etc. We are in the process of creating a short and long-term budget plan that will give us a better idea of how much money we will need on an ongoing basis.”
He stated that persons who donate “notable amounts” will be commemorated with a plaque in the new Hof.