Dan C. Hoffman Background
I am retired with background in ministry and international work.
From 1966-68 I served 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 2001-2009 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, Beech Grove, IN and have assisted in this program as a supervisor for students completing the internship as well as a guest lecturer on spiritual direction and aging in 2018. I am a trained supervisor having participated in "The Art of Supervision of Spiritual Directors" at North Park Seminary taught by Lucy Abbott Tucker. In 2019 I was invited back to North Park Seminary to participate in triad training for established spiritual directors with funding from the Lilly Foundation.
I am a member of The Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis http://www.allsaintsindy.org. For six years I served 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 Guardian of The Community of the Gospel (a non-residential monastic community of men and women with standing by the Episcopal Church http://www.communityofthegospel.org ).
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 major global learning community of spiritual directors, and I attended the 2013 SDI international conference in St. Paul, Mn, the 2015 conference in Louisville, Ky, and the 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://sdicompanions.org Currently, I am working with another spiritual director in Indianapolis to form a Spiritual Directors International Community in Indianapolis along the lines of similar communities in other North American urban centers. This project continues using teleconferencing during the pandemic.
As of mid 2020 my spiritual direction practice is diverse in numerous ways. It includes women and men of different ethnic backgrounds who self-identified as: Episcopalian, Lutheran, United Methodist, non-denominational evangelical, United Church of Christ, American Baptist, Evangelical Covenant, Roman Catholic and no formal religious affiliation. Several of these individuals also self identified as members of Gender and Sexual Minorities. Over the past years, individuals from Mennonite, Quaker, Disciples, Orthodox Jewish affiliations have been in spiritual direction with me. In addition to individual spiritual direction, I have facilitated group spiritual direction from time to time.
My personal interests are cycling, genealogy, reading, travel, the arts (with an emphasis on emerging art). My focus is on my biological family of two grown children, three grandchildren, and my life partner, Frank, as well as extended family of dear friends and members of my monastic community, The Community of the Gospel.
* Taking the next step on the spiritual journey"