The Rev. Mary Carson

Please reflect on your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community:

Over many years of ordained ministry, I have a breadth of experience having served with a variety of congregations, on a diocesan staff, and with a faith-based organization. I am currently investing much of my time and energy in the mission and ministry of St. James in its Westwood neighborhood and on the west side of Cincinnati. We have been weaving a network of partnerships with a focus on promoting better cross-racial understanding and building racial equity. Since coming to Southern Ohio in late 2016, I have served on the Commission on Congregational Life, the Board of Examining Chaplains, and as a Transition Consultant.

Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?

I have served on the Disciplinary Boards in both the Dioceses of Ohio and Southern Ohio including serving on the hearing panel for a particularly complex case in the Diocese of Ohio. In my position as Transition Office on Ohio’s diocesan staff, I was deeply involved in clergy issues from the ordination process to mediating clergy/parish conflicts and everything in between. I pray that the Regional Disciplinary Board will never have to meet, but I believe I am well prepared through experience and by temperament to respect the dignity of all involved in a disciplinary process and to require accountability for actions when necessary.