Beloved one, welcome.
It's possible you've been searching for a digital space to deepen your spiritual life and create loving friendships. If that's the case, you've come to the right place and we're so thankful you've found us.
Her Way of Love is an online community full of women from all walks of life. Our beloved space is centered around The Episcopal Church's Way of Love.
The Way of Love Practices:
#TURN: Pause, listen, and choose to follow Jesus.
#LEARN: Reflect on Scripture each day, especially on Jesus’ life and teachings.
#PRAY: Dwell intentionally with God each day.
#WORSHIP: Gather in community weekly to thank, praise, and dwell with God.
#BLESS: Share faith and unselfishly give and serve.
#GO: Cross boundaries, listen deeply and live like Jesus.
#REST: Receive the gift of God’s grace, peace, and restoration.
You may have questions so let's start with the big ones.
What's the Way of Love? During the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry encouraged Episcopalians to adopt the Way of Love as a "rule of life". The Way of Love includes seven practices for living a Jesus-centered life: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go and rest.
Do you have to be Episcopalian to be a part of this? Absolutely not. We are a group of women (including those who identify as women) from all different walks of life and religious backgrounds.
How did Her Way of Love begin? Once upon a time, there were two best friends (since infancy) who always knew they were meant to do something big in the world together. Their names are The Rev. Kay M Houck and Danielle Hendrickson. In March 2017, Danielle felt a call in her heart to approach Kay about the possibility of starting something together for Episcopalian women. With the inspiration of "The Way of Love" and time of discernment, in October 2018 Her Way of Love was founded.
A word on Anti-Racism + Black Lives Matter.
As followers of Jesus, we are fiercely committed to our baptismal vows, and we seek to grow into our baptismal covenant by upholding the values of justice, peace and respect for the dignity of every human being. We recognize it is not enough to affirm the belovedness of all God's people and cease our work there. Our baptismal covenant calls us to go deeper. Through Jesus, God calls us to examine, confront, and root out the ways in which we undermine our professed values. We are called to examine the ways we are complicit in systemic racism, and to work for transformation until every aspect of our communal life bears testimony to the truth that Black Lives Matter.
So, we commit ourselves to lovingly, honestly examining our white privilege and unconscious bias, our participation in institutionalized racism, and our tendency to remain quiet and complicit in the face of injustice.
We know we have a lot to learn in the long and transformative work of racial justice. We promise to listen to our BIPOC siblings. We promise to use Her Way of Love's platform to amplify the voices of Black theologians, authors, preachers, and those with social media presence. We promise to remain open to growth and to learn, so that we may come to more fully embody what we profess by faith.
Uprooting the devastating grip of white supremacy is hard and holy work. In the name of Love, those of us who hold white privilege also hold a sacred and collective responsibility to do the work. We offer resources of anti-racism on our Resources page, in hope that it may support a larger, ongoing conversation in our community. While certainly not an exhaustive list, this is but one piece of Her Way of Love's commitment to the ways of justice and peace.
May the power of the gospel live within us, and continue to shape us as disciples of love.
Not sure where to begin? Start here!
Our mission is to provide a community of support for women seeking to cultivate an intentional life of prayer and action by committing themselves to The Way of Love.
The Ever Growing Team of Love
Danielle is a Certified Life Coach and a lover of all things women. As an Enneagram 9 with a wing of 1, she helps women to embrace their natural fierceness and remembering what they’re made of. Some of her favorite work she has done in the world is supporting childbearing women as a doula and lactation counselor. She currently works as a virtual assistant for women entrepreneurs all over the United States.
Although she is a cradle Episcopalian, Danielle didn't find her spiritual footing until later in life. Through asking bold questions, second-guessing what she thought she knew and submerging herself into the mystery, Danielle found herself in love with her journey inward. She has found a soft place to land within the Saints, especially Mary Magdalene and Mother Mary.
In 2004 Danielle married her high school sweetheart, Derek, in her home church of St. Luke's Episcopal (Jamestown, NY). Together they have three amazing children (Carter, Ayrabella and Adeline). Derek's military career has led them to Hawaii, Kentucky, Oklahoma and currently Germany.
