Dan C. Hoffman Background
I am retired with background in ministry and international work.
From 1966-68 I worked with the Peace Corps in Brazil in the area of urban community development.
From 1970-2001 I was involved in several capacities in international ministry with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ in Brazil, France, Zambia and a number of other African countries.
From 2001-2008 I worked as a bookseller and merchandising supervisor at Borders bookstore in downtown Indianapolis.
My education was at Phillips U (BA, 1966), Christian Theological Seminary (M.A.R., 1970 and D.Min. 1981), the Iliff School of Theology (M.Div., 1975) and Union Theological Seminary, New York City (S.T.M., 1976).
Additional continuing education has been at the Harvard School of Medicine (course on spirituality and healing in medicine, 2003); the Stephen Ministry Leadership Training Course, Pittsburgh, 2008; the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies (grant writing workshop 2010); mentor training for EfM of the Episcopal Church (Education for Ministry), 2014. I am a graduate of the Spiritual Direction Internship offered by the Benedict Inn, Beach Grove, IN. Currently, I am serving on the alumni committee of the Benedict Inn Spiritual Direction Internship and as a supervisor for students completing the internship.
I am a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis. Recently I concluded service on the board of directors of the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition. From 2013 through 2016 I was the spiritual director for the conference for persons living with HIV (sponsored by Province IV of the Episcopal Church) at the Kanuga Conference Center in Asheville, NC. My major commitment is as a life professed member of the Community of the Gospel (a non-residential monastic community of men and women recognized by the Episcopal Church http://www.communityofthegospel.org. ) You may check out our short video on You Tube at the bottom of this page. Presently I serve as oblate formation guide for the Community of the Gospel.
I have completed youth and adult modules of Safeguarding God's People, required by the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis for all those providing pastoral care or formation within the Episcopal Church.
I am a member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI), the professional networking and educational organization of spiritual directors and I attended the 2013 SDI international conference in St. Paul, Mn, the 2015 conference in Louisville, Ky, and the most recent conference in Toronto, Canada in April 2017. I fully subscribe to SDI's revised ethical guidelines which you may read by visiting its website: http://www.sdiworld.org Additionally, I am a member of the Spiritual Directors of Central Indiana.
As of the winter of 2017 my spiritual direction practice included women and men who self identified as: Orthodox Church, Episcopalian, Lutheran, United Methodist, non-denominational evangelical, United Church of Christ, Mennonite and no formal religious affiliation.
My personal interests are biking, genealogy, reading, travel, the arts. My focus is on my family of two grown children, two grandchildren, and my life partner, Frank, as well as extended family of dear friends.
"Finding the next step on the spiritual journey . . . . ."