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David Marshall

Research Fellow

Academic Director, Building Bridges Seminar

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June 12, 2019

2019 Building Bridges Seminar Held in Geneva

Hosted by the World Council of Churches, the eighteenth Building Bridges Seminar is organized around the theme “Freedom: Muslim and Christian Perspectives.” Berkley Center Research Fellow David Marshall is the seminar's academic director.

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Rev. Dr. David Marshall is the academic director of the Building Bridges Seminar for theological dialogue between Muslim and Christian scholars, which he helped launch in 2002 and in which he has been involved ever since. Since 2012, Building Bridges has been directed from Georgetown University, where Marshall is a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. He has served in a variety of contexts, including as chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury from 2000 to 2005, where he had responsibility for interfaith relations. Much of Marshall’s work has been in the field of theological education. He has taught at St. Paul’s University (Limuru, Kenya), Edinburgh University, Duke Divinity School, Georgetown University, Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome), and Bern University. From 2018 to 2021, he served as program executive in interreligious dialogue and co-operation at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, with particular responsibility for Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim relations. Marshall studied theology at Oxford University and holds a doctorate in Islamic studies from Birmingham University.

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