The Task Force to Study Dual-Call Couples has released Dual-Call Couples: Gifts & Challenges for the Church, a 24-minute video that will inform its report to the 79th General Convention.
The Church Pension Group estimated in 2013 that the Episcopal Church is home to approximately 428 dual-call couples and that about 14 percent of active priests are married to other Episcopal clergy.
As part of its work, the Task Force initiated a listening process. “A big part of what we do is getting the wider church talking about dual call — the challenges and the opportunities,” said the Rt. Rev. Douglas Fisher, Bishop of Western Massachusetts and chairman of the task force. “We have not made definitive statements — we have invited dialogue.”
The video features these couples (in order of appearance):
- The Rev. Albert Jennings, rector of St. Timothy’s, Macedonia, Ohio, and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies
- The Rev. José Reyes, associate rector of All Saints, Worcester, and the Rev. Mary Rosendale, rector of Trinity Church, Ware, Massachusetts
- The Rev. Bennett G. Jones II, rector of Christ Church, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and the Rev. Carolyn G. Jones, associate rector for family ministry
- The Rev. Colin Mathewson and the Rev. Laurel Mathewson, co-vicars of St. Luke’s North Park, San Diego
- The Rev. Elizabeth Farr and the Rev. Matthew Farr, recent graduates of the University of the South’s School of Theology
- The Rev. Courtney Davis-Shoemaker and the Rev. Adam Shoemaker, rector of St. Stephen’s, Charleston, South Carolina, who interviewed while serving in the Diocese of North Carolina
- The Rev. Matthew Johnson, deacon at St. Nicholas, Ridgefield, and the Rev. Jason Lucas, rector of St. Edward the Confessor, Wayzata, Minnesota
Adapted from the Office of Public Affairs