We are Hellenion.
We are a diverse group of Hellenic polytheists, sharing the common goal of living a life, both common and individual, of piety and proper respect for the gods of Olympos and ancient Hellenic tradition.
We share ideas, passion for Hellenic Reconstructionism and its gods, and mutual dignity.
We bring libations, offerings, incense, and humility before the Deathless Ones.
We value liberty, tradition, ethical behavior, curiosity, tactful candor, honor, and common sense.
We work to support present and future Hellenic polytheists by sharing research, providing for religious needs of family and community alike, and establish a stable presence on which to found a lasting future for the practice of our faith.
We light the sacred flames, pour the wine, sing the hymns, and restore long-neglected tradition well worth preservation.
Whatever the world may think of us and what we do, we know we are bravely moving forward with what we know to be right. We know that we are not gods, and need no reminding that we are merely human.
We are merely human, but we are human! We have minds capable of compassion as well as research, wildness as well as reason, humor as well as piety. We are capable of understanding geometry, law, philosophy, art. We are capable of contemplating our own existence, its end, and questions of how one should live one's life in between.
We respect one another's right to learn, think, and choose. But we come together, lending each voice in one chorus.
Our diversity does not drive us apart, but adds to our perspective. Together we are more than we would ever be in separation.
Hellenion is a Hellenic polytheist organization that began online with the intent of drawing together the classical Pagan community to promote fellowship, free exchange of ideas, scholarship, and spirituality. In May, 2001 we incorporated as a religious nonprofit in the state of California, and by the end of the year had established three local congregations. We attained 501(c)(3) status in September 2002.
We are named for a Greek temple set in a foreign land; as most of us are not natives of Hellas, we are still as committed as any born there to the ancient Greek gods. We do not feel that heritage is necessary to be involved in Hellenic spirituality; our gods choose as they will and we are Hellenes in spirit.
Our Mission Statement is entitled "What We Mean by Hellenic Pagan Reconstructionism". It is based on a similar statement from another reconstructionist organization devoted to ancient Celtic studies called IMBAS. (We are grateful to the leadership of IMBAS for permission to use and modify their statement.)
As a non-profit organization, we gladly accept donations from those willing to contribute to the cause of honoring the Hellenic gods .
It has come to our attention that some of you may have been directed here because of a link from another site (ie., Church of Hellenes). Please be aware that although we support our Hellenic Pagan co-religionists around the world, and are sympathetic to the plight of those who live in countries where they face oppression, Hellenion does not advocate culture wars or bloodshed as a means of advancing the religion of the Gods of Olympus. Nor do we support those Hellenic Pagan organizations which support racism, misogyny, homophobia, or discrimination of any kind.
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