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Letter from Rev. Lauren Grubaugh

Dear Friends in Christ,

It is with a heart full of gratitude for our journey together that I am writing this letter to let you know I have accepted a call to serve as Associate Rector at St. Tim’s Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Colorado. 

My time serving Christ Church Cathedral has prepared me well for this new call, in which I’ll be focused on formation and discipleship in a growing parish seeking to practice radical hospitality. My last Sunday at CCC will be November 3.

CCC’s expression of church as a joyful, multilingual, intercultural worshipping community at the heart of the city makes the cathedral a beacon for Indianapolis, the wider church, and the world. It has truly been a blessing to serve CCC for my first call as a priest, and a privilege to be ordained here. I will carry the vital lessons I have learned among you into the years of ministry that lie ahead. 

My growth as a priest has been accelerated through the months of transition we have gone through together, and I am grateful for the many ways in which you have trusted me to serve you, especially as a preacher, pastor, and Youth Formation leader. I have been particularly grateful for the opportunity to serve cathedral youth —  listening to, praying with, and going on pilgrimage with them has revitalized my faith and brought me great joy. 

The move I am making is also a deeply personal one. Some of you have had occasion to meet my partner, Kurian Thomas. After spending the last couple of years long-distance, we eagerly anticipate building a life together in Colorado.

The last year has held a good deal of change for this community. Lord knows it has not always been easy! But my prayer has been, and will continue to be, that this change prove spiritually generative for CCC, and by extension, for all whom the community touches. I am confident that the Very Rev. Mary Slenski brings vital and needed gifts to this community as your interim Dean and Rector. She will be a wise pastor and gracious guide through this process. I will be working closely with Dean Mary and parish leadership to ensure a smooth transition for the Youth Formation, Catechumenate and Small Group programs, as well as the pastoral and liturgical responsibilities I have held. 

As CCC continues on the good road with Jesus, I want to encourage you to continue widening the circle. Keep asking who is not present at the table. Have courage in connecting in meaningful ways with those who worship in another language. Tell your stories of faith. Practice solidarity with all who may be experiencing insecurity or fear. Show love creatively and joyfully. Become the community Christ is calling you to be.

I will not be with you this Sunday, as I am facilitating the Episcopal Church Women’s retreat at Waycross. I look forward to prioritizing time with you in the days and weeks ahead to talk and pray together.

God bless you and keep you,