“The Hive”


…was born of an intense meditation session. Based on model of community and growth of the hive of the honey bee (an ancient metaphor for the church), The Hive is a wellness and spirituality website that supports progressive Christian and spiritual women grown in their faith and wellness and change the world. Along with giving women the tools they need to be the spiritual busy bees they are and to be intentional about helping people build community beyond the Internet. The Hive has many categories for topics of all kinds.

Who is Hillary Raining?


Hillary considers preaching and teaching to be one of the greatest aspects of her vocation. She is blessed to be able to preach weekly in her parish where she also holds classes in Christian living all year round. In all aspects, Hillary seeks to bring her deeply felt joy in the Gospel to others.

Hillary has traveled extensively all over the country preaching and leading educational and spiritual events in a variety of topics and settings. Such topics include: Reconciliation, liturgical studies, Julian of Norwich, scripture, evangelism, building Christian community, meditation, pilgrimage, retreats, bee-keeping as eco-stewardship, parenting and the Daring Way, and creativity worships.

As a long-time yoga practitioner and 500 hour certified yoga instructor, Hillary also teaches yoga and meditation several times a week in a class that is free and open to the whole community. She practices and teaches primarily in the Ashtanga system of yoga which blends energetic postures with deep intentional aspects to help aid in prayer and holy living.

To learn more about Hillary, visit her personal website by clicking on the button below.


The Rev. Whitney Rice


Is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Indianapolis, currently serving at St. Francis In-The-Fields Episcopal Church.  A graduate of Yale Divinity School and winner of two Yale preaching awards, she is a writer for the Episcopal Digital Network’s Sermons That Work and has taught undergraduate courses at the University of Indianapolis.  A communicator of the gospel at heart, she writes and teaches on a wide variety of topics including rethinking evangelism, church history, mysticism, and spiritual development.  When she’s not thinking about theology (which is all the time, seriously), you’ll find her swing dancing.

See more of her work at www.roofcrashersandhemgrabbers.com.

Amy Rogers Morgan


A website developer and social media specialist living in Denver, Colorado. Amy is married and is currently a working-at-home-mom to Will Morgan, 2-year-old son. She spends her extra time building spiritual communities with like-minded neighbors.

You can learn more about her at www.virtualaccomp.com

Michelle Bullock


Born and raised in North Carolina, but calls Pennsylvania home with her amazing husband and two joyful daughters. Michelle works as a school chaplain for PK-5th grade students, but has been a stay at home mom, youth and children’s minister, art teacher, elementary school teacher and has lived in China. Michelle has always been passionate about helping children feel heard and included, and believes her calling is to help children and their families know they are loved, valued and made by God. Michelle is pursing ordination in the Episcopal Church. In her free time, she watches too much TV, cooks with her husband, and tries to find grace in the beautiful craziness of each day.

Ken Raining


Ken Raining is the Circulation Desk Administrator at the University of
Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt Library. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Drexel University. He is married to Hillary Raining.

Rev. Dr. Sara Shisler Goff


The Rev. Dr. Sara Shisler Goff serves as Chaplain for Seabury Hall, an independent college preparatory school affiliated with the Episcopal Church, on Maui, Hawaii. A graduate of Elon University Sara received her Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology from Yale Divinity School and her Doctor of Ministry from Episcopal Divinity School. A priest in the Episcopal Church Sara served as Canon for Christian Formation at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore Maryland for four years. In 2013, Sara co-founded the Slate Project, a new kind of Christian community located both online and face-to-face in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the former Director of Communications and Ministry Development for Listening Hearts Ministries, a faith-based non-profit committed to teaching individuals and groups the practice of spiritual discernment. She has been published in the Journal of Religious Leadership and has been interviewed by The Work of the People. In 2015-2016 she was a member of the final class of Beatitudes Society Fellows. When not watching Netflix, Sara can usually be found reading, writing, daydreaming, creating beautiful things and making lists.

Additionally, Dr. Shisler Goff blogs at her website sarashislergoff.com.

Father Benjamin Gildas


Father Benjamin Gildas is rector of Incarnation Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania and an avid podcaster. He is the founding co-host of Priest Pulse, an Episcopal podcast focusing on news, interviews, and stories of faith and ministry. He is also a co-founder of the All Ports Open Network where he is featured on several podcasts at the intersection of games and religion. He also writes about family, divorce, and parenting at the website Grow Christians from Forward Movement. He lives in Drexel Hill with his wife, daughter, and two step-children.

