faith & Action: 'this is life and death work we're doing'


March 19, 2017 - The speaker began his presentation in silence — nearly three full minutes without a word after the welcoming applause died down. He paced the stage, looking from person to person in the audience of more than 400 as they shifted uneasily in their seats. Finally, he spoke. Actually, he shouted. "It's good to finally see you!" As if on cue, laughter filled the lecture hall. Author, teacher and theologian Gregory Ellison II uses this exercise to make a point: Take the time in your daily life to see those who may feel invisible, unworthy, forgotten. Read more

putting solutions in place: leaders will meet at cts to address poverty

Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper

March 2, 2017 - Most people would describe poverty as being poor or not having much money. However, for Rev. Gregory C. Ellison II, Ph.D., there are different types of poverty. Read more

When Activism Is Worth the Risk

The Chronicle for Higher Education

July 20, 2015 - Academics who champion causes may be gambling with their careers. But for some dedicated activists, the choice is clear. Read more


Fearless Dialogues convenes Conversation in Nassau

The Nassau Guardian

On October 29, 2014, Fearless Dialogues was invited by a host of community activists, educators, ministers, and two parliamentarians to convene a conversation in Nassau, Bahamas.  Among the topics covered were the impact of violence on international tourism.  Pictured above signing the Fearless Dialogues poster is Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage.


Fearless Dialogues in Perspective

An Interview with Rev. Skip Masback, Director of the Yale Center for Faith in Culture

After Fearless Dialogues Community Conversation that gathered over two hundred unlikely partners on the campus of Yale Divinity School, Ellison discusses the origin, theory, and practice of Fearless Dialogues.  Watch the video




July 13, 2013 - Gregory Ellison joins NPR's Michael Moore on TELL ME MORE from NPR's News to discuss how many Americans are still working through the verdict in the George Zimmerman case. Learn more


Odd Man In

Emory Magazine

Summer 2013 - He is a gentle man who often sports a ball cap and bow tie, but Gregory C. Ellison II 99C has written a challenging, perhaps uncomfortable book. Ellison’s book chronicles the lives of five young African American men; two were modeled on men from a juvenile reentry program where he spent thirteen months working. Read more



The Way It Is and The Way It Could Be: Fear, Lessness, and the Quest for Fearless Dialogues

Pastoral Psychology

This article examines the history and philosophy of a burgeoning movement called Fearless Dialogues, which seeks to alter the perspective of how we see and hear those who are perceived to be marginal.  Drawing wisdom from a hard, heartfelt conversation documented in Ralph Ellison’s essay, “The Way It Is,” this interdisciplinary article utilizes resources from 20th and 21st century mystics to examine four primary fears that stifle dialogue and introduces an attitude of “lessness” that is necessary to create perspectival change. Read more


the Dark Night of Rage in a Culture of Nihilism: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Remembered Faces

Pastoral Psychology

This interdisciplinary survey of literature examines varied definitions of rage in social psychology, psychoanalysis, pastoral care, criminology, literature, and Biblical scripture in order to develop a more robust understanding of the destructive and generative elements of rage that may present themselves in Fearless Dialogues conversations.  Read more