The Reverend Dr. Daniel Rodriguez Schlorff, a native Hoosier, has lived in Connecticut since 2009. Ordained by his local church in 2000, Daniel's ordination is denominationally recognized by the Alliance of Baptists, Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, and Baptist Peace Fellowship/Bautistas por la Paz, and in 2005 by the American Protestant Union. His ministry of mind/body/spirit includes chaplaincy, church planting, spiritual direction, health/life coaching, personal training, adjunct professorships, and mentoring seminarians. When not engaged in full-time ministry, Daniel enjoys contributing to his community as a board member, performing with the chamber chorus of Yale Camerata, playing the double bass for the American Chamber Orchestra, conducting the American Chamber Singers, snuggling with his dog, reading poetry and nonfiction, staying fit, and increasing his life and health coaching practice. For more on Daniel, please visit his personal website, www.schlorff.com.
Q: "We are both dudes."
A: "Congratulations to you both for finally finding each other!"
Q: "Our religious traditions are different. Can you incorporate aspects of both into our ceremony?"
A: "I will, with great rejoicing!"
Q: "Can we honor our deceased parents in some way?"
A: "It would be my honor to craft a ceremony that welcomes them into the holy ground on which you will be standing. on your wedding day."
Q: "Does the good reverend play basketball?"
A: "Though I am 6'7", the answer is yes, but I prefer to play tennis."
Leaving Indiana at age 18 to attend a school affiliated with his childhood church — the Church of the Nazarene, the denomination in which he was locally ordained a few years later — Daniel Rodriguez Schlorff started down the same road of inquiry on which he finds himself today. After attending the University of Chicago Divinity School through a program at Meadville/Lombard, Daniel learned how much more uncertainty than certitude faith must contain in order for faith to maintain its sense of awe and reverence. Accordingly, Daniel then co-founded and then led the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry — Chicago, an interfaith organization that existed from 2004 until Marriage equality was realized in the United States. Daniel later went on to study alongside Muslim, Jewish, and other Protestant ministry candidates at the distinctively interfaith educational model present at Hartford Seminary ("HartSem"), which has since been renamed Hartford International University for Religion and Peace. His favorite course at HartSem was a Dharmic (i.e., essentially Hindu and Buddhist) look at end-of-life ministry. While there, he earned the Master of Arts in Religious Studies (concentration: Pastoral Care and Counseling) and completed the Certificate of Interfaith Studies requirements. Daniel then founded and led the Fairfield-Westchester Coalition of Welcoming Congregations, an interfaith organization that created community among LGBTQ+ affirming congregations and religious organizations. Finally, Daniel completed the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, where he also completed coursework towards the Certificate of Sexuality and Religion.