Temple of Understanding celebrating our 61st Anniversary in 2021
Rev. Dr. Braybrooke serves as Chairman of the World Congress of Faiths and Patron of the International Interfaith Centre at Oxford. He is a Co-Founder of the Three Faiths Forum and formerly served as Executive Director of the Council for Christians and Jews in Great Britain. In addition to his parish work, he has been involved as a leading organizer and scholar in interfaith work for over forty years. He is the author of several important books regarding the interreligious movement, including: Pilgrimage of Hope; Faith and Interfaith in a Global Age; 1,000 World Prayers; What We Can Learn from Islam; and What We Can Learn from Hinduism. He was awarded a Lambeth Doctorate of Divinity by the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of his contribution to the development of interreligious cooperation and understanding throughout the world.
Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke is a retired Anglican parish priest, living near Oxford, England. He has been involved in interfaith work for over fifty years, joined WCF in 1964 and has served as Hon. Secretary, Editor, Chairperson and now, as Joint President. He was Executive Director of the Council of Christians and Jews from 1984-8, and is a Co-Founder of the Faith and Belief Forum (formerly the Three Faiths Forum), Patron of the International Interfaith Centre at Oxford and a Peace Councillor.
Marcus has travelled widely to attend interfaith conferences and to lecture, and studied for a time in India and in Israel. In September 2004, he was awarded a Lambeth Doctorate of Divinity by the Archbishop of Canterbury ‘...in recognition of his contribution to the development of inter-religious co-operation and understanding throughout the world.’
He is author of many books on world religions and Christianity, including Pilgrimage of Hope, Faith and Interfaith in a Global Age, Time to Meet, How to Understand Judaism, What We Can Learn from Hinduism/Islam/Sikhism, and Christian-Jewish Dialogue: the Next Steps. He has also written Learn to Pray, 365 Meditations for a Peaceful Heart and a Peaceful World and Beacons of the Light: 100 Holy People who have shaped the history of humanity. He has edited several anthologies of prayers and meditations, including 1,000 World Prayers and Life Lines.
Marcus is married to Mary, who is a social worker and a magistrate. They have two children and six granddaughters
Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke on the climate emergency