yasheluah (yah-SHAY-loo-ah): peace through struggle
Ashley’s mission is restoring our connections with the Divine, which heals broken relationships with self, God, others, and creation. She is an author, spiritual midwife, aesthete, and semiotician, as well as a workshop and conference educator.
As a spiritual midwife, she is passionate about working in harmony with Creator God to embody hope in the lives of those with whom she comes alongside. As an aesthete, she searches for the divine beauty in every person and their stories. As a semiotician, she looks for the ways people create and represent meaning.
Helping people heal from spiritual abuse is a high priority. Ashley understands the deep loss people experience when they leave a previously-trusted community of faith, and acknowledges the grieving, deconstruction, and reconstruction processes look different for everyone. She spent around 29 years attending and leading within Southern Baptist churches and parachurch organizations, was an SBC missionary, and worked for the SBC publisher. While she had many positive and healthy experiences, during that time she also witnessed consistent spiritual abuse of others and experienced it herself. Ashley made the deeply painful decision to leave and devote her time to finding ways to help others heal from similar adverse religious experiences.
Often referred to as “the one with the purple hair,” Ashley is known for her creativity and for seeing the world just a little bit differently. She loves singing and musical theater, photographing flowers and birds, and finding God’s work in unusual places.
Ashley has a Master of Arts in Family Life Education and a Doctor of Ministry in Semiotics & Future Studies. She lives in the Seattle, WA area.
RESEARCH AND OTHER INTERESTS:
- Attachment theory, God attachment, and the reciprocal self
- Self-compassion and neutralizing shame
- The Enneagram
- Biblical hermeneutics
- Trinitarian theology and covenant epistemology
- Post-traumatic growth and healing across the lifespan
- Intersection of body, mind, and emotion in neuroscience
- Parish ministry and fresh expressions of church
- Racial and social justice
- Christian feminism and liberation
- Positive discipline and gentle parenting
- Parenting children with special needs
- Nonviolent communication
- Collaborative law and dispute resolution
- Sexual abuse prevention