Kirsten Rostedt is a Founding Elder and High Priestess in the Temple of Ara and serves as the Temple’s General Counsel. Kirsten became involved with the Earth-based spiritual community in the late 1980s, having grown up in a Catholic and agnostic home with a strong interest in feminism and social justice. She has studied and received degrees from several Pagan traditions. She has been featured in local and national media including Marie Claire, The View and Good Day New York. In addition to writing a regular column on parenting and spirituality in the Temple’s newsletter and blog, her writings have appeared in Green Egg and Circle. In addition to her work as a priestess, Kirsten is a mom and a practicing attorney with a strong interest in civil rights and liberties. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Iona College and a Juris Doctor from New York Law School.