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Gregory C. Ellison II

Candler School of Theology

Rev. Gregory C. Ellison, II is an associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Emory University Candler School of Theology. His teaching draws primarily from his work with Fearless Dialogues, a grassroots community empowerment initiative he co-founded, that creates unique spaces for young people and community to have hard, heartfelt conversations on taboo subjects like racism, classism, and community violence.

Ellison’s research focuses on caring with marginalized populations, pastoral care as social activism, and 20th and 21st century mysticism. He is the author of Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men and Fearless Dialogues: The Civil Rights Movement of the 21st Century   has a book in progress with Westminster John Knox Press – Anchored in the Current: The Eternal Wisdom of Howard Thurman in a Changing World.

He is an ordained Baptist minister who has served in Methodist and Presbyterian churches.