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A Fierce and Tender Wisdom: Reclaiming the Feminine Across Spiritual Traditions - An Evening with Mirabai Starr & Ann Holmes Redding

November 12, 2019

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Mirabai Starr is one of the world’s foremost writers on what many are calling "The Divine Feminine."

Ann Holmes Redding is an author, university lecturer and former Episcopal priest who honors Islam alongside her Christian belief.

In this extraordinary SDI event, these far-sighted and deep-hearted women will join together to explore and model cooperative feminine leadership in these turbulent times.

On November 12, 2019 Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center auditorium will transform into a sanctuary space. We will welcome the subversive wisdom and fierce compassion of feminine mystics across many traditions. And we will recognize the rise of women's wisdom and women's voices in spiritual and secular spaces in our region.

If you heard Mirabai speak at Seeking Connection 2018 in St. Louis, you know she has an uncanny ability to be both relaxed and full of spiritual fire. Her approach is intimate and conversational even though she addresses issues that are global and universal. She has a knack for bringing the transcendent into the everyday, for witnessing beauty and tenderness while she encourages us to stand strong - "fierce" she would say - with our deepest connection inspiring us to compassionate action.

Ann has the contemplative range to be fully present as both a Christian and a Muslim. A priest for 25 years in the Episcopal church, she had the courage and integrity to honor a deep and powerful call to join Islam while maintaining her Christian faith. She remains one of the Northwest's inter-faith trailblazers.

Mirabai and Ann exemplify a collective response to a collective call – a call for the rise of the feminine in response to the toxicity of unbalanced masculine rule.

Join us for an evening of  interactive, sacred celebration that reclaims a central role for women’s voices in spiritual spaces.

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This is an evening for everyone to join together as we welcome the mystic energy of the feminine. We will honor great women who have opened the gates of mystery so that we may enter and be whole. With Mirabai Starr and Ann Holmes Redding as guides, this is a chance to create contemplative community and re-animate ancient wisdom in your own life.


November 12, 2019. 7 PM


Meydenbauer Center

11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, Washington 98004, USA


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Mirabai Starr taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. She has written several critically acclaimed non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She is a certified bereavement counselor. Her latest book is Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics.

Ann Holmes Redding, Ph.D., speaks locally and nationally on what she’s been learning since the convergence of Islam with her Christian belief and practice in 2006. A teacher, speaker, writer, singer, and spiritual guide, Ann was an Episcopal priest for 25 years. She currently teaches at University of Puget Sound and leads Friday Islamic Prayer at the Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Seattle. She is co-author of Out of Darkness Into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Quran with Reflections from Jewish and Christian Sources.


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Mirabai's Latest Book


WILD MERCY: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics is a journey of awakening. Mirabai invokes and chronicles the feminine mystic, one who gathers the pain of the world into her arms and transmutes it with “wild mercy”—a merging of fierce courage with the unstoppable forces of forgiveness, compassion, and love.

“Women across cultural boundaries are rising with our echoing yes in response to the collective call to step up and repair the broken world,” writes Mirabai Starr. “We are rooting ourselves in our resounding no in the face of injustice to our fellow human beings and our Mother Earth.”

With Wild Mercy, Starr inspires us to awaken our own inner mystic as we immerse ourselves in the guidance of sages such as Teresa of Ávila, Mary Magdalene, Hildegard of Bingen, the ecstatic poet Mirabai, and the Sufi saint Rabia Basri. The book also invites us to join with the archetypal energies of figures like Kuan Yin, Tara, Kali, Sophia, and the Shekinah.  All these mystics are presented so that we may find the light to guide our own journey of spiritual awakening and service in the world.



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