About Shea Darian

If you haven’t guessed by now, I am not your run-of-the-mill clergyperson. I am a Christian-humanist who loves to “color outside the lines.”  I am a student of both Science and Mystery. As a follower of Jesus, I am a believer in radical inclusion. I am a lover of humanity and a healer by trade. For me, that place where wonder, love, and healing meet, therein lies the Holy of Holies. 

Shea Darian, M.Div.

Kahlil Gibran wrote in The Prophet, “Your daily life is your temple and your religion. As you enter into it, take with you, your all.” This is perhaps what Jesus meant when he told us to “pray without ceasing.” For me, existence is a Living Prayer. 

Shea Darian, M.Div.

When I commune, laugh, and play with those I love, it brings the Divine home to me.  

Shea Darian, M.Div.

My Everyday Spirituality

As a child, God and Wonder were one-and-the same for me. The veil between matter and spirit seemed thinner back then. God was an experience not a deity, as these excerpts from a poem I wrote decades ago reflect:

Once upon a time,
Before the study of theology,
There was inner wisdom,
Before church buildings,
There was the earth beneath my feet.

Before words and liturgy,
There was dance and motion,
Circling, jumping, leaping my prayers 
Among my friends the trees, the sun, the shadows, the spiders.

Before the baptism of salvation, 
There was the baptism of summer rainshowers,
And before that, the baptism of birth
In the water of the womb.

Before lines, there were circles.
Before ladders, there were spirals.

Kahlil Gibran wrote in The Prophet, “Your daily life is your temple and your religion. As you enter into it, take with you, your all.” This is perhaps what Jesus meant when he told us to “pray without ceasing.” For me, existence is a Living Prayer. 

My Call to Ministry

When I entered ordained ministry at the age of twenty-five, I did not know then that my calling to minister in a hurting world would take me far from the parish and pulpit. I did not know that God would call me first and foremost to serve as a minister within my own family – with Andrew, my spouse of thirty-five years, and our children Morgan (33) and Willa (31). I did not know that my spouse and children would become my most significant ministers and blessing-givers, nor that creating a family in which wisdom, compassion, and grace is revered would lead me to minister to parents and families, throughout the U.S. and beyond, who were seeking everyday meaning, peace, joy, and healing for themselves and their children. I did not know that providing spiritual care to those experiencing grief and crisis would inspire me to create a new paradigm of the grieving process or lead me into chaplaincy.  Nor did I know that in my sixties this breadth of life and work experience would bring me full circle to serve again as clergy.

But here I am… following the open doors of my calling… still filled with wonder for this journey… trusting the Great Mystery that guides me to lead me to a faith community who desires to bridge the distance between the institutional church and a world of people who are craving meaning, hope, healing, and a sense of belonging.  

If you haven’t guessed by now, I am not your run-of-the-mill clergyperson. I am a Christian- humanist who loves to “color outside the lines.”  I am a student of both Science and Mystery. As a follower of Jesus, I am a believer in radical inclusion. I am a lover of humanity and a healer by trade. For me, that place where wonder, love, and healing meet, therein lies the Holy of Holies. 

My Everyday Life

I work with a stellar team of chaplains at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and live in Sun City, AZ with my beloved spouse Andrew. I am a parent to two children that I adore, who are among my greatest friends. As a senior athlete, I compete in racewalking at the national level. Singing and writing songs and poetry are among my most cherished prayer practices and stargazing and dallying in nature are my most revered meditations on awe and mystery. My circle of family and friends is my hallowed sanctuary. When I commune, laugh, and play with those I love, it brings the Divine home to me. 

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