Dr. Gregory Ellison II, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA, will deliver the annual Black History Lecture at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN.
His lecture, “Vocations of Resistance: The Problems of Fit and Flat,” will be held on Tuesday, February 27, at 7 p.m. Central Time in St. Bede Theater.
Ellison joined the Candler faculty in 2009. His teaching draws primarily from his work with Fearless Dialogues, a nonprofit organization he founded that creates unique spaces for unlikely partners to have hard, heartfelt conversations on taboo subjects like racism, classism, and community violence.
Ellison’s research focuses on caring for marginalized populations, pastoral care as social activism, and 20th- and 21st-century mysticism. He is the author of two books, Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men and Fearless Dialogues: The Civil Rights Movement of the 21st Century. He also has another book in progress, Anchored in the Current: The Eternal Wisdom of Howard Thurman in a Changing World.
Ellison has twice been the recipient of Candler’s “Faculty Person of the Year” award, in 2010-2011 and 2016-2017. Also, in 2014, Ellison received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University’s most prestigious faculty teaching honor. He is an ordained Baptist minister who has served in Methodist and Presbyterian churches.
Ellison earned his bachelor’s at Emory University and his master’s and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available at St. Bede Hall and in the Guest House and student parking lots. For more information, call Mary Jeanne Schumacher at 812-357-6501 during business hours.