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Author Charles Marsh to Speak at King University, Emmanuel Episcopal Church

BRISTOL, Tenn., October 25, 2017 –King University Institute for Faith and Culture (KIFC) welcomes author Charles Marsh to speak Monday, Nov. 6 as part of King’s 2017-18 Lecture Series. Marsh will speak on “This Little Light of Mine: The Integrity of Christian Witness – Lessons from Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Ella Jo Baker” at 9:15 a.m. in King University’s Memorial Chapel on the main campus in Bristol. At 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church located at 700 Cumberland Street in Bristol, Virginia, Marsh will speak on “What is Christianity, or Who is Christ, for Us Today: The Enduring Challenge of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life and Thought.” The events are co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier and are free and open to the public.

“Charles Marsh’s published works take us to places of both discomfort and heroism: we find here the segregated South and Nazi Germany, but we also find the prophetic witness of people like John Perkins and Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” said Martin Dotterweich, Ph.D., associate professor of History and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at King. “Marsh’s reflections on Christian faith and its practical implications are relevant for any time, but perhaps particularly so just now. In both his lectures, we look forward to an encounter with the past that brings wisdom and resolve.”

Charles Marsh is an acclaimed author of seven major works and a popular speaker on the topic of how religious beliefs and social practices of ordinary people often conflict. He is currently the Commonwealth Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and director of the Project on Lived Theology.

Marsh’s first book, “Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Promise of His Theology,” was published in 1994, after which he began considering the religious and moral paradoxes of his southern Protestant upbringing. His next work, “God’s Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights,” won the 1998 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Marsh co-authored a book with civil rights activist John M. Perkins. “Welcoming Justice: God’s Movement Toward Beloved Community” was published in Fall 2009 and is based on lectures delivered during the Teaching Communities Conference at the Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation.

Marsh’s work “Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” received the 2015 Christianity Today Book Award in History.

Marsh received a Bachelor of Arts from Gordon College and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. He also earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia

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