Dawn Daniels: Minister
Dawn Daniels serves the UUCM as pastoral minister in a 3⁄4 time capacity as she continues her graduate studies as a second year seminarian at the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. A professional spoken word artist and vocalist, Dawn served the UUFCM as Worship Director from July 2008 through July 2013 before she moved to Richmond for a year of full-time study. A native Michigander and mother of two sons (Tyler and Josh), Dawn’s eclectic professional background in the arts and human services includes experience as a freelance writer/storyteller, training and service as a chemical dependency treatment counselor in the US Navy and a happy stint as the interim executive director for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Gratiot and Montcalm Counties. She makes her home in Alma, Michigan with her youngest son, Josh, their pleasantly fat cat, Sam and a borderline embarrassing number of books.
Where is she? When is she…meaning when is the best time to contact our minister? The simple answer is anytime you have need is the best time. The more complex answer involves the reality of availability. Dawn’s set days off are currently Mondays and Thursdays (Monday is Sabbath time; Thursday is dedicated to seminary work). Fridays are reserved for sermon preparation. So except for emergencies, Dawn will not respond immediately to contacts made on Monday, Thursday and Friday. She is generally up in Mt. Pleasant at varying times on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and of course, Sunday. It is best to contact her in advance via email, Facebook, text or phone if you wish to meet with her: firstname.lastname@example.org, 989.763.6315 (cell #) and she can be found as Dawn Elliott Daniels on Facebook. It is always good practice to check with her in advance if you hope to catch her at the office. And if you perchance forget all of this, the schedule will be posted on the office door at the fellowship.
“We must knit together in this work as one . . . We must be willing to abridge ourselves of our superfluities, for the supply of other’s necessities... We must delight in each other, make each other’s conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our community as members of the same body.”