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European Congress of Ethnic Religions

European Congress of Ethnic Religions
Formation 1998
Type Ethnic and Traditional Paganism
Membership 11 organisations (2014)
Founder Jonas Trinkunas
Key people Jonas Trinkunas, Vlassis Rassias

The European Congress of Ethnic Religions (ECER) is an organisation for cooperation between associations which promote the "ethnic religions of Europe".[1] The primary goal of the ECER is the strengthening of what they identify as pre-Christian ethnic religious traditions of Europe, emphasizing and fostering their ties with the Neopagan movements with ethnic focus which had developed during the 1980s to 1990s.


The "World Pagan Congress" was hosted in June 1998 in [3]

Member organisations

Member organizations represent Baltic, Slavic, Germanic, Greek and Roman traditions.

As of 2014, member organizations listed on the ECER website are:[4]

  • Dávný obyčej (, Czech Republic
  • Forn Siðr, The Aesir and Vanir faith community in Denmark (, founding member)
  • Lithuanian Baltic religion Romuva (, founding member)
  • Rodzima Wiara – Polish Native Faith (founding member)
  • Slovenski Staroverci (Slovenia)
  • Society of the Ukrainian Native Faith “PRAVOSLAVYA” Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Supreme Council of Ethnikoi Hellenes (Ypato Symboulio Ellinon Ethnikon – YSEE) Greece
  • The Asatrufellowship in Denmark
  • Werkgroep Hagal (formerly Werkgroep Traditie, founding member), Belgium
  • “Associazione Tradizionale Pietas”, Italy

Former members:

  • Foreningen Forn Sed - Norway
  • Germanische Glaubens-Gemeinschaft Germany
  • Diipetes Greece
  • Groupe Druidique des Gaules France
  • Eldaring, Germany (2005-2009)
  • Federazione Pagana, Italy
  • Societas Hesperiana pro Culto Deorum, Italy
  • Dievturi Church
  • Rodzima Wiara Poland
  • Ásatrúarfélagið - Iceland

Chronology of the congresses

  1. Vilnius, Lithuania (1998)
  2. Telsiai, Lithuania (1999)
  3. Bradesiai, Lithuania (2000)
  4. Vilnius, Lithuania (2001), with delegates from the Vishva Hindu Parishad
  5. Vilnius, Lithuania (2002)
  6. Vilnius, Lithuania (2003) "Global Initiatives for Ethnic Cultures and Religions"
  7. Athens, Greece (2004) "The High Values Of The Pre-Christian Ethnic Traditions and Religions"
  8. Antwerp, Flanders (2005) "Spirituality and Tradition in an Anti-Traditional World"
  9. Jaipur, India (2006) "Spirituality Beyond Religions", in cooperation with the International Centre of Cultural Studies and the World Congress of Elders of Ancient Cultures and Traditions
  10. Riga-Jurmala-Sigulda, Latvia (2007) "The Spirit Will See New Light in the Turn of Ages"
  11. Jędrzychowice, Poland (2008)
  12. Nagpur, India (2009)
  13. Bologna, Italy (2010) "Ethics in Contemporary World"
  14. Odense, Denmark (2012)
  15. Prague, Czechia (2013)


  1. ^ "By Ethnic Religion, we mean religion, spirituality, and cosmology that is firmly grounded in a particular people's traditions. In our view, this does not include modern occult or ariosophic theories/ideologies, nor syncretic neo-religions. [...] The World Congress of Ethnic Religions was established in June 1998 at the initiative of delegates from 16 different countries (Europe, Asia and America). This happened in Vilnius, Lithuania, the last European country to resist the onslaught of Christianity." About ECER.
  2. ^ Michael Strmiska, Modern Paganism in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives, 2005 [ p. 276].
  3. ^ "voglio rivalutare e ridefinire il termine con cui ci riferiamo a noi stessi. Mi riferisco a WCER – World Congress of Ethnic Religions (Congresso Mondiale delle Religioni Etniche). C’è una parola che suggerisco di discutere: il cambio del termine ‘mondiale’ con ‘europeo’. Perciò il nome dell’associazione cambierebbe in ECER – European Congress of Ethnic Religions (Congresso europeo delle Religioni Etniche)" (
  4. ^ Organisations ECER

External links

  • ECER official website
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