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A Fond Farewell from Annemarie

Posted: 3:51PM August 6th, 2014 | Comments

To my friends and colleagues,
 
As some of you know, my last day with Sustain Dane is this Friday, August 8th, and I will soon be moving to Chicago. It has been an absolutely amazing last three and a half years and I am humbly grateful for the opportunity to work with this wonderful organization and all you wonderful and inspiring people.
 
I started working for Sustain Dane in May of 2011, when I was in the Sustainability Leadership Program at Edgewood College. I had come to the program looking to merge my understanding of natural systems - from my undergraduate degree in ecology - to my desire for a just and equitable world for all. I wanted to learn skills that I could apply to working with organizations to contribute to a better way of working and doing business. My position with Sustain Dane was exactly what I was looking for and I still can’t believe how fortunate I was to find a job where I could directly work on sustainability issues (and get paid for it!).
 
The work of Sustain Dane is important, useful, and relevant to our time and place in the world. I see positive change happening in organizations and individuals, and I am grateful I've been able witness so much of it. I’ve never been someone to want “just a job” and certainly my position with Sustain Dane has been so much more, indeed more than I ever imagined. If you are reading this, you’ve been a part of that in some way and I thank you.
 
Coexisting with my love and appreciation for this job and the people I have met and worked with is a little voice inside of me saying, “You’re not There yet.” There is where my work in the world requires me to be the person I most want to be; where my natural gifts, personal passion and learned skills and knowledge (e)merge. My search for There has lead to me to now pursue interfaith chaplaincy training with a focus on Buddhist studies. Like many of you, I believe that sustainability requires of us something beyond operational changes. I believe it requires personal change a deep level, a change in how we understand and relate to our world and those in it. At an individual level, one of the roles of a chaplain is to assist people to change what can be changed and to cope positively and peacefully with that which cannot be altered. From my perspective this applies not only to personal challenges, but extends to planetary issues such as climate change, war, inequity, and environmental devastation.
 
This fall I will begin a three-year masters of divinity program at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. While my eyes tear up at the thought of leaving this amazing community, I am excited to head into the unknown and continue on the search for my There
 
Forward,
Annemarie
 
For those who would like to stay in touch, please find me on LinkedIn and/or Facebook. I'd be happy to stay connected!
 
“The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world — we've actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.” ~ Joanna Macy, Bioneer 2010
 

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