Gregory C. Ellison, II

Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling
Gregory C. Ellison, II
Phone: 404.727.7291
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    • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2008
    • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2002
    • BA, Emory University, 1999

    The Rev. Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, II joined the Candler faculty in 2009. His teaching draws primarily from his work with the organization he founded called Fearless Dialogues, a non-profit organization 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 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 has two books in progress with Westminster John Knox Press – Fearless Dialogues: The Civil Rights Movement of the 21st Century and Anchored in the Current: The Eternal Wisdom of Howard Thurman in a Changing World.

    In 2010-2011, Ellison was the recipient of Candler’s “Faculty Person of the Year” award. Three years later, 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.

    Selected Publications

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    "The Way It Is and the Way It Could Be: Fear, Lessness, and the Quest for Fearless Dialogues," in Pastoral Psychology, vol. 63, no. 5. Springer US,2014

    Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men in Today's Culture. Abingdon Press,2013

    "The Dark Night of Rage in a Culture of Nihilism: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Remembered Faces," in Pastoral Psychology, vol. 62, no. 5. Springer US,2003

    "Navigating the Borderlands of Fantasy: Reckoning with Fantasy Aggression in a Culture of Violent Media," in The Journal of Pastoral Theology, vol. 22, no. 2. The Society for Pastoral Theology,2012

    "Fantasy as Addition to Reality? An Exploration of Fantasy Aggression and Fantasy Aggrace-ion in Violent Media," in Pastoral Psychology, vol. 61, no. 4. Springer US,2012

    "Intimacy Versus Isolation (Erikson's Young Adult Stage)," in Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development, Vol. 2. Springer US,2011

    "From My Center to the Center of All Things: Hourglass Care (Take One)," in Pastoral Psychology, vol. 59, no. 6. Springer US,2010

    "Late Stylin' in an Ill-Fitting Suit: Donald Capps' Artistic Approach to the Hopeful Self and Its Implications for Unacknowledged African American Young Men," in Pastoral Psychology, vol. 58, issue 5. Springer US,2009

    Selected Awards

    Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University, 2014.

    Research Leave Grant for First or Second Book, Louisville Institute, 2012-2013.

    Faculty Person of the Year, Candler School of Theology, 2010-2011.

    Baccalaureate Speaker, Candler School of Theology, 2011.

    Postdoctoral fellowship in Practical Theology and Religious Practices, Emory University, 2008-2009.

    Expanding Horizons Dissertation Fellow, Fund for Theological Education, 2007-2008.

    Scholar-in-Residence, Historic Concorde Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY, 2004-2005.

    Doctoral Fellowship, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2003-2008.

    Expanding Horizons Doctoral Fellow, Fund for Theological Education, 2003-2004.

    Seward Hiltner Prize for most promise in Pastoral Theology, Princeton Seminary, 2002.

    "When Activism is Worth the Risk" - The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 20, 2015

    "What’s Missing When Black Men are Missing?" - Georgia Public Broadcasting, May 13, 2015 

    Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, January 22, 2015 

    "Cut Dead But Still Alive: Seeing the Invisible with New Eyes," in Candler Connection Magazine, Winter 2014 

    "Opportunity: Caring for African American Young Men," in Circuit Rider Magazine, Fall 2014 

    "T.D. Jakes Presents: Mind, Body and Soul: Continuing the Violence Conversation: Greg Ellison and Tamika Mallory" - BET, October 28, 2013

    "Why Ministry Matters" - Interview with Fund for Theological Exploration, September, 2013

    "Odd Man In: Seeing, and believing, the potential in African American men," in Emory Magazine, September 2013

    "Three Leaders Who Will Change your Perception of Young Black Men," in Policy.Mic, August 2013 

    "In passionate speech: Obama bares his Black self," Associated Press, July 2013

    Selected Courses

    SELF.CARE.HOPE.: Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling

    Caring with Marginalized Populations

    Caring with Adolescents

    Care-Full Preaching

    Spirituality, Silence, and Social Action

    Psychologies of Power

    Caring with Marginalized Populations II: From Theory to Practice

    Blessed are the Uninvited: Quakerism, Womanism, and the Innovative Power of Liberating Circles