Wishing you all a beautiful transition into Autumn! For so many, this begins a time of gathering together, shedding old layers, and looking at the year behind and the year ahead. This has certainly been a "rite of passage" year for Stepping Stones, as the community has had to learn to grow, to grieve, and to remember each other and our shared mission in even deeper ways.
I have worked with Stepping Stones for about 5 years now, and have been serving as Director of Stepping Stones since Danielle's announcement of her illness in Spring. I am now writing to announce my stepping down as Director for maternity leave.
This has been a year of great transition that has seen the departure of key staff and the completion of many groups. In September, the new Executive Director resigned after two weeks of training. We have also seen significant transitions among leaders and youth in our program. The Board and wider village is looking deeply at all this, as we search for how best to serve our families and fund a more sustainable SSP. At the same time, we are bringing new families, new vision, and new babies into the village!
I have seen my role as Director as a steward of a living system. Many of us use the metaphor of being "fire tenders" for our shared purpose as part of this circle. At times, this year has felt like a forest fire for Stepping Stones. But forest fires are also an inherent part of the system, a way of maintaining balance on a far greater scale than any of us individuals can see, let alone control. As things fall away, so too new life awaits. We are working hard to shore up our systems and bring on new staff to support. We invite you all to help share this role of fire tenders with us.
It has been an honor to serve as SSP's Director during this time of great transformation. I step away with great trust in those who remain, tending this fire, this village, this shared cause. I step away with faith in the seeds that we've sown, knowing their design lay within, to bud and blossom far beyond our own time.
Thank you for allowing me to offer my gifts to this community, for seeing me, for hearing me, for helping me learn, and forgiving me for all the ways I've fallen short of perfect. Your love allows me to step away and tend to what is most important now - my growing family.
I intend to return in February 2018, although in a smaller capacity, to continue to tend to SSP as best I can, as a new mom.
You can direct most inquiries to email@example.com. This email will be tended by long time volunteers until further staffing is decided. You can direct program inquiries to my closest colleague Laurie, firstname.lastname@example.org.