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Marvin Ellison is a 69 year old gay man originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He earned his bachelors degree in Religion at Davidson College. He then went on to get his Masters in Religion and Society at The Divinity School at the University of Chicago. Ellison then got his PhD in Christian Ethics at the Union Theological Seminary in New York. He was a professor of Christian Ethics at Bangor Theological Seminary from 1981-2012. He was also an Ordained member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) until he retired. In 1988 Ellison was on the Presbyterian Special Committee on Human Sexuality and he wrote a very controversial report at the time, which was very sex positive, feminist and LGBT friendly. His report was rejected by the church, but it sold 400,000 copies. Ellison enjoys doing social justice work in many different disciplines. He has formed two organizations that were very politically active; Religious Coalition Against Discrimination and Maine Interfaith Council on Reproductive Choices.


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Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine

Publication Date

Fall 11-20-2017


University of Southern Maine


Portland, Maine


Religion, Religious Coalition Against Discrimination, Presbyterian Special Committee on Human Sexuality, Maine Interfaith Council on Reproductive Choices, Education, Teaching


History of Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Oral History | Women's Studies

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