About Shea Darian

Cupped hands of refreshing water

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. I am a believer in radical inclusion, 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.

Stone Archway Passage

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.” For me, existence is a Living Prayer. 

Shea Darian, M.Div.

Darian family photo (Shea, Andrew, Morgan, Willa

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

Shea Darian, M.Div.

My Everyday Work & Mission

When I entered ordained ministry at the age of twenty-five, I did not know that being a healer in a hurting world would take me far from the parish and pulpit, or include working with those of all faiths and philosophies. I did not know that I would minister first and foremost within my own family – with Andrew, my spouse of thirty-five years, and our children Morgan (34) and Willa (32). I did not know that my spouse and children would become my most significant ministers and blessing-givers, nor that creating a family with love and joy at the center would lead me to my work with parents and families, throughout the U.S. and beyond, who are 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 the breadth of my life and work experience would bring me full circle to serve again as ordained clergy, journeying with those of all faiths, philosophies, and spiritual paths.

But here I am… following the open doors before me… still filled with wonder for my life’s calling to bridge the distance between institutionalized faith 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. I am a believer in radical inclusion, 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 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, and faith was an encounter to be lived. It still is.

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.” For me, existence is a Living Prayer. 

My Everyday Life

I 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.