My current mission statement is: Love Up, Love In, Love Out and Love Through. It has been my pleasure to do and be these things both sequentially and, at times, simultaneously. I am a Mystic, Scientist, Musician and Spiritual Director who is growing comfortable in this paradox. I am learning that listening is more important than talking-especially in prayer; the Christ in you is bigger than the you in you; how you love all of God’s children shows how you love your God; and where your heart breaks is where your action must be. My heart breaks when I hear the cries of the poor: the poor in body, mind or Spirit. It is there that I am called to work.
I serve as a certified and active Spiritual Director, seeing directees and engaging in continuing education through classes, seminars and annual silent retreats. I have been the President of the Zion Lutheran Church Council since 2016, as well as chair of the Prayer Ministry and RIC teams. I serve as treasurer to Angel Whispers, a non-profit that provides opportunities to empower individuals to reach wholeness in mind, body and spirit. I also serve on the advisory panel for Building Up, the Uganda Medical Clinic Non-profit Organization. I work at the University of Michigan as a Research Scientist studying (primarily) female reproductive Endocrinology within the School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology. I love to run, crawl on the floor with my granddaughter, keep bees, play music in several bands, as well as build and fish split cane flyrods. And every Sunday afternoon I cook a meal for the men and women who live underneath the bridge at the foot of the University of Michigan Hospital. I give them Spiritual Direction…they just don’t know it.
Dan uses he/him pronouns.
All staff currently work with FedUp part-time. Our kitchen operates every Monday-Thursday morning with sporadic afternoon, evening, and weekend events. All staff are off and our kitchen is closed every Friday.