The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South


The Rev. Nadim Nassar to Speak on Interfaith Issues

Hargrove Auditorium,

The Rev. Nadim Nassar, a Syrian native and Church of England priest, is the director and co-founder of the Awareness Foundation and co-author of the Awareness Course. He established the Awareness Foundation in 2003 with Bishop Michael Marshall in response to the growing need to study the Christian faith in the context of the 21st century. The topic of his lecture is international peace and understanding the ministries of the Awareness Foundation of London.

Nassar was born and raised in Lattakia, Syria, and he is the only Syrian priest in the Church of England. He studied at the Near East School of Theology from 1981 to 1988 during the Lebanese Civil War, which had a profound effect on him and his faith. He became the editor of the Arabic Hymnal for a year in Limassol, Cyprus then went to Lattakia, Syria, to be the minister of the National Evangelical Church in Lattakia, a member of the National Evangelical Synod in Syria and Lebanon. He stayed in Lattakia for two years then moved to Germany to continue his theological education.

Nassar has lectured in different universities in London, including the American Intercontinental University where he taught world religions, and at London Guildhall University, where he developed the 'Faith and Citizenship' seminar.

He is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland's Inter Faith Theological Advisory Group, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on International Religious Freedom, and he advises the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Nassar lectures, speaks, and teaches in the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S., and he leads diocesan conferences in the U.S., U.K. and Hong Kong. He gives frequent public lectures for many organizations, including the Ismaili Centre, the Christian Muslim Forum, and Near Neighbours, and has contributed articles to Britain's Guardian and Daily Telegraph daily newspapers, as well as The Tablet. He has been interviewed many times, including by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. Nadim is based at St. Nicholas’ church in Deptford and he preaches at churches across London.