From Reverend Anna

Dear Good Shepherd Family,

I have bittersweet news to share: I have accepted a call to serve as Director of the School for Christian Faith and Leadership for the Diocese of Washington. I am excited for this opportunity to be a part of the Diocesan team and work with congregations around the Diocese. As you well know, equipping church leaders for ministry in the context of change and challenge is a big part of my calling as a priest. I am also excited for you to turn your full attention to finding and welcoming your next rector. We have done good work together and I am confident that you are ready.

Here’s what this means for our time together. My position at the Diocese will start September 1. I have worked out a plan with the Bishop to begin my new role at 80% in order to give time for a good transition at Good Shepherd. I will be with you two Sundays in September and two in October. I will continue to work with the wardens, staff, and Vestry during that time, with special attention to supporting the Vestry in launching the rector search and planning for the time between my departure and the arrival of your new rector. My last Sunday at Good Shepherd will be October 29.

We will have plenty of time to say our goodbyes. I will just start by saying how much I have enjoyed being your interim rector. We have shared joy and sorrow, blessing and loss. That sort of deep sharing leaves its mark: I will be forever transformed by the time we have spent together. I have seen you love one another and felt your love turn towards me. I am so grateful to you and to God that our ministries have overlapped for this chapter. 

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