Dear beloved community,
What a journey the last four years have been. As I prepare to say goodbye, my heart is tender as I reflect back on all of the experiences and the joy that this community has brought to my life. It is at CSLBV where I gave my first Sunday talk as a ministerial student and where I discovered that pulpit ministry was what I was called to do. I knew it the first time I spoke here four years ago. I’ll never forget that moment, as it felt like I had come home. It is here where I not only gained experience speaking but also experience teaching spiritual classes, working with the board and practitioners, and learning what it takes to run a Center. The knowledge I’ve gained has been invaluable but it’s the people that have made the biggest impact on me.
It’s these experiences that have given me the courage to move forward in my ministerial career and for that I am grateful. I am more confident, more grounded and ready to launch into something new. I know my leaving has been hard on the community. Although I have received many sweet and supportive messages from congregants, both in person and via email, I also know that some have been hurt by my decision and for that, I am deeply sorry for any pain I have caused. However, I know that I must follow my inner guidance and say yes to what Spirit is calling me to do next. My career as a minister is just beginning and I can feel the expansiveness within me.
I know that the absolute perfect minister will show up to support this amazing community and that the love that is present will continue to be a healing to all those who find their way here, whether for the first time or the hundredth time. May this experience be a catalyst for growth, both individually and collectively. God is always conspiring for our highest and best good and giving us experiences that support our evolution. I trust and know that this is true for each one of us, as well as for the community as a whole.
Thank you CSLBV for your love, your kindness, and your welcoming and supportive heart all these years. This has been my spiritual home and it’s truly been an honor and a privilege to be a part of it. I will always be grateful for all that I received from this community. Your smiling faces, kind words, loving hugs, as well as your presence on Sundays and in my classes have deeply touched me. Thank you for everything. This community will always hold a special place in my heart. I love you all.
Much love and infinite gratitude,