The Rev. Kay M. Houck
The Rev. Kay Houck is an Episcopal priest whose aspiration in life is to become her most loving self and to provide encouragement and resources for others to do the same. During her formative years, Kay intended to enter the field of medicine; but through the wisdom of her best friend (Danielle!) she discerned a call to nurture and support healing in a different way. She is a graduate of Seabury Western Theological Seminary (now Bexley-Seabury) and was ordained to the priesthood in March 2012. Her leadership style and spiritual life may best be described as contemplative. She enjoys yoga, gardening, and taking day hikes with her husband Matthew, and their beloved Australian Kelpie, Vivienne.
The Baptismal Covenant reflects the core of her relationship with Jesus; and she is fiercely committed to growing in maturity as a disciple by following the Way of Love.
Contributor + Writer
Kayla is a chaplain and poet whose spirituality is grounded in embodying Jesus’ love through compassionately embracing and sharing the wholeness of our stories. Kayla was born with cerebral palsy, and her faith and her disability are deeply integrated. She understands her cerebral palsy to be an invitation for herself and others to live with courageous vulnerability.
She received her M.Div. From the University of Notre Dame in 2014, and completed a chaplain residency in 2019 at the Cleveland Clinic. It was during her time as a chaplain intern and resident that she found her spiritual home in the Episcopal Church, discovering a renewed sense of belonging and authenticity. She was Received in May 2019.
Participating in weekly compline and fellowship with her chosen family community, practicing yoga, and reading and writing poetry are all places that Kayla finds nourishing peace and joy. You can read some of her poetry here.
Cheryl Harris Sharman
Cheryl holds a certificate in spiritual direction and retreats from the Spirituality Center on the campus of Mt. St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles (a 3-year program), and an M.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Fordham University in New York City. She spent 20 years as a writer and researcher. Cheryl draws on that trauma-informed background to offer spiritual direction to private clients, organizational clients, folks experiencing homelessness &/or incarceration, her church (St Paul’s Episcopal), at a monthly drop-in Grief Gathering, and on contemplative retreats. An Enneagram 5 who has personal and professional experience with chronic illness, she empathizes with those needing to stay home and offers remote spiritual direction, supervision, and custom individual retreats. She also offers supervision to spiritual directors, both newly trained and those seeking to add (or find encouragement in) a justice component to their practice.
Areas of expertise: contemplative practice; trauma; loss & grief; addiction; codependence; social justice; burnout; the Enneagram (with additional certification); mindfulness (with additional certification); meditation; holistic health; dreamwork; writing; research.
Wednesday Evening Compline Hostess
Ashlyn Wallace is a Registered Nurse whose greatest joy in life is helping others in their times of greatest need. She has spent her career working with oncology patients and now works in oncology research.
Ashlyn grew up Catholic but was received into the Episcopal Church in February 2019. She is very involved with her church community and leads the women’s group and the care for creation committee. She is very passionate about making sure that everyone feels welcome in the church and that the church continues to be a friend to our Earth.
Ashlyn enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and traveling to all the beautiful places!
Member Care Specialist
Dannette is a Personal Assistant, Editor, and English as a Second Language Teacher. Her heart lights up from serving others as she loves helping and volunteering.
Dannette grew up surrounded by a family of ministers in the Methodist Church. She began her spiritual journey at a young age where she found herself diving into every class and group that was being offered. She has always been so curious and loves continuing to grow in her faith.
Being surrounded by strong and amazing women is important to her as she finds herself inspired and ignited in community of loving women.
Dannette is married to her high school sweetheart, Brent. Her husband’s military career has landed them in Germany and they enjoy traveling all over Europe with their 2-year-old rescue pup, Luke.
You can learn more about Dannette here.
Her Way of Love is looking for women from ALL walks of life to join the team.
Tap into your heart. Listen for a nudge of your soul.
Does this sound like something you feel called to be a part of?
Could your voice enrich the value of inclusivity within the community?
Please fill out this form and Danielle or Kay+ will be in contact with you.