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Cut Dead but Still Alive: The Travels, Travails, and Triumphs of the Invisible Caregiver

April 10-11, 2014

2014 Settles Lectures & Workshop


Lecture | Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. (Followed by dessert & response)

Workshop | Friday, April 11 at 1 p.m.


FREE Lecture and Workshop 

Who can attend?Open to public
Registration:Click here to register


About Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Candler School of Theology

Ellison has written several articles and speaks extensively on issues related to adolescence, hope, marginalization, and muteness and invisibility in African American young men. Ellison is the author of Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men and the co-founder of Fearless Dialogues, a grassroots community empowerment initiative to improve the lives of African American young men. His current research focuses on caring for marginalized populations, pastoral care as social activism, and 20th- and 21st-century mysticism.

In 2010-2011, Ellison was the recipient of Candler’s “Faculty Person of the Year Award.” He is an ordained Baptist minister who has served in Methodist and Presbyterian churches.



She stands at the intersection of seemingly disparate worlds. At the dawn of a new day, she crosses the lush green campus, by afternoon the sterile corridors of the ICU, as eventide approaches she walks the city streets. In each of these spaces, this attentive caregiver aligns herself with those on the margins and seeks to see hope where others only notice despair. But, not being fully a part of any of these communities, where should this caregiver position herself to care? How is the task of caring with those on the margins complicated if this caregiver finds herself feeling marginalized, too? Might this caregiver experience a strange freedom from being in-but-not-of the many communities she traverses? This lecture explores the caregiver's alien-like feeling of moving between worlds, caring for the cut dead, and reckoning with one’s own sense of marginality.

Join Dr. Gregory C. Ellison II on April 10-11 for the Settles lecture and workshop.


The Settles Lectures in Mission and Evangelism were established in 1947 by Mrs. W. R. Settles of Big Spring, Texas. Over the years, topics of the lectures have alternated between mission and evangelism, or home mission and foreign mission.








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