Rev. Ashley Burczak is an Affiliated Community Minister with UUCSS. She works as a hospice chaplain with JSSA Hospice and as the chaplain for the Unitarian Universalists at Riderwood Retirement Community. Ashley preaches at UUCSS a handful of times each year. She is covenanted with UUCSS to serve our mission in the wider community but is not paid staff.
Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Barnard College and her MDiv from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. She has completed three chaplaincy internships: At St. Luke’s Hospital in New York, Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, and at the NIH, as well as a year-long residency at Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia. Before her work as a chaplain, Ashley founded the nonprofit organization Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER), which provides college antiviolence activists with grassroots organizing training, and worked in LGBTQ/HIV+ human and civil rights advocacy.
Ashley’s personal spiritual path includes practicing in the Kagyu lineage of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She loves dancing and gardening and lives with her family and one absurdly large dog in Bethesda, MD.