Dan Lillie

M.Div., Iliff School of Theology

HOMETOWN

Albuquerque, NM

UNDERGRAD & MAJOR(S)

Metropolitan State University of Denver, Ministerial Development and Spiritual Formation

WHAT KIND OF SERVICE EXPERIENCE HAVE YOU HAD IN THE PAST?

Throughout my life, I have found church to be an effective avenue for service work. From mission trips in my middle school youth group to serving on the stewardship committee in my current church, to facilitating lifespan comprehensive sexuality education curricula, my church has always given me opportunities to serve. In the context of beloved community, I can do so much more than any individual can do alone. 

HOW HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY SERVICE/SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES WHILE IN SEMINARY?

I serve the communities to which I belong. This means being actively involved in my church, to ensure its institutional health. It means being actively involved in my seminary, where I served on student senate and a task force specifically charged with evaluating the structure of the senate (and the institution as a whole) to find ways to make it more effective and student-centered.

Sexuality education has always been a passion of mine. Teaching age-appropriate, comprehensive sexuality curricula across the lifespan is an important cause that contributes to healthy, functional, confident, life-affirming individuals.

WHAT TYPE OF "MINISTRY" DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING?

I see myself serving as a congregational Unitarian Universalist minister. I can think of no better way to spend my life than building beloved community that can transform individuals and the world.

WHAT TOPICS WOULD YOU BE OPEN TO SHARING ABOUT WITH GROUPS? 

Community building, broad-based relational community organizing, theological and spiritual exploration, 

WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITE COURSES IN UNDERGRAD? SEMINARY?

I really enjoyed praxis courses, that allowed me to integrate theory and practice. In undergrad, I remember enjoying a course about Counseling couples based on Imago Theory. In seminary, I took an especially memorable leadership course, as well as courses with the amazing Rev. Jane Vennard that helped me get in touch with my own spirituality. 

WHAT'S YOUR DREAM JOB?

To be a Unitarian Universalist minister.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING ON CHANGING THE WORLD?

I think we are always changing the world, in big ways and small, in all that we do. However, in my personal time, I enjoy spending time with my partner Emily and our German Shepherd Max, reading, and playing and watching basketball.