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TRIM-EFSM Coordinator Hired

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Carrie EicklerCarrie Eikler has been named the new half-time coordinator of the TRIM and EFSM Ministry Training Programs at the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. She will begin her duties on February 1, 2014. The Brethren Academy is a ministry training partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary. She will also continue as the copastor of the Morgantown Church of the Brethren/Mennonite Church USA (a dually affiliated congregation) in West Virginia, where she has served since 2007. As part of her new position, she will spend a minimum of a half week per month in office on the Bethany campus in Richmond, Indiana, or at the denominational offices in Elgin, Illinois.

Eikler is a 2000 graduate of Manchester College and a 2007 MDiv graduate of Bethany Seminary. While in seminary, she served as the peace studies assistant, interim admissions assistant, New Testament teaching assistant, worship coordinator, and a Student Leadership Team member. Past work experience includes coordinating programs and events as well as administration for church and business settings. Currently she is affiliated with the Church of the Brethren Ministerial Association, Morgantown Women’s Clergy Network, and Allegheny Mennonite Conference Leadership Council and has served on the West Marva District Peace Team. Her continuing education experiences include ecumenical, Mennonite, and Church of the Brethren events and seminars, including the Academy’s Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Vital Pastor program.

Along with her husband, Torin, she has three young sons: Sebastian, Alistair, and Patrick. Carrie enjoys using her ministry and interpersonal skills in traditional and nontraditional ways, from leading worship and putting together worshipful work retreats to engaging her community through various parenting, local food, and intercultural groups.

 

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Katie Shaw Thompson
Master of Divinity

BethanyI have to admit I had no idea how much my cross-cultural trip to Marburg, Germany, would broaden my perspective. By immersing myself in German culture, I learned more about hospitality, theology, global politics, my neighbor, and myself than I thought possible in two weeks.

I was overwhelmed by the hospitality shown to us by the parish church and our host families. I will forever be grateful for those conversations across the table, across cultural differences, and across language barriers about the things that matter deeply to us all.