Beverly Eikenberry

A Pilgrim in Inner-Peace, Peacemaking, and Anti-Racism Activism

Stories of Key Peace & Justice Work

Beverly Eikenberry’s motivation is to help people see from the other person’s point of view. That led her to be trained in mediation and to work for study abroad. She was a baby boomer, born in 1947 following the return of her non-combatant father from WWII.  At the age of 73, she is still trying to do what she can to promote peace and justice.  

At a young age, Beverly chose to learn Spanish so she could communicate with our closest neighbors and has frequently visited Latin America. She traveled to the Philippines with the Peace Corps to teach English as a Second Language where she celebrated her first and second marriage anniversaries. She was pregnant when she left the Philippines. She chose to be a stay-at-home mom, training her sons in conflict resolution skills from a young age.

In her long-time career, she has worked for many organizations. Today we will share her role in the Education for Conflict Resolution and Ministry of Reconciliation under On Earth Peace; the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima, Japan; and the Church of the Brethren.

Read Beverly's stories at the key organizations she has been a part of:

Church of the Brethren World Friendship Center Education for Conflict Resolution and Ministry of Reconciliation/ On Earth Peace

For additional information about Beverly's work, read about how On Earth Peace has impacted her work.

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Church of the Brethren

The Church of the Brethren (CB) is an organization whose goal is to support and deepen Christian faith. Beverly was the director of the International Church Work Camps for Church of the Brethren Youth and Young Adults (1997 – 2003). Her responsibilities included planning and directing summer work camps in Ecuador, El Salvador, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic.

Follow Church of the Brethren's progress and work:

Church of the Brethren's Website

Church of the Brethren's Facebook

Church of the Brethren's Twitter

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World Friendship Center

The World Friendship Center (WFC) is an organization that strives to be a window to the world of the devastation of atomic weapons. Beverly's role is as co-director of World Friendship Center in Hiroshima, Japan under the auspices of Brethren Volunteer Service (2003-2005). Her responsibilities included managing the Center which hosts 120 international guests monthly with breakfast, while also teaching seven English classes weekly. She also helped to provide an annual hosted exchange between Americans, Germans, South Koreans and Japanese, trained Peace Park tour guides, provided a monthly program for survivors of the Atomic Bomb, and hosted seminars on peace and conflict transformation.

Follow World Friendship Center's progress and work:

World Friendship Center's Website

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Education for Conflict Resolution and Ministry of Reconciliation/ On Earth Peace

Education for Conflict Resolution and Ministry of Reconciliation’s goal is to put into the hands of as many people as possible the tools to resolve conflict peacefully. The Ministry of Reconciliation is part of the Church of the Brethren under On Earth Peace, which focuses on supporting people who are working for Justice and peace, helping them to develop as leaders in their communities. Beverly is a Mediator and Conflict Intervention specialist, a role she began in 1990 and still holds today. Locally the role mandates that she provide mediation services for the courts and community. She directed the Peace Learning Connection for Wabash County for grades 4-5 in the public schools (2007-2016). Through MoR she helped to lead the reconciliation process for church congregations and districts and provided training for church leadership.

Follow Education For Conflict Resolution and Ministry of Reconciliation/ On Earth Peace's progress and work:

On Earth Peace's Website

On Earth Peace's Facebook

On Earth Peace's Twitter

On Earth Peace's Instagram

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On Earth Peace's Impact on Beverly

“I attribute to OEP my leap toward becoming “woke” to anti-racism. I was required to be trained in anti-racism to be a member of the board and to continue as a board member to reflect on what we need to do differently and to think differently in order to work toward becoming a fully anti-racist organization. My eyes and heart have been opened. My desire to demonstrate, to speak in churches and to begin to organize locally for awareness are evidence of this growing awareness and learning. I feel both emboldened and humbled at the same time."
-- Beverly Eikenberry

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