I’m Stepping Down in June

Dear All Souls,

After nearly seven years as your senior minister, I have decided to step down from my position in June. My last Sunday in the pulpit will be June 7, 2020. I have prepared this frequently asked question sheet that provides some additional information about the whys and whats of this transition.

Dear ones, I am so grateful to be your minister. I have felt deeply honored to be invited into your lives, to share in your joys and sorrows, and to accompany you through so many significant life and congregational transitions. The hardest part about leaving All Souls will be saying goodbye to all of you.

This Sunday in worship, I’ll talk more about what serving at All Souls has meant to me.

I’m not leaving because I’m unhappy being your minister or because I have found a “better” congregation. I love being your minister! I love worshipping with you on Sundays. I have joy seeing this congregation learn to do new things and vision for its future. I am fulfilled seeing our people put love in action by showing up for mass transit, marriage equality, reproductive justice, criminal justice reform, and our planet. I am inspired by our talented and committed staff and discerning lay leaders. I am excited to come to work each day. Leaving you requires me to summon courage.

I’m leaving because as much as I love being your minister, my commitment to my family comes first. For nearly two years, Kent searched for a position in Indianapolis that would meet his career needs, but ultimately his search led him to a national policy position in the Washington, D.C. area that requires him to be in-office come June 2020. We plan to move our family this summer, and this Spring I will be conducting a search for a congregation to serve there starting in August 2020.

I also believe that All Souls will be well served by new ministerial leadership. There are wonderful ministers out there, and many will be very excited about coming to All Souls. I have great faith in All Souls’ future, because I have great faith in all of you.

I am announcing my decision to leave earlier than is typical in order to give the congregation and its leadership ample time to make thoughtful decisions about All Souls’ future. In the coming weeks, the Board will share with you a road map for ministerial transition. The Unitarian Universalist Association is prepared to support you.  

In the meantime, I am very much committed to being your minister through June, and am excited for this congregation to claim its vision for All Souls over the next few months as we: reveal All Souls Indianapolis’ rebranded identity, hold sessions to envision how we put love into action, create a vibrant 20s/30s ministry, and finally to honor what we’ve accomplished together and practice the tender and important art of offering a good “goodbye” as June 7 draws near.

In the next few months, we will have time to more fully process our grief, express our gratitude for one another, honor what has been, and say goodbye.  In closing, I want to say thank you for shaping me and my ministry. You will always be with me.

With deep love and gratitude,

Rev. Anastassia