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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.
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.
Jon Schum and his husband Ron Lacro are members of Dignity/Boston and have served their chapter and Dignity/USA in a variety of roles. Jon worked as a diocesan priest before venturing into a new career in human services as an expressive arts therapist. He draws from a lifelong fascination with stories of all kinds and an appreciation for the life story that is uniquely our own, that is a deep source of personal affirmation, growth, and healing. He sees personal and communal narrative as a lever for social change and maintains a strong interest in all things theological a
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.
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.
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.
|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.
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.
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 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.
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.