by Jerry L. Van Marter
LOUISVILLE (PNS) Sara Speicher, longtime active in the ecumenical movement, has been named interim executive director of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA), a Geneva-based Christian alliance for advocacy and policy engagement.
Founded in 2000, EEA is an international network of 85 member churches ― including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ― and church-related organizations from Roman Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical and Orthodox traditions, which are committed to joint action on issues of common global concern. Current campaign issues, mandated in its 2013 General Assembly for 2014-2017, are HIV and AIDS, and food justice and sustainability.
Speicher succeeds Peter Prove, an Australian Lutheran, who is stepping down after four years.
She joined the EAA in 2004 as a communications consultant from her United Kingdom-based home. Prior to that, she worked for the World Council of Churches from 1997-2003, first in the department for International Affairs and then in Communication, ultimately serving as Coordinator of the Public Information Team. She holds master’s degrees from DePaul University in Chicago and from Lancaster University in England.
Originally from the United States, Speicher holds dual U.S. and British citizenship and resides in the UK with her husband and son.