The Forum with Rev. Nadim Nassar
March 31, 2019
The only Syrian-born Anglican priest in the world on his work with The Awareness Foundation, which through education empowers children and young people in Syria and Iraq to build peace in a region torn apart by war.
About the guest
The Rev. Nadim Nassar is Director and co-founder of the London-based international Awareness Foundation. The only Syrian-born Anglican priest in the world, Nassar is a passionate and captivating author, preacher and speaker in his mission to build ecumenical and interfaith bridges in a world torn by strife and devastating warfare. A priest in the Church of England, he travels the globe to encourage and inspire informed and enlightened dialogue among Christians, Jews and Muslims. His captivating book, The Culture of God, was published in 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton. Nadim was brought up in a large Christian family in Lattakia, Syria. His studies in Beirut at the Near East School of Theology between 1981 and 1988 during the Lebanese Civil War often put his life at risk and had a profound effect on him. He was ordained by the Bishop of London at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square in 2004.
Nassar speaks and teaches in the Middle East, North America, Europe and Asia. He gives frequent lectures for many organizations, including the Al-Khoei Foundation, the Post-Davos Nordic Summit and the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. His upbringing in the Middle East and his understanding of the Abrahamic faiths mean Nassar is uniquely placed to offer an authentic Christian voice to other faiths, especially Islam. He preaches at churches across London and worldwide and is sought after by broadcast, print and social media outlets. His deep spirituality is enlivened by an engaging sense of humor and the ability to forge deep friendships and enduring relationships among people of faith – and those coming to faith. His work and the work of the Awareness Foundation in Syria and Iraq, supported by prayerful partners and donors from around the globe, is life-giving.
About the host
The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.
About The Forum
The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.
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