animator |ˈan-me-tə|, noun

  1. one who brings conversations to life
  2. one who gives inspiration, encouragement, or renewed vigor to unlikely partners in dialogue

Meet our team of animators

  Eunhil David Cho                         -healer-    Animator   Cho is a Korean American scholar-minister who cares deeply about the works of community development, intercultural understanding, and character formation. He is currently pursuing PhD studies at Emory University and serving a multicultural congregation as a Presbyterian minister.  

Eunhil David Cho                         -healer-

Animator

Cho is a Korean American scholar-minister who cares deeply about the works of community development, intercultural understanding, and character formation. He is currently pursuing PhD studies at Emory University and serving a multicultural congregation as a Presbyterian minister.  

  Gregory C. Ellison II, Ph.D.        -artist-    Founder, Lead Research & Design   An Atlanta native, Ellison is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He earned his undergraduate degree from Emory, and holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees in pastoral theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Ellison is author of  Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice  and  Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men.           

Gregory C. Ellison II, Ph.D.        -artist-

Founder, Lead Research & Design

An Atlanta native, Ellison is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He earned his undergraduate degree from Emory, and holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees in pastoral theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Ellison is author of Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice and Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men. 

 

 

 

  Rev. Alisha Gordon, M.Div.          -activist-    Animator   Gordon is the Executive for Spiritual Growth at United Methodist Women. In her teaching and writing, she marries social justice work and spiritual growth to help women see their full potential in an ever-changing social and political landscape. 

Rev. Alisha Gordon, M.Div.          -activist-

Animator

Gordon is the Executive for Spiritual Growth at United Methodist Women. In her teaching and writing, she marries social justice work and spiritual growth to help women see their full potential in an ever-changing social and political landscape. 

  Okorie "OkCello" Johnson          -artist-    Animator   OkCello is the performance and production name of Atlanta cellist and composer, Okorie Johnson. Okorie has performed and/or recorded with independent and major label artists such as De La Soul, India.Arie, and Big Boi of the Grammy award-winning duo Outkast. Okorie's original compositions collide jazz with classical, EDM, reggae, and funk. His songs are deeply emotive and narrative, complementing each other like short stories within a collection.

Okorie "OkCello" Johnson          -artist-

Animator

OkCello is the performance and production name of Atlanta cellist and composer, Okorie Johnson. Okorie has performed and/or recorded with independent and major label artists such as De La Soul, India.Arie, and Big Boi of the Grammy award-winning duo Outkast. Okorie's original compositions collide jazz with classical, EDM, reggae, and funk. His songs are deeply emotive and narrative, complementing each other like short stories within a collection.

  Rev. E. Michelle Ledder, M.Div. -activist-    Animator   Ledder, an itinerant Elder in the AME Church, works as an anti-racism curriculum writer and workshop facilitator for a global commission on religion and race. Michelle is currently a PhD candidate at Emory University who combines on-the-ground freedom fighting with educational transformation.

Rev. E. Michelle Ledder, M.Div. -activist-

Animator

Ledder, an itinerant Elder in the AME Church, works as an anti-racism curriculum writer and workshop facilitator for a global commission on religion and race. Michelle is currently a PhD candidate at Emory University who combines on-the-ground freedom fighting with educational transformation.

  Andre Ledgister                              -connector-    Animator   Ledgister is the communications catalyst for the Partnership for Southern Equity, where he helps to promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta. When he’s not engaging the public, he’s enjoying dinner and a movie with his wife, Georgette, or bringing smiles to the face of his daughter, Zuri.

Andre Ledgister                              -connector-

Animator

Ledgister is the communications catalyst for the Partnership for Southern Equity, where he helps to promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta. When he’s not engaging the public, he’s enjoying dinner and a movie with his wife, Georgette, or bringing smiles to the face of his daughter, Zuri.

  Georgette "Jojo" Ledgister           -educator-    Lead Animator   Jojo Ledgister is a PhD candidate in social ethics at Emory University, specializing in religion, conflict and peace-building. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, she resides in Atlanta with her spouse, André and their daughter, Zuri. 

Georgette "Jojo" Ledgister           -educator-

Lead Animator

Jojo Ledgister is a PhD candidate in social ethics at Emory University, specializing in religion, conflict and peace-building. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, she resides in Atlanta with her spouse, André and their daughter, Zuri. 

  Jill Morehouse-Lum                      -connector-    Lead Connector   Morehouse Lum, an Atlanta native, received her BA and Master of Teaching from UVA and M.Div from Union Theological Seminary, NYC. She has taught in public, private and international schools, and ministered among homeless veterans, prep school boys, and Interfaith women. She and her family have found care and community in Atlanta, Washington DC and New York City. Serving as Lead Connector for Fearless Dialogues is her briar patch.

