I’m still paying off the student loans from my M.A. in Women’s Spirituality from New College of California in San Francisco (it was accredited when I went there). I HAD to take that degree program since I am a woman and I realized how little I knew about women as sacred in themselves and as spiritual leaders and members in community. The remaining Women’s Spirituality M.A. and Ph.D. is at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

I was a practicing Hindu for almost 30 years. They have an array of female forms of God, sometimes partnered with a male form, sometimes independent. Now I’m a minister and have a prison ministry. Check out my story on Medium “Does Anyone Think of God as…” for a story about an African American inmate who had always known Kali as his idea of the divine and thought he was the only one.

God in a female form is a universal archetype that can be ignored or opposed but not erased. Hooray for my buddy, Max Dashu! Thank you for your commitment and your article.

Aikya Param is a licensed minister, a visual artist, and writer.