George N. Marshall

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Marshall, George N. (1916–1993)

From 1960 to 1985, Marshall led the Unitarian church’s most unconventional body, the Church of the Larger Fellowship. From its office in Boston, Marshall reached Unitarians around the world who did not live near a church, an estimated 4,000 members. He communicated with them by mail, computer network, fax, audio and videotaped sermons, publications, and toll-free telephone numbers for counseling.

A friend of Albert Schweitzer, Marshall was a founding member of the American Friends of Albert Schweitzer. In addition to two books about Schweitzer, he wrote eight volumes on religious and social themes, including Facing Death and Grief (1981) and Challenge of a Liberal Faith (1970).

Marshall took part in civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, was an outspoken advocate of the separation of church and state, and opposed prayer in public schools as well as tax aid to religious schools. He once had been minister of the historic First Church in Plymouth, Massachusetts, founded near where the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.