Heathens for Progress is a UK based organisation, promoting Heathenry.
Heathenry the most common name used in the UK for the modern Pagan belief inspired by the ancient pre-Christian religions of the Anglo-Saxons, Norse Peoples, Germans and Dutch.
HFP was established in 2004 by members and friends of the Chiltern Kindred in Buckinghamshire. The group's aims were to support the Pagan liaison group PEBBLE and help campaign to win public recognition and legal rights for pagans. HFP are fully in support of PEBBLE's aim to promote paganism as one diverse faith and Heathens will greatly benefit by working closely with the Wiccan/Witchcraft traditions and Druidism. Together the three traditions number over 40,000 individuals based on the results of the last national census, making paganism the seventh largest faith in the UK.
HFP is now one of the most influential British Heathen groups and has over 200 individual members spread across the UK.
Tolerance is very important to members of HFP, not only the respect of gender, race and sexuality, but also the respect of different interpretations of the religion. Freedom of worship is one of the most valuable aspects of Heathenry and HFP works hard to preserve this.
HFP is a democratic group headed by a spokesperson, currently Thorskegga Thorn one of the group founders. Aspects of Heathen belief are regularly surveyed among the group members to ensure that information released by the group genuinely reflects widespread practice and not the opinion of one individual.
Individuals can become members of HFP by joining the group's internet forum. No charge is made for membership. Please visit the HFP website for details.
Elections for group officers are held every three years. All posts are administrative rather than religious.
Members of HFP are encouraged to be independent and to explore their own spirituality. No spiritual hierarchy is acknowledged and all members are considered as equals. The group runs an internet forum where research and ideas can be shared.
HFP also provides a local networking service for heathens, chat areas and many specialist discussion areas on the group's Forum. The group hold regular meetings in the London area and hopes to host meetings in the North of England in due course.
Local autonomous groups are called Kindreds or Hearths, they each have their distinct preferences for gods and goddesses, festivals celebrated and styles of ritual.