Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring
Membership Coordinator/Senior Ministerial Assistant
Ashley Burczak grew up in a small town near the Adirondack Park in upstate New York. She later lived for many years in New York City, and she recently moved back to the U.S. after living in Ireland for a year. She was the founding Executive Director of the national nonprofit organization Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER), an organization devoted to improving campus sexual assault prevention and response procedures. She worked for many years in the violence prevention field, and served as a campus educator dealing with issues of sexual assault, partner violence, and stalking. She was also a facilitator of an intervention program for convicted batterers, and is trained as a Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) trainer. Ashley has a strong commitment to social justice, and has worked in the LGBT civil rights movement and on behalf of civil rights for people with HIV and AIDS. She is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary, and is coming to UUCSS after completing a one-year residency as a chaplain at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.
Ashley was raised without a faith tradition, and first joined a UU church in 2003, after much searching for a tradition that shared her values. She was drawn to the UU commitment to equality and justice, its inclusiveness, and the value it places on compassion. She later became interested in Buddhism and meditation, and now considers herself a "BuU" (Buddhist Unitarian Universalist). She believes that contemplation is an essential element of the spiritual life, and incorporates this into her life and work. When she isn't contemplating, Ashley is also a certified Zumba instructor, and she loves to dance. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Derek and their cat, Linux.
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