Valgard Murray, Allsherjargoði of the Ásatrú Alliance of Independent Kindreds, Inc. founded World Tree Publications in 1986 as a resource for the Ásatrú. The first resource of its kind, World Tree Publications served and supported both the Ásatrú artisans seeking an outlet for their works and the growing community of the Ásatrú seeking quality merchandise. Over twenty years later, World Tree Publications is synonymous with the largest selection of Þórr’s Hammers in Vinland.
In response to appeals from incarcerated ÁsaFolk, the World Tree Outreach Ministry quickly emerged as a provider of informational literature for the purpose of educating their respective institutions’ administrators about our religion. Valgard Murray wrote a series of informational flyers and pamphlets and distributed them free of charge. Since its inception, World Tree Publications has used all proceeds from catalog sales to fund and further the work of the World Tree Outreach Ministry.
As a result of the work of the World Tree Ministry, the following states have recognized Ásatrú behind the wire ~ Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Washington.
In addition, the World Tree Ministry is currently working with prison officials in the following states for either the recognition of Ásatrú or more inmate rights, such as the use and ownership of Runes ~ Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.