[Washington National Cathedral] The Rev. Dr. Rosemarie Logan Duncan of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. has been named canon for worship at Washington National Cathedral and the Rev. Andrew Barnett, founder of Theodicy Jazz Collective, has been named the cathedral’s associate for music and worship.
The new appointments were announced by the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of Washington and interim dean of the cathedral.
“The cathedral has a unique vocation to be a house of prayer for all people,” Budde said. “Together with Canon Mike McCarthy, Rose and Andy will help express that call with an expanded worship repertoire and music that expresses the breadth of Anglican and other Christian traditions including jazz, gospel music, and global song.”
Duncan, who will take up her new post in mid-May, is a native of Washington D.C. who has served as associate rector at St. Columba’s for eleven years. She holds bachelor, master and doctoral degrees from Howard University and a master of divinity and doctor of ministry from Virginia Theological Seminary.
Before she was ordained to the priesthood in 2006, Duncan was a church musician, clinical psychologist for the DC General Hospital and the DC Department of Mental Health Services and researcher for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. She founded the Voices of Praise Choir at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. and the Contemporary Sacred Singers at Virginia Theological Seminary and is a member of the DC Federation of Musicians and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
“I hope to work collaboratively with the cathedral staff to enhance its rich liturgical tradition and explore ways to expand the worship experience to reflect the ever increasing diversity of our people,” she said.
Barnett, who has led worship and music at cathedrals across the Episcopal Church and in England, currently holds the Bishop’s Chair for Environmental Studies at Campbell Hall Episcopal School in Los Angeles and serves at All Saints Church, Beverly Hills. He holds a bachelor degree from Oberlin College, master degrees from Yale Environmental School and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and a certificate in liturgical studies from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
“I’m drawn to this notion of a ‘house of prayer for all people’ because we so need shared sacred space where we might gather with the saints at all times and from all places. Now, more than ever, we need ways to come together. That’s why Washington National Cathedral plays a unique role in the life of our country, and I’m honored to join the talented team that serves God and the mission of Jesus through worship at the cathedral.”
He will begin his work at the cathedral in mid-August.