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Odinist Fellowship

Odinist Fellowship

The Odinist Fellowship was the name of an early Odinist organization, founded by Else Christensen and her husband Alex Christensen in Canada in 1969. There is also a British group called the Odinist Fellowship, which has recognition as a registered charity in the UK.

USA

Initially called the Odinist Study Group, Christensen's group was renamed the Odinist Fellowship in approximately 1971, around the time of Alex's death and Else's relocation to Florida, USA.

For many years, The Odinist Fellowship published a periodical called The Odinist out of Crystal River, Florida. Since Else died in 2005, her Odinist Fellowship dissolved, with much of the membership transferring to the Odinic Rite. The last known chapter of the US Odinist Fellowship is based in Florida, and is called the Kindred Folk.

UK

The UK based Odinist Fellowship was established by Ralph Harrison ("Ingvar") in 1988 and is unaffiliated with the US organization founded by Christensen. The British Odinist Fellowship is registered under English law as a religious charity.

A notable achievement of the British OF was to gain legal recognition for the Odinist religion in the case of "Holden v Royal Mail PLC(2006)", when a ruling was made to declare that Odinism is to be recognized as a religion for the purposes of anti-discrimination legislation.

According to its website, the Odinist Fellowship is planning to "institute a network of [Odinist] temples in every [British] county, and in every major town and city up and down the land".

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