Daniel James

Daniel

 

Hello! Thanks for stopping by and finding out a bit more about me.

I’m a proud Colorado native, and since I haven’t found any good reasons to leave, I’ve done all my education here in this wonderful state. I grew up as an Evangelical Protestant, so when I attended Regis University and received my B.A. in English and Philosophy, I realized how much bigger Christianity was. In order to embrace what I had learned in the classroom about Jesuit spirituality, I participated in the Romero House program, which for one summer had me living with a small group of fellow students, and our director, while we each volunteered at various non-profits throughout Denver and learned about various social justice issues. This experience led me to join the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers after I graduated, where I spent a year living with eleven other young adults, volunteering at a food bank downtown as I continued to learn more about social justice and Vincentian spirituality.

During my time at Regis, I had also been exposed to the monastic community in Taize, France, which is unique in being an ecumenical monastic community (and was founded by a Calvanist of all things!). This spurred me to travel to Europe and spend two weeks at the monastery in order to help discern where my journey was heading next. I decided to continue my education, so upon my return I enrolled at Denver Seminary and began pursuing my M.A. In Christian Formation and Soul Care. In one of my classes at seminary I encountered an ecumenical monastic community-without-walls called the Grey Robed Monks of St. Benedict, and after some time getting to know the members of the local group, I made my simple profession to the community. With all this under my belt, I expected  that I would soon be able to enter some form of traditional ministry, but that wasn’t the direction my life would take. That fall I began dating, and was soon engaged, and a little over a year after finishing my masters, I was married to my beautiful wife Lyndie, and the following year after a few odd jobs I found myself working in a warehouse where I would spend the next three and a half years.

Working in a warehouse isn’t where I anticipated ending up, but I took the opportunity to see what I could learn. The company was young so I was able to grow along with it, stretching myself in ways I wouldn’t have expected. But I started to feel a yearning for something more, and my time there seemed like it would soon end, at least as soon as I figured out what to do next. Instead, I found myself thrust out into the wilderness by being laid off. So, now we come to the present where I find myself at a crossroads, wondering what is coming next. So, I hope you’ll join me as I continue forward along the winding path of life, and see what we can both learn along the way.

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