Jill Morehouse-Lum                      -connector-

Lead Connector

Morehouse Lum, an Atlanta native, received her BA and Master of Teaching from UVA and M.Div from Union Theological Seminary, NYC. She has taught in public, private and international schools, and ministered among homeless veterans, prep school boys, and Interfaith women. She and her family have found care and community in Atlanta, Washington DC and New York City. Serving as Lead Connector for Fearless Dialogues is her briar patch.

  Bridget Piggue, Th.D.                   -healer-    Animator   Dr. Piggue serves as the Director of Spiritual Health at Emory University Hospital Midtown where she is also a certified Clinical Pastoral Educator.  In her teaching and writing, she challenges leaders to move toward greater self-awareness, mental health and wholeness.

Bridget Piggue, Th.D.                   -healer-

Animator

Dr. Piggue serves as the Director of Spiritual Health at Emory University Hospital Midtown where she is also a certified Clinical Pastoral Educator.  In her teaching and writing, she challenges leaders to move toward greater self-awareness, mental health and wholeness.

  Julian Reid                                       -artist-    Animator   Hailing from Chicago, Reid is a pianist and member of the genre-bending band The JuJu Exchange. Rivaling his love of music is his love of theology, which he explores at Candler School of Theology as a Master of Divinity student.

Julian Reid                                       -artist-

Animator

Hailing from Chicago, Reid is a pianist and member of the genre-bending band The JuJu Exchange. Rivaling his love of music is his love of theology, which he explores at Candler School of Theology as a Master of Divinity student.

  Tavares Stephens                            -neighbor-    Animator   Stephens is the creator of the spoken word CD, “Lend Me Your Ear,” the author of  Soulfood Café , a book of poetry, and  Reading Revolution , a book of biographies covering important contributions made to civilization by people of African descent. He was a member of Poetry Atlanta’s National Poetry Slam Team, is a former Teacher of the Year, and a recipient of Turner Broadcasting’s Teacher Appreciation Award.

Tavares Stephens                            -neighbor-

Animator

Stephens is the creator of the spoken word CD, “Lend Me Your Ear,” the author of Soulfood Café, a book of poetry, and Reading Revolution, a book of biographies covering important contributions made to civilization by people of African descent. He was a member of Poetry Atlanta’s National Poetry Slam Team, is a former Teacher of the Year, and a recipient of Turner Broadcasting’s Teacher Appreciation Award.

  Floyd Wood II                                -neighbor-    Animator   Wood is a native of Atlanta and a product of the Atlanta Public School system. An alumnus of  Morehouse College and a student at the Interdenominational Theological Center, he currently serves as a communication and program manger at Georgia Tech. He is a devoted husband and proud father of four.     

Floyd Wood II                                -neighbor-

Animator

Wood is a native of Atlanta and a product of the Atlanta Public School system. An alumnus of  Morehouse College and a student at the Interdenominational Theological Center, he currently serves as a communication and program manger at Georgia Tech. He is a devoted husband and proud father of four.  

 


What is a Fearless Dialogues Animator?

We are a team of educators, activists, healers, artists, conductors, and neighbors committed to seeing the invisible, hearing the voiceless, and creating spaces for social change.  As animators, we vitalize conversations that move unlikely community partners from fear and apathy to prophetic service.  

Animators are key players in Fearless Dialogues conversations as they help in crafting a space for open, honest dialogue. They also bear the responsibility of creating an environment that does not shrink in the face of the unknown. Finally, animators must be keenly aware of the kinds and origins of fears that are present.

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Fearless Dialogues Advisors

  • Barbara Brown Taylor, Butman Professor Emeritus of Religion, Piedmont College
  • Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II, Congressional Black Caucus, Past President
  • Kenya Davis, Esq., Assistant US Attorney (DC)
  • Darren Ellison, 2 Piece Graphics & Design, Preferred Designer
  • Antoinette Ellison, Esq., Jones Day LLP
  • Gregory C. Ellison, Sr., CPA, Banks, Finley, White & Co., Partner
  • Delvecchio Finley, MPP, Alameda Health System, CEO
  • Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Educator, Freedom Rider and Civil Rights Activist
  • DeAmon “The Roving Listener” Harges, ABCD Guru, Broadway UMC, Indianapolis, IN
  • Elaine Justice, Emory University Media Relations, Associate Director
  • Stephen Lewis, Forum for Theological Exploration, President
  • Carlton Mackey, Emory University's Ethics & the Arts Program, Director
  • John Majors, Purpose Built Communities, Senior Community Development Advisor
  • Parker J. Palmer, Internationally-Acclaimed Writer and Educator
  • DeWayne Rogers, Rolling Out Magazine, Creative Director and Fashion Photographer
  • Rev. Toby Sanders, M.Div., Trenton Board of Education, Past President
  • Luther E. Smith, Jr. Ph.D., Emory University, Professor Emeritus of Church and Community
  • Matthew Wesley Williams, Forum for Theological Exploration, VP of Strategic Initiatives
  • Torry Winn, Esq., M.Div., Race to Equity, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement
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— Willie Dub Simpson