The Rev. Canon Alan F. Geyer, Ph.D.

Former Canon Ecumenist of Washington National Cathedral

In the spring of 2000, the Reverend Canon Alan Geyer, an ordained United
Methodist minister, became the Cathedral’s ethicist. For the two
years prior to that, he served as the Cathedral’s ecumenist. Dr.
Geyer received his Ph.D. from Boston University. He is professor
emeritus of Political Ethics and Ecumenics at the Wesley Theological
Seminary in Washington, D.C., and served as the Dag Hammarskjold
Professor of Peace Studies and Political Science at Colgate University.
He was also the founding chair of the George Hammond Sullivan Department
of Political Science at Mary Baldwin College.

From 1968 to 1972, Dr. Geyer was editor of The Christian Century and
president of the Christian Century Foundation. He has also served as
president of the Society of Christian Ethics, and has served on the
governing boards of the National Council of Churches, the Carnegie
Council on Ethics and International Affairs, the Life and Peace
Institute, and the Society for Values in Higher Education. He was chair
of the US Observers at the 1975 and 1980 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review
conferences in Geneva and has participated in the United Nations Special
sessions on Disarmament. Dr. Geyer also served as the Executive Director
of the Churches’ Center for Theology and Public Policy in
Washington D.C. from 1977 to 1987.

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