One thing The Next Door is excited about in 2017 is the addition of a new full-time Chaplain! Here’s a bit about Carrie and her plans for this new role:
What is your background?
I’m from South Dakota and I grew up in the church. I was active in youth groups, choir, and church summer camp. The first years of my career was working with abused and neglected children and then began working with adolescents. Working with Native American youth and their families is where I began working in the recovery field. The Native American traditions hold spirituality as an integrated part of daily life. This influence along with my continued church involvement helped me discern that it was time to attend seminary. I attended Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and did a dual degree program in Divinity and Marriage and Family Therapy.
What calls you to work in the recovery field?
I strongly believe that addiction is the dis-ease in our connection with God, self, and others. This dis-ease creates a breakdown in relationships. As we talk about addiction being a spiritual disease then it also requires a spiritual solution. People often feel abandoned or disconnected from God in active addiction. The importance of having spiritual services for people working on recovery is to provide them with a safe place to heal and reconcile their relationship with God. They need to hear about God’s love and grace especially at those moments where they feel so deeply entrenched in shame.
What new ideas do you have to enhance / expand the Spiritual Wellness program at The Next Door?
My hope for The Next Door is to continue to provide the strong base of volunteers who are the hands and feet of God in the world. We use the phrase “Spiritual Wellness” because it is a holistic approach to attending to the spiritual needs of the women entrusted to our care. This would include prayer and meditation practices, body movement such as Yoga, music, and hearing from a wide range of voices from within the church and recovery community.
Share any hobbies or personal interests you have.
I enjoy reading (usually have several books going at once), live music, hiking, trail running, knitting, spending time with friends, and mostly hanging out with my dog, Marley Macabee.