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, Schlorff learned how much more uncertainty than certitude faith must contain in order for faith to maintain its sense of awe and reverence. Schlorff later went on to study alongside Muslim, Jewish, and other Protestant ministry candidates at the distinctively interfaith educational model of education present at Hartford Seminary. There, he earned a degree in religious studies, also completing the requirements for the Certificate of Interfaith Studies. Before these experiences with HartSem, Schlorff co-founded and then led the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry — Chicago, an interfaith organization which existed from 2004 until Marriage equality was realized in the United States. Also, Schlorff founded and led the Fairfield-Westchester Coalition of Welcoming Congregations, an interfaith organization which created community among LGBTQ+ affirming congregations and religious organizations. Finally, Schlorff completed the Doctor of Ministry at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, where he also completed coursework towards the Certificate of Sexuality and Religion.
Q: "We already live together. Are you still OK with us?"
A: "I see no problem. But why does anyone else's opinion matter?"
Q: "Our religious traditions are different. Can you incoporate aspects of both into our ceremony?"
A: "I will, with great rejoicing!"
Q: "Does the good reverend play basketball?"
A: "Though he is 6'7", the answer is no; Daniel does not play basketball."
Q: "Can we honor our deceased parent 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"
The Reverend Dr. Daniel Rodriguez Schlorff, a native Hoosier, has lived in Connecticut for the past 11 years. Daniel was ordained by his local church in 2000, now 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. When not engaged in full-time ministry, Daniel enjoys contributing to his community as a board member, performing with professional and university-related musical ensembles, snuggling with his dog, reading poetry and nonfiction, and staying fit.