Pastor Daniel Medina
Rev. Dr. Daniel Medina, author of The Year in Haiku Series, Little Havana Haiku, Urban Guru, and The Scandalous Menu: Supper for Prophets & Disciples, was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Miami, Florida. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma and St Thomas University (Florida Center for Theological Studies) in Miami Gardens, FL, and completed the MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) program from Brown University. Along with his teaching service at South Dade Senior High School, Dr. Medina is a Professor at the Johnnie Coleman Theological Seminary in Miami Gardens, FL.
He is an Ordained Minister with the United Church of Christ. Dan is also an InterSpiritual Director, a Lay Zen Practitioner, a Sound Therapist, a Certified Vipassanā Meditation Teacher, and Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher, Martial Artist, Haiku Poet, Jazz drummer, Urban gardener, Painter, and Amateur Photographer. Dan is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Psychological Association, The Society of Buddhist Christian Studies, and a Life Member of Theta Alpha Kappa. Dr. Medina is a board member of the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation, a New York-based 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). He lives in the historic Little Havana area in the City of Miami with his wife, Victoria.