Citing unforeseen emergent changes in her family situation, Pastor Vicki Wunsch has tendered her resignation from LC/NA effective December 30, 2011. In her letter of resignation, Vicki said, “This was a very difficult decision for me as I have enjoyed working with LC/NA over the last few years in my role as lead trainer with the Institute for Welcoming Resources and was just getting settled into my new position. I am sad and disappointed to be leaving LC/NA after such a short tenure, and I want to be clear that my decision has nothing to do with the organization, the work, the staff, or my job. My decision is solely based on recent family changes that have significantly impacted my ability to work full time and travel extensively.
“I believe this organization can serve as a model for other welcoming church programs and believe that LC/NA does incredible work not only in the Lutheran church, but in the wider interfaith pro-LGBT movement. I wish the best for LCNA as it continues to create a community where everyone can be fully welcome, and I also hope to be able to do more work with LC/NA in the future as I am able.”
The recruiting process which led to Vicki’s hiring surfaced a number of qualified candidates well known to LC/NA. The process to fill the Grassroots Organizing and Training Coordinator position was restarted on January 2, 2012. We hope to have the position filled by the end of the month. In the meantime Vicki has agreed to fulfill certain obligations which were calendared prior to her resignation on a contract basis.
Executive Director Emily Eastwood said, “LC/NA is committed to the support of all families, especially the families of our staff members. We realize that there are times when family must come before a job. As we know, parenting is a vocation. We respect Vicki’s choice in this difficult time. Her warmth, good humor and quick wit will be missed here in the office. We pray God’s blessing on her and her family.”
Until the position has been filled, Emily Eastwood will cover its programmatic responsibilities.