The Rev. Danáe M. Ashley
The Rev. Danáe Ashley is our half-time Associate Rector. You will find her at church two Sundays a month and her office hours are by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week.
A native of Spokane, Mother Danáe has ministered with parishes in North Carolina, New York, Minnesota, and at St. Stephen’s, Seattle. She is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice at Soul Spa Seattle, LLC in Shoreline. Mo. Danae uses art, music, drama, poetry, and movement in counseling, spiritual direction, and creation of ritual. Her interfaith Clergy Care Circles for therapeutic group spiritual direction directly supports diverse clergy in varied circumstances across the country. She is an alumna of Young Clergy Women International and is a member of Thank God for Sex–promoting healing for those who have shame about their bodies, sexuality, and faith. Mo. Danae is also one of the contributors of the book Still a Mother: Journeys through Perinatal Bereavement. Additionally, she produced the play “Naming the Un-Named: Stories of Fertility Struggle” with playwright Amanda Aikman; has written for Working Preacher: Craft of Preaching; and has been featured on several podcasts regarding fertility struggle and faith. You can find a great article about her ministry from the School of Theology in Sewanee here.
Mo. Danae’s favorite past times include hiking with her husband, musician and composer Henry Lebedinsky, and beloved dog, Alvie Anne, reading, historical costuming, traveling, volunteering as a Master Gardener, dancing with wild abandon to Celtic music, and serious karaoke.