Meet Dane Anthony

The Basics

Degree/Training:

BS in Agriculture, Missouri State University and M.Div. Midwestern Seminary. Dane also has a Certification from Stillpoint Center for Spiritual Formation.

Brief Bio:

Dane serves as the Director of Spiritual Formation, co-facilitates several groups, and provides pre-marital counseling at Sage Hill Counseling.

Dane has been in higher education for the majority of his professional career. He has been at Belmont University in several capacities for 25 years: Chaplain, Associate Dean of Students, and currently as Field Education Advisor/Faculty.

Dane also maintains a Spiritual Direction practice which he has been doing formally for nearly 10 years.

Where are you from?

Born in Elkhart, Indiana, but call St. Louis, Missouri home (Go Cardinals!).

What is the one thing about yourself that you would like people to know?

I am a Tennessee Master Gardener. My wife Maggie and I love spending time working in and harvesting from our backyard garden. It is one of my favorite peaceful places on the planet.

Do you believe a cup is half empty or half full?

I’m looking for more cups to fill.

Do you have any pets?

We have a Terrier-Sheltie mix rescue dog: Chula (Spanish for “cutie”) – she has human eyes.

What is something you are proud about?

I’m proud of my wife! She has a beautiful gift of hospitality and generosity of spirit which comes out in her work, her cooking, and her love for those around her.

Questions about your practice

What do you value about being a spiritual director and group facilitator?

I am grateful for the opportunity to create a peaceful and safe space for the soul to emerge—exploring, in new ways, deep spiritual conversations.

What do you think is important for a client to look for in a spiritual director?

For me, this is about deep listening—listening without an agenda or goal. I often tell those who are seeking direction that we have many people in our lives who will listen to or at us, but seldom do we have someone who will listen with and for us. There is no doubt that this is a gift.

How does your faith play itself out in your work?

I don’t really make distinctions in my life like this. There is, for me in every conversation some inkling of our inner life seeking to find its way out. To say it another way, I am never having a conversation in which I believe the Spirit is not integrally involved in guiding and directing.

Just for fun

What do you do for fun?

My wife and I enjoy visiting our adult children—New York City and Southern California are great places to do that!

I also really enjoy being in my garden. It’s hard, fun, rewarding work!

What is the last book you read?

I’m always reading several books at a time. My latest favorite is “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. Always reading poets David Whyte, Wendell Berry, and Mary Oliver.

If you had six months off work, how would you spend it?

My wife and I would find a little place on the coast of Spain and integrate ourselves in everyday life.

Are you a morning person or a night person?

No question, morning!

What adjective would a close friend use to describe you?

Loyal.

Favorites

What is your favorite movie?

I really enjoy films. I teach a college course called Jesus in the Gospel and Film, in which we explore the thematic teachings of Jesus as they’re interpreted and re-interpreted in modern films.

I really like Cool Hand Luke, and the French film, Les Choristes (seen each more than 25 times), and Departures (Japanese).

Which is your favorite music and your favorite singer/band?

James Taylor has been singing the soundtrack of my life for several decades.

Which T.V. program would you never miss?

We’re big fans of BBC series and Masterpiece Theater on NPT.

Who is you favorite actor/actress/celebrity?

Always been a fan of Gregory Peck (Atticus Finch).

Who is your favorite sportsperson and why?

Stan Musial, hall of famer for the St. Louis Cardinals—a kind, respectful man who happened to be a slammin’ ballplayer.

Which is the last album you purchased?

The Best of Earth, Wind, and Fire!!

If you could...

If you were a character from any movie, who would you be?

I resonate with Woody from Toy Story.

If you could travel back through time to spend one day, to when would you travel?

I’d like to be standing behind the first person to make fire…

If you were a super hero, who would you be and why?

Spiderman has always been my go-to. He’s more human and relatable—I could imagine myself shooting webs…

Would you like to climb a mountain or trek across a desert?

No question—mountain, I like the mystery of not seeing it all at once.

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