HER WAY OF LOVE
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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.
The Rev. Kay M Houck and Danielle Hendrickson (best friends since infancy) have always known that they were meant to do something together in the world. 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 years of discernment, in October 2018 Her Way of Love was founded.
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.
Meet the Team
The Rev. Kay M. Houck
Co-Founder of Her Way of Love
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.
Co-Founder of Her Way of Love
Danielle is a Certified Life Coach and a lover of all things women. Some of her favorite work she has done in the world is supporting childbearing women as a doula and lactation counselor.
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.
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.
You can learn more about Cheryl here.
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!
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.
Danette 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.