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Marvin Ellison '81

Marvin Ellison

Director of Union Alumni/ae Relations


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Marvin M. Ellison, a native of Tennessee, completed his doctoral studies at Union Theological Seminary in 1981 and taught Christian social ethics at Bangor Theological Seminary until 2013. 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. He serves on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and also on the Board of the Religious Institute for Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing. His publications include Making Love Just: Sexual Ethics for Perplexing Times (Fortress Press 2012), Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection, second edition (Westminster John Knox 2010), Heterosexism in Contemporary World Religion: Problem and Prospect (The Pilgrim Press 2007), Same-Sex Marriage? A Christian Ethical Analysis (The Pilgrim Press 2004), Body and Soul: Rethinking Sexuality as Justice-Love (The Pilgrim Press 2003), and Erotic Justice: A Liberating Ethic of Sexuality (Westminster John Knox Press 1996). He lives in Portland, Maine with his partner Frank Brooks.

Marvin served as a co-chair of Union's alumni/ae council for two consecutive terms, until October 2013, when he stepped down. 

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