Danáe M. Ashley

The Rev. Danae M. Ashley is an Episcopal priest and marriage and family therapist who has ministered with parishes in North Carolina, New York, and Minnesota. She serves as the associate rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Seattle, and a therapist at Soul Spa Seattle. Danae uses art, music, drama, poetry, and movement in counseling, spiritual direction, and creation of ritual. 

Danae has written for Working Preacher, Luther Seminary’s Faith+Lead, Episcopal Café, and Sermons That Work, as well as being a contributor to podcasts, books, and a play about fertility struggle. Her favorite pastimes include reading, traveling, tending Alvie’s Memorial Garden, delighting in their adopted pit bull Sophie Grace’s snuggles, dancing with wild abandon to Celtic music, and serious karaoke.

Sermons and Bible Studies

Pointing to God, Easter 4 (C) – May 8, 2022

May 08, 2022

[RCL]: Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30 Have any of you heard of the game Marco Polo?  Not the app – that is something different. This game can be played in a swimming pool or on land. The person who is “It” is blindfolded and placed in the center of a group of […]

Power, Epiphany 7 (C) – February 20, 2022

February 20, 2022

[RCL] Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50; Luke 6:27-38 Once upon a time, two children were playing with toy figures. One had a comic book superhero and the other had a princess from an animated show. When an evil villain appeared in their adventure, a conundrum occurred: Who would rescue hostages and […]

Blocks, Proper 23 (B) – 2021

October 10, 2021

[RCL] Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31 Peek-a-boo! [Cover eyes with hands and then remove them as you say the words if you wish] Have you ever played this game with a baby or toddler? Or perhaps you have heard this from a child: “If I close my eyes, you can’t see […]

Will You Follow?, 2 Christmas – 2021

January 03, 2021

[RCL] Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 84 or 84:1-8; Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a; Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 or Luke 2:41-52 or Matthew 2:1-12 There is a traditional Italian story about an old woman named La Befana who was the most renowned housekeeper in her entire village. She would happily spend the day with her broom sweeping the floor, cupboards, and front […]

Seeds and Soil, Pentecost 6 (A) – July 12, 2020

July 12, 2020

[RCL]: Genesis 25:19-34; Psalm 119:105-112; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9,18-23 Let us begin with an invocation of the Holy Spirit by John Henry Newman: Come, O Holy Spirit.Come as Holy Fire and burn in us,Come as Holy Wind and cleanse us,Come as Holy Light and lead us,Come as Holy Life and dwell within us.Convict us, convert […]

Extravagant Love, Monday in Holy Week – 2020

April 06, 2020

[RCL]: Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 36:5-11; Hebrews 9:11-15; John 12:1-11 Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain, wheat that in dark earth many days has lain; love lives again, that with the dead has been: Love is come again like wheat that springeth green. This is the first verse of hymn 204 in our […]

The Unexpected, Advent 3 (A) – December 15, 2019

December 15, 2019

Download our 2019 compilation of Advent and Christmas sermons here. [RCL]: Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:4-9 or Canticle 15; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11 “Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us…” begins our collect for today. This sounds like one thing, but it means something else entirely, doesn’t it? It sounds […]

Fine Print, Proper 18 (C) – 2019

September 09, 2019

[RCL]: Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33 Imagine you are scrolling through your favorite social media site or looking at an article and you see an advertisement for a job. It catches your eye with its savvy fonts and colors, so you glance at it and read: Full-time, meaningful work you can […]

Trusting Jesus, Epiphany 5 (C) – 2019

February 10, 2019

From September of 2003 through April of 2005, the television show Joan of Arcadia introduced viewers to a teenage girl named Joan, but with a twist: Joan’s character is loosely based on the life of the 15th-century saint, Joan of Arc. The overarching plot showed Joan Girardi as a modern 16-year old girl who is […]

Journey Through Grief, Proper 28 (B) – 2018

November 18, 2018

In a church much like this one, a woman stays behind in the pews after the service. She is sitting at the back, off to the side, so no one notices her as they are tidying things up. Eventually, the priest comes back into the sanctuary to retrieve something and hears her crying. When the […]

Bread, Law, and Spirit, Proper 4 (B) – 2018

June 03, 2018

“During the bombing raids of World War II, thousands of children were orphaned and left to starve. The fortunate ones were rescued and placed in refugee camps where they received food and good care. But many of these children who had lost so much could not sleep at night. They feared waking up to find […]

Love in Translation, Christ the King (A) – 2017

November 26, 2017

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, and the season after Pentecost is coming to a close. It is the longest season of the church year, marking the time by reminding us what it means to live as a disciple, be good stewards of what we have been given, and how to […]

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