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Kimberly Kirner

Kimberly Kirner is a cultural anthropologist, nature mystic, and animist Druid. Kim is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids and is one of the founders of Star and Stone Druid Fellowship in Southern California. She is also an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church with her partner. A professor of anthropology at California State University Northridge, her professional work centers on the relationships between cognition, emotion, and action and how these are shaped by place, community, and identity. Her research primarily focuses on environmental issues (particularly sustainability and environmental justice) and the intersection of religion and everyday action. As a Druid, she seeks to deepen her embodiment of ecocentric values in everyday life and her exploration of what it means to connect to the Divine through service to nature spirits. She pursues crafting secular actions for justice and sustainability alongside meaningful religious practices that can assist in developing the human capacity for liberation, peace, mindfulness, and love. When not working, she can be found in the horse stable, garden, or art studio… and occasionally in the solitude of the mountains.
Kimberly Kirner has written 3 posts for Rediscover Religion

Devotion, Desire, and Right Action

In quest of becoming more sustainable and feeling more stable, my spouse and I decided to hunt for a home of our own.  Given that my job is likely to keep me here for another 25 years until I retire, I wanted that time to be spent cultivating a relationship with a spirit of home … Continue reading

Following the Forest Path

I’ve always been fascinated with religion. I was raised primarily by my mother in what I would classify as a rather Quaker upbringing. We didn’t attend church, but I was taught from toddler-hood that God and Jesus were accessible as living, responsive beings that we could open to through silence, solitude, and being in nature. I wasn’t taught … Continue reading

A Druid Response to Ferguson

In the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, there are no clergy and laity.  We are all priests in our own lives, and gathering together is a grove of equals.  That said, I cannot write “the” Druid response to Ferguson – I cannot speak for other Druids.  I can only reflect on how I approach … Continue reading