Deirdre Pulgram Arthen
Deirdre Pulgram-Arthen is the executive director of the EarthSpirit Community, and has been involved with the organization since 1980. Deirdre has an M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. She is a trained pagan priestess, a spiritual counselor, an educator, a writer, a community organizer, a singer, a certified Death Midwife, and an experienced ritualist and composer of sacred chants. Since the birth of her first child in 1987, the theme of spiritual birth, both literal and symbolic, has become a major aspect of her work. In 1990, Deirdre helped to plan and execute an interfaith service for 250,000 people which opened Boston's celebration of Earth Day. She has offered presentations for a number of civic and religious organizations, including the National Organization for Women, the Unitarian-Universalist Women's Conference, and several universities. She has been featured in local and nationally syndicated television and radio programs and interviewed for numerous publications, notably Woman of Power magazine, the Time-Life Books series "Mysteries of the Universe", and the book “Stepping Into Ourselves: An Anthology of Writings on Priestesses.” Deirdre is a member of the Women’s Task Force of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and serves as one of the Parliament’s Ambassadors. She has been a presenter or performer at every Parliament since 1993.