Brené Brown’s work has greatly influenced my understanding of what it takes to be a wholehearted teacher, and I find it extremely helpful when working with faculty members and other professionals who are seeking to live daringly. I am currently a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Candidate (CDWF-Candidate).

Before beginning my Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at UVa, I was the Senior Chaplain and Chair of the Religious Studies Department at the National Cathedral Schools for Girls. While there, I became passionate about helping faculty members become master teachers. I also helped young people become more aware of and proactively respond to the cultural pressures they experienced. At first I thought these areas of work were distinct, but I have come to see both as helping people live authentically, which requires courage.

As a priest-researcher, I use many of my pastoral skills in secular settings and educational expertise in developing church programs. My work focuses on applying research-based practices of teaching and learning in theological education, effective use of educational technology in traditional and distance courses, and integrated design principles at the course, program, and institutional levels. Trying something new in a classroom or congregation, especially when you are not confident of how it will go, requires a willingness to be vulnerable, dare greatly, and risk again and again.



The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings. During the process we explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. We examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding us back and we identify the new choices and practices that will move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead. Further information is available at

The Daring Way™ method is based on the research of Brené Brown, Ph.D. LMSW. Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, and Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday. Further information is available at