Rev. Marsh received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, graduating magna cum laude. He majored in English literature and took as many theater classes as his schedule allowed.
His two mentors from this period were Joseph Donohue and John Farmakis. Professor Donohue read Shakespeare aloud to his classes in a deep baritone and performed Gilbert and Sullivan on the weekends. The Rev. John Farmakis ministered to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northampton, advised what courses to take in philosophy, and taught Rev. Marsh to take seriously the life of the mind.
Harvard Divinity School
Attending Harvard Divinity School fulfilled a long-held dream.
Conrad Wright taught Rev. Marsh the history of the Unitarian Universalist movement — how things came to be the way that they are.
When it came to understanding what our denomination should be doing now, James Luther Adams was inspirational with his vision of our church as a collection of free-thinking individuals who, as occasions demand, feel and act together to make a difference in the larger world — who take the “risk of relating liberal faith to concrete issues.”
Two other important influences from this period were Carter Heyward and Nahum Glatzer. Carter Heyward was one of the first women ordained into the Episcopal priesthood. She later came out as a lesbian. She teaches that we should trust our intuition and the longings of our bodies as a source of religious authority.
Nahum Glatzer once described himself as one of the last Pharisees: one who looks to the written religious law as the main source of inspiration. From Glatzer Rev. Marsh took “Classical Jewish Wisdom,” a course in the “Book of Job,” and “Contemporary Jewish Thought.” Our own Beacon Press published many of his books.