Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" (Matthew 14:28-31) Dear friends and colleagues in the Diocese of Pennsylvania,
Three years ago, I moved to Philadelphia to join the staff in the Offices of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. When I arrived, I had no idea what to expect, nor did I realize just how big of an impact that being in this community would have on me. However, my time in the Diocese has deeply formed me as a leader in the Episcopal Church, especially as a leader who works with children and youth. This happened through each of the silly songs we sang at City Camp, the prayers prayed with youth at Nightwatch, and even through our shared meals and conversations in meetings. It has been a joy and a blessing to experience each of these moments with you.
This summer, I spent a lot of time reflecting on the story of Jesus calling Peter out on the waters, specifically the text found in Matthew 14. When I first arrived in Philadelphia, I truly felt like I was being called to walk on deep waters and that trust that Jesus would be there through it all. I don't think that I could have done this without the strength that has come from the community that we have built and through our shared ministry together.
Once again, the call has come for me to walk on deep waters and take the next step in my journey. It is with gratitude and a heavy heart that I set my sights for Waycross Camp and the Diocese of Indianapolis. I will miss everyone greatly, but I know that we will continue to be with each other as we live out our call to share the good news with others and be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
I will leave little bit of my heart in the City of Brotherly Love and sisterly affection, and I will also be taking a piece of the Diocese of Pennsylvania with me. I will continue to hold this Diocese in my prayers daily. I also hope and pray that our paths will cross again soon.
Thank you for your support, partnership, and ministry. It has been an honor to serve you and work with you to build God's kingdom together.