2011 – Marvin Ellison

The Geering Lectures 2011 was delivered by Rev. Marvin M Ellison, Ph.D.

A native of Tennessee, Ellison completed his doctoral studies at Union Theological Seminary (New York) and teaches Christian social ethics at Bangor Theological Seminary.

He is an ordained Presbyterian minister. He founded the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination in Maine to support civil rights protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, including the right to marry, and also founded the Maine Interfaith Council for Reproductive Choices.

The focus of his lecture series was Ethics for the Sexually Perplexed: A Twenty-First Century Christian Response.

  • What Makes ‘Good Sex’ Good?  see REVIEW
  • Is It Still Adultery if the Spouse Has Alzheimer’s?
  • What Do We Have to Learn from, as well as Teach, Young People about Sex?

Additional Activity

  • He preached at St Andrew’s on Sunday 20 March at the 10 am service.
  • He was the focus of Spirited Conversations on Monday, 21 March at the Thistle Inn, 7pm (3 Mulgrave St, Thorndon). Topic: Why Do we Have to Keep Talking about Sex All the Time?
  • While in Wellington he also delivered a lecture as part of the Asia Pacific Out Games Human Rights Conference. He give three lectures at St. Andrew’s.