Contributor Reading: Mirabai Starr

From secular, New York and Jewish parents who rejected the patriarchy of institutionalized religion comes Mirabai Star.

This belief-system non-subscriber surprises a Santa Fe audience with her forward to, “How Do You Pray?”

Mirabai has been an adjunct professor of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos since 1993. Her emphasis: peace and justice from connecting the central teachings of the world’s spiritual paths. She speaks internationally about the mystics, contemplative practice and now, ways we connect through prayer.

Her youngest daughter, Jenny (age 14), was killed in a 2001 car accident – the same day, Mirabai’s first book, a translation of “Dark Night of the Soul”, was released. She considers this experience, and the connection between profound loss and longing for God, the ground of her own spiritual life.