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David Marshall

Research Fellow

World Council of Churches

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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 has been the programme executive in interreligious dialogue and co-operation at the World Council of Churches in Geneva since August 2018, with particular responsibility for Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim relations. After studying theology at Oxford University he gained a doctorate in Islamic studies at Birmingham University. He has since 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. In 2002 Marshall helped launch the Building Bridges Seminar, one of the world’s leading projects in theological dialogue between Muslim and Christian scholars, and has been involved in this project 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. 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, and Georgetown University.

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