Jane Ross


Jane, originally from San Francisco, California, is a Communications major and Gender and Women’s Studies minor at Villanova University. She is currently the Managing Editor for Be Well Nova, a health and wellness blog for Villanova students. Her passions for wellness, spirituality, and women’s issues found their home at The Hive, and she is thrilled to be a part of this wonderfully talented team. When she’s not laughing at her own jokes, Jane enjoys listening to Sufjan Stevens, finding free testers at farmers markets, hiking, and writing in her gratitude journal! Jane is unsure of what her post-graduation plans are, but she hopes to pursue a career in the fields of public relations and corporate communication.

Erin Jean Warde

Erin Jean Warde is an Episcopal priest serving as rector of St. Luke’s in Ada, Oklahoma. Originally from Alabama, she calls Alabama, Texas, and Oklahoma her homes. She has her Bachelor of Science in English and Creative Writing from Troy University in Troy, Alabama, and her Master of Divinity from Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. She is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator after studying the work of Brené Brown and completing The Daring Way program.

She focuses her research and writing on shame, vulnerability, de-stigmatizing mental health challenges, storytelling, and personal reflection. She is currently researching and writing about loneliness. You can find her work at www.erinjeanwarde.com and you can follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @erinjeanwarde.

Aside from enjoying her vocation as priest and writer, she loves reading, comedy, walking, learning how to cook, travel, antiquing, photography, and fashion.


Rebecca Wicker

Rebecca Wicker is currently a candidate for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a 2017 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary).  Rebecca grew up in the lowcountry of South Carolina, but has lived and worked in North Carolina, Virginia, Malaysia, as well as Philadelphia, PA. Her passions include global mission, music, outdoor camping ministry, and all things relating to liturgy and worship.  She also loves running, playing soccer, and geeking out over Doctor Who and Settlers of Catan.

The Rev. Carrie Schofield-Broadbent


The Rev. Carrie Schofield-Broadbent is an Episcopal priest who, though she works for the Church full-time, considers herself bi-vocational as she follows her calling as both as a mom and as a priest.  After many years in parish ministry, Carrie took a new job in 2017 as the Canon of Transition and Church Development on the Bishop’s executive staff in the Diocese of Central New York.  After studying Peace & Conflict Studies and Spanish in college, Carrie had a career as a conflict resolution trainer and consultant before beginning her masters at Virginia Theological Seminary.  She and her family (husband, son (15), daughter (13), and two silly dogs) are proud residents of the city of Syracuse and dedicated supporters of public education. There’s no denying that she’s a full-on soccer-mom, complete with pumpkin-spice coffee, infinity scarves, and comfy Dansco clogs.  Carrie finds joy in working with congregations to find health and vitality, preaching, talking with people of all beliefs about life’s deep questions, and sees her ministry in the world as one of encouragement, hospitality, and reconciliation.  She considers herself committed to broad mediocrity and is an undistinguished yet enthusiastic practitioner of: pottery (wheel), painting, music, hiking, reading, and quilting. She’d love to one day enjoy gardening and learn how to catch a ball, and spell well, but she’s still waiting for that….

Alli Huggins


Alli Huggins is a Maryland native living in Connecticut. She is interested in building local community, digital communications and social media, and finding spirituality in the natural world. Alli has hiked 1400+ miles along the Appalachian Trail and has worked in two national parks with a Christian Ministry. She holds a M.Div. from Yale and lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her partner and their cat.

Ellyn Siftar


Ellyn Siftar has been wondering about God and nature since as far back as her memory reaches: sometimes in apple trees, other times around a camp fire, and sometimes with music.  Inside or outside, with church friends or scientists, awe and wonder for the world around her (both seen and unseen) connects her to source.

When she is not running around trying keep up with her four children and husband in urban Pennsylvania, she can be found hiking, making art, or reading in a tree.


Callie Swanlund

The Rev. Callie Swanlund is an Episcopal priest serving both as the associate rector of St. Christopher’s, Gladwyne, PA, and the creator of the film and resource for formation/evangelism How2charist: Digital Instructed Eucharist. Callie is a mama, a lover of Jesus, and a dreamer. She is also a Certified Daring Way Facilitator, leading individuals and groups in the work of Dr. Brené Brown.

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