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A Place at the Table

Speakers

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Keynote Speaker
Pamela Lightsey

Pamela Lightsey is a scholar, social justice activist, and military veteran whose academic and research interests include classical and contemporary just war theory, Womanist theology, Queer theory and theology, and African American religious history and theologies. Dr. Lightsey is currently the only out, African American, queer lesbian ordained as an elder in full connection in the United Methodist Church.

Pamela Lightsey
Plenary Panel
Jamie Manson

Jamie Manson is a speaker, retreat leader, writer, and media commentator with a national profile on issues related to LGBTQ Catholics, young adult Catholics, and the future of the church. She is a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter; her column, “Grace on the Margins,” addresses the plight of the poor, the future of the church, issues of gender identity and sexual orientation, and ways of finding God’s presence in our everyday lives. She is also the books editor of National Catholic Reporter.

Jamie Manson
Jon Schum

Jon Schum and his husband Ron Lacro are members of Dignity/Boston and have served their chapter and Dignity/USA in a variety of liturgical, leadership, and service roles.  Jon worked as a diocesan priest for over two decades in parish and educational settings.  He also served as a retreat leader and conference speaker.  Jon learned community organizing skills, which he put to work as part of a citywide, church-based citizens’ mobilization around housing and improved public services.

Jon Schum
Louis Mitchell

Louis Mitchell is a pioneering "intentional man," elder, and advocate, who serves as the consultant for community engagement for the Transfaith™/Interfaith Working Group and as an Assistant Minister for South Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Louis Mitchell
Walter Robinson

Walter V. Robinson is Editor at Large at the Boston Globe, where his high impact stories about local, national, and international events have graced the front page since 1972.

Robinson led the Boston Globe Spotlight Team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its investigation of the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests. He returned to the newspaper in 2014 after seven years as Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Northeastern University.

Walter Robinson
Workshop
Bob Linscott

Bob Linscott is one of the country’s leading advocates on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Aging. He is the Assistant Director at The LGBT Aging Project at The Fenway Institute in Boston. Linscott’s work with LGBT older adults is profiled in the award-winning film Gen Silent, which has been seen by audiences around the world. Linscott’s work focuses on making the existing elder-care network more welcoming and inclusive for the needs of LGBT Older Adults.

Bob Linscott
Casey & Mary Ellen Lopata

Casey and Mary Ellen Lopata are co-founders of Fortunate Families (FF), a ministry with Catholic parents of LGBT daughters and sons. They served as consultants to the drafters of Always Our Children, the US Bishops Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children.  Casey has a Master of Divinity degree, and Mary Ellen has a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies focusing on homosexuality and the family.

Fredrikka Maxwell

Fredrikka Maxwell is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she earned her B.A. Communications and minored in Political Science. The former "Army Brat" made one last move--to Nashville--where she found a job as a law enforcement support person. She served 20 years there before coming out and transitioning and retiring with 25 years of service.

Irene Monroe

Rev. Irene Monroe , who is an ordained minister and motivational speaker, does a weekly Monday segment, "All Revved Up!" on WGBH (89.7 FM), on Boston Public Radio and a weekly Friday television segment on  New England Channel NEWS (NECN’) “The Take,” covering the latest pop culture headlines. She’s a Huffington Post blogger and a syndicated religion columnist. Her columns appear in cities across the country and in the U.K, and Canada.

James Nickoloff

James B. Nickoloff is Associate Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he taught Catholic systematic theology from 1989 to 2009.  He is currently Adjunct Professor of Theology at Barry University and at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida.  He has lived and worked for extended periods outside the United States, including three years in Andong, Korea as a Peace Corps Volunteer; two years in Kingston, Jamaica as a Jesuit; and two years in Lima, Peru, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation.

James Nickoloff
Jean Beebe

Jean Beebe has had a lifelong interest and exposure to the practice and study of spirituality since childhood where she was raised in a home where prayer, Bible study and hymn singing in the Protestant tradition were part of family life. As a teenager, her interest in Buddhism and meditation was piqued, which led to a minor in religion in college and her first exposure to traditional Zen meditation. Since, Jean has taken Buddhist refuge and bodhisattva vows while still appreciating the religious roots of her upbringing.

Krzysztof Charamsa

Krzysztof Charamsa is a Polish theologian and priest who served as assistant secretary of the International Theological Commission of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith until he publicly came out as a gay man in a consensual relationship on the eve of the second phase of the Synod of the Family in October 2015. He was immediately terminated from his post, and suspended from the priesthood.

Krzysztof Charamsa
Linda Roberts

Linda Roberts, a transgender woman, is a member of the Board of Directors of DignityUSA. She is currently retired from a 40-year career, including nearly 29 years as a senior executive with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly NASD), where she served as Treasurer, Controller, Investment Officer and Head of Compensation & Benefits. Prior to that she had a nearly 12-year tenure in the audit practice of Price Waterhouse & Co., rising to the level of Senior Audit Manager.

Marcia Garber

Marcia Garber, a lifelong Catholic, currently living in Manchester, NH, has been a member of Dignity/Boston since Pentecost, 2006. Her family had been active members of a traditional, institutional Catholic parish until 2006 when during the legislative battle for marriage equality, their parish asked for signatures on a petition to deny marriage equality. it became clear to her that she could no longer participate in a church that did not support our child's (and all children’s) quest for intimacy and love.

Michele Dillon

Michele Dillon is professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire, Senior Advisor for Research at the Carsey School, and a senior faculty fellow in the Office of the Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach. Her research interests include autonomy and authority in the Catholic Church; post-secular society; religion, spirituality and cultural change; and purposeful aging. She is currently writing a book on Post-Secular Catholicism (to be published by Oxford University Press).

Nina Louise Morrison

Nina Louise Morrison is a Boston-based playwright, director and teacher with an MFA from Columbia University. She is a Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow, winner of the 2016 Boston Project at Speakeasy Stage Company, a Company One Affiliate Playwright, a core member of the devising company Project: Project, and a member of Rhombus writers.

Nina Louise Morrison
Skylar Kelley

Skylar Kelley is a newly graduated registered nurse working in Baltimore, MD. They work on a medical ICU and work night shift (often these days wondering what they have gotten them self into) They live in Baltimore City with their partner Lauren and two cats, Pete and Luna. Interests include hiking, the Enneagram, and dismantling false binaries. Skylar is excited to be here talking to and learning from so many other queer Catholics!