Danielle Riley

Danielle Riley: Seeking Justice in the Justice System

Danielle Riley is the lead Women’s Pastoral Advocate at Tierra Nueva. She also heads up the women’s jail ministry, leading Bible studies at the Skagit County Community Justice Center, and directs Children’s Ministry for our Sunday Services. 

In her piece from Tierra Nueva’s Fall 2018 newsletter, she explores justice, liberation, and transformation to an individual in the context of systemic oppression and dysfunction. 

For privacy, we changed the name and some details of the person she’s talking about. 

After she reads her piece, she answers a few questions that I thought of while recording.

Gracie Ekblad & Danielle Riley: God is Our First Father

Pastor Gracie Ekblad (co-founder and general director) & Danielle Riley (lead women's advocate) bring us the message inspired by jail ministry and Psalm 69:30-33 and 71:6.

Psalm 69:30-33 (ESV)

30 I will praise the name of God with a song;

I will magnify him with thanksgiving.

31 This will please the Lord more than an ox

or a bull with horns and hoofs.

32 When the humble see it they will be glad;

you who seek God, let your hearts revive.

33 For the Lord hears the needy

and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.

Psalm 71:6 (ESV)

6 Upon you I have leaned from before my birth;

you are he who took me from my mother's womb.

My praise is continually of you.


Mike Neelley & Danielle Riley: God's Discipline-Correction or Punishment?

Pastor Mike Neelley (Executive Director) and Danielle Riley (Women's Lead Pastoral Advocate) share an exploration on the many ways we understand, receive, and practice discipline. 

Hebrews 12:5-11 (ESV)

5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
    nor be weary when reproved by him.
6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and chastises every son whom he receives.”

7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Ephesians 6:4 (ESV)

4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

1 John 4:18 (ESV)

18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.