Ashley has had a lifelong passion for social justice, and believes deeply in collective liberation and the idea that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Ashley Horan is a Unitarian Universalist minister who most recently served for two years as the Consulting Minister at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Joliet, IL, after graduating with a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, IL, in 2012. She is a lifelong UU who grew up at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, where she is still a member.
Ashley has had a lifelong passion for social justice, beginning when she co-founded a student-led environmental group called Students Against Pollution (S.A.P.!) when she was in the second grade. Throughout the years, she has done work for reproductive, racial, economic and sexual/gender justice, and many other issues. Most recently, she has been deeply involved as a member-leader of local and national work with Resource Generation, whose mission is to organize young people with wealth and class privilege to become transformative leaders working toward the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power. She believes deeply in collective liberation, and the idea that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." She believes that by nurturing spiritual practice, theological reflection, and accountable partnerships with other organizations and activists working for social change and liberation, Unitarian Universalists can play an important role in the intersecting struggles for justice that face our world today.
Ashley lives with her partner, the Rev. Karen Hutt, who is also a Unitarian Universalist Minister. They have two children—Zi and Aspen.