Marsh leads the Project on Lived Theology at the University of
Virginia, which he describes as a means of bringing together academics
and practitioners. Its an attempt to bridge the gap btw the study of
theology and the practices of people in community.
This approach is borne of Marshs pilgrimage as a southerner who came
of age in the Jim Crow south, and who was haunted by early experience
of a faith disconnected from the anguishes of life. As a child and youth
in Alabama and Mississippi, Marsh watched his father, a Southern Baptist
minister, gradually move away from the acceptance of segregation and
eventually preach a sermon entitled Amazing Grace for Every Race.
Marsh records his experiences in a memoir, Last Days: A Sons Story of
Sin and Segregation at the Dawn of a New South.
Marsh has also written extensively about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as well as fellow Mississippian
Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights leader. His books include Reclaiming
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Gods Long Summer, and The Beloved Community.