The Ecumenical Stewardship Center has paired with Bethany Theological Seminary to provide a student with the opportunity to experience the ministry of working in a faith-based, non-profit organization. Karen Duhai, a second year student at the seminary, is interning with ESC through the spring of 2014.
A member of the Church of the Brethren and a licensed minister, Karen's ministry work thus far has had a dual focus: peace and justice issues, and youth and young adult ministry. She graduated from Elizabethtown College with a double major in Professional Writing and Religion. After graduating, she joined Brethren Volunteer Service and spent a year abroad in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, volunteering with a community relations organization. Upon her return to the states, Karen spent several years working with youth as the Church of the Brethren's Middle Pennsylvania District Youth Coordinator. Karen, however, felt like the next step in her ministry journey needed to be a formal commitment to ministry education and training, so she moved to Richmond, Indiana, to become a full-time student at Bethany Theological Seminary. There Karen has been able to continue to develop her passions for peace and young adult ministry through seminary education.
Feeling called to explore the realm of ministry outside a congregational setting, Karen has signed on with ESC to increase her understanding about how faith can inform the ways in which we live and work in the world. Truly believing that we are all members of one body, Karen is looking forward to working in the ecumenical setting that ESC provides. She is also looking forward to exploring the various meanings of stewardship and how they connect to our day to day lives.
Karen will be working on various projects for ESC. One in particular is related to her interests in writing and young adult ministry, as she will be creating a blog site for COMPASS: Navigating Financial Chaos, an ESC initiative launching in early 2014. In her writing, Karen will encourage young adults to make the connection between faith and finances, exploring what it means to navigate the financial chaos of today's world. Karen also will be creating the worship component of the forthcoming Leadership Seminar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
"I am delighted to welcome Karen Duhai to the Ecumenical Stewardship Center as a Minister-In-Training," said Marcia Shetler, Executive Director/CEO of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. "Karen brings gifts and skills that will benefit ESC's mission in many ways this year, especially as we launch the COMPASS: Navigating Financial Chaos Initiative. Those on the COMPASS: Navigating Financial Chaos Steering Committee, the Leadership Seminar Design Team, others from our partners in ministry and I look forward to working with Karen and learning along with her as she provides new insights about generous giving and faithful stewardship from her perspective. Also, this partnership is an opportunity to strengthen ESC's roots in theological education."