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

Gregory C. Ellison II, Ph.D. (artist) Founder, Lead Research & Design Ellison, who is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, is a product of Atlanta Public Schools, alumnus of Frederick Douglass High School and the first black male inducted into the Emory College Hall of Fame. He received his undergraduate degree from Emory, and holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees in pastoral theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Gregory C. Ellison II, Ph.D. (artist)

Founder, Lead Research & Design

Ellison, who is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, is a product of Atlanta Public Schools, alumnus of Frederick Douglass High School and the first black male inducted into the Emory College Hall of Fame. He received his undergraduate degree from Emory, and holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees in pastoral theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.

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