Do you believe there is a need for more love in the world? Do you believe in peace, justice, and compassion? Do you align with liberal ideologies? Does your checkbook reflect your values? If so, I want to ask you for your support.
My name is Dan Miyake, and I am a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry. As part of the credentialing process, I am required to serve as a ministerial intern in one of our congregations for at least nine months. I have recently been invited to serve a congregation beginning in August (through June of 2020), and I am beyond excited! However, as you probably already know, internships aren't known for paying much money. As a 55 year old who made a mid-life career change and gave up a comfortable corporate position to go to seminary to try to make the world a better place, the internship stipend simply is not sufficient to even pay basic necessities of living.
I have a strong call to ministry, and believe my life is better spent in ministry and helping others than ensuring someone's computer software is working properly (former job). There's just some things that, at the end of the day, are more important to me. I feel called to walk with people on their on spiritual paths, to witness to the human condition, to be a compassionate and non-anxious presence for those who are suffering, and to be a voice of advocacy in support of a variety of social justice issues. I am passionate about what I do, and I wish to be an instrument of peace, love, and action.
I am so grateful that I have had many people affirm my call to ministry, and that have supported and encouraged me on my journey. I have included a few testimonials below.
Dan has both a head and a heart for pastoral ministry. He took a number of courses from my Pastoral Ministry track and from a colleague’s Pastoral Care track and did fine work in all of them. More than academic prowess, Dan consistently demonstrated thoughtfulness and a genuine sense of caring even when it was only working on case studies or scenarios. To Dan, even made-up examples represented real situations or people, and he creatively entered into every one.
Dan also has a passion for social justice. This comes from his experience as well as from a desire to understand the roots of injustice. He has proved himself competent in working with others toward a more just world, particularly for the LGBTQ community.
Throughout my years of knowing Dan, he has proven to be a person of integrity, wisdom, and creativity. I can only expect that will continue throughout his ministry career.
Rev. Dr. Philip C. Baisley
Professor of Pastoral Ministry, Earlham School of Religion
Dan has good communications skills and a sense of humor. He is compassionate and has a strong faith. Dan conveys these strengths in his interactions with others through his ability to express his concern and his strong desire to be of service to others.
Supervisor, Daybreak Dayton
Dan is motivated to”give back” in a way that he felt he has received. The depth of his commitment to Unitarian Universalism is refreshing. He sees our faith as a saving faith and recognizes its depth and value in a way I wish more of our members did!
Dr. Alice Diebel
Being a UU is a great source of pride for Dan. I can hear it in his voice when he speaks about his congregation and the denomination as a whole. Dan feels that he can make a difference in the world through UU ministry, and is quite motivated to become a UU minister.
Earlham School of Religion classmate
Dan’s commitment to ministry and to our movement is very evident in his work. As a minister, he offers others a model for using spiritual practice to overcome obstacles. His openness with sharing his personal struggles both in the pulpit and appropriately during pastoral visits deepens his ministry. As a chaplain, he developed his ministerial presence as a calm and caring person. Dan’s leadership is quiet and reflective, not showy and demonstrative. Personally, I think this kind of “walking beside” ministry is much needed in our movement.
Rev. Amy Russell
My image of you was as someone who is deeply spiritual and comfortable in your role with sharing your thoughts, insights, and knowledge with others. So, in a word: a minister.
I liked the way that you challenged the congregation with this sermon, and I loved a lot of the images and language that you used. Things that struck me were you sharing your own struggles with wondering, “How Much is Enough?” (this resonated with me), as well as the discussion of the critical nexus of fear and faith. I love that you are always willing to share your personal struggles, which makes your sermons so relatable.
Now for the nitty-gritty stuff...
My financial goals are as follows:
Moving expenses from Dayton, Ohio to Albany, New York: Estimated $1,400.
Target deadline date of July 26, 2019. This is to secure the U-Haul and pay for fuel for the trip.
Paying for an apartment each month. Rent will eat up over half of my monthly stipend.
Total needed $790.00 per month.
Then there are the recurring monthly expenses during the internship...
Minimum of $500 a month needed in supplementary income during the internship (10 months) to pay for living expenses such as food, health insurance, etc...
Rent and subsistence for 2 months following the internship as I transition back home to Dayton. Estimated $2,800.
Target date deadline of June 1st, 2019.
Moving expenses back to Dayton after the internship: $1,400.
Target deadline date of June 1st, 2019. This is to secure the U-Haul and pay for fuel for the trip.
Securing an apartment in Dayton: Variable, but estimated $300-500.
Target deadline date of June 1st, 2019.
Enough money to live on until I can find employment in Dayton: Variable and unknown at this time.
These figures are just for survival. That is not including anything for unseen things like car repairs or medical expenses.
My internship stipend works out to about $1370 a month net. You can see that there is not much left after rent. I intend to try to supplement my income by performing weddings and other services and by teaching music lessons. I have a master's degree in music. However, it will take some time to build up students, and there is no guarantee I will get wedding gigs.
I know there are a lot of worthy charities and campaigns out there to choose from, and I do hope they all get funding. However, I would be extremely grateful if you would consider helping me get through this internship so I can go out and help heal our troubled world.
In the Spirit,