I’m the Reverend Dr. Daniel Rodriguez Schlorff (DMin ‘19), and I live in New Haven, CT. In addition to working as Chaplain for the State of Connecticut at CT Valley Hospital, I also serve as Senior Minister of Third Congregational Church of Middletown, CT. Prior ministry has included planting and pastoring a new church serving predominantly LGBTQ+ people of color in New Haven, CT, working for 12 years as a hospice chaplain, and working for 12 years as a Director/Minister of Religious Education.
PSR was for me the only place to study. With superstars such as Mary Ann Tolbert, C.S. Song, Rosemary Radford Reuther, and numerous others as faculty, PSR has been my center of theological inquiry since I first started to open up from my former Christian fundamentalism. Our distinguished alumnx have made waves (big and small) of compassion across the world, making it more just and equitable. I’d love to be a part of the alumnx council to help foster a sense of community to my colleagues, as well as help offer resources to other alumnx.
Personally, I’m biracial (Filipino and German), and I’m a pansexual pastor within the Alliance of Baptists movement. Furthermore, my DMin project looked at masculinity from the lenses of the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements. I also serve on the DEIB Council and as board secretary of the international Gay Coaches Alliance, and I have helped my former hospice employer by serving on their DEI Committee. I bring my awareness as a racial and sexual minority (as well as my awareness of my privilege as an able-bodied, cisgender male) to all of my committee work and my ministry. Naturally, I have moments of blindness, and that’s why we rely on the support of others on the council. Also, I do not know what it is like to be black, or a woman, or trans, or GNB, or GNC, or differently abled, or a veteran, or a host of other ways of being. That said, it grows even more important to be a part of an alumnx council with backgrounds as diverse as our students and alumnx—and that in itself is one of PSR’s strengths.