Mary R. Grover
I have heard that the senior warden is the “dean’s warden,” while the junior warden is the “people’s warden.” I believe that one of the primary roles of the junior warden is to serve as a conduit between the congregation and the vestry. As a licensed professional counselor, I have garnered experience in listening to a wide variety of people who bring aspirations, hopes, and dreams, as well as complaints, hurt, and general disgruntlement. My goal is always to listen non-judgmentally, with compassion, and to truly hear what the person is expressing. As junior warden, I would hope to serve in this capacity as needed and represent the congregation to the vestry and clergy staff.
As the director of support services at Tender Mercies for fiftenn years, I have had the responsibility, with assistance, for the well-being of hundred and fifty residents (formerly homeless individuals with histories of mental illness). This position can range from ensuring that a new resident is comfortably housed to facilitating the hospitalization on a psychiatric unit for a resident not doing well. I have endeavored to bring a non-judgmental listening position while encouraging self-expression of others. In serving as junior warden, I would hope to be seen as someone congregants can talk with, while they express ideas, dreams, and suggestions for alternate ways of doing things.
I try, and often fail, to live up to my baptismal vows. I am particularly drawn to the vow to “seek and serve Christ in all we undertake.” Christ Church Cathedral has a long and rich history of serving those who have been trodden upon. It is my hope that this ministry will continue and grow. It is also my hope that we continue to seek and serve Christ in one another, endeavoring to love one another as he loves us, so that we can be conduits of welcome, belonging and peace, and even challenge ourselves to engage in different ways of being, learning, and growing together.