About the Lecturers

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Revboesak. Dr. Allan A. Boesak

Born in 1946, in Kakamas, Northern Cape, South Africa, Rev. Dr. Allan Aubrey Boesak is a theologian, humanitarian, prolific author and tireless advocate for social justice. Since gaining international acclaim for his doctoral dissertation, “Farewell to Innocence,” nearly four decades ago, Dr. Boesak has emerged as one of the world’s preeminent authorities on liberation theology. In June 2013, Christian Theological Seminary and Butler University named Dr. Boesak the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, following his role as a theologian and visiting professor at both institutions during the 2012-13 academic year.

Dr. Boesak studied at the University of Western Cape and earned his doctorate in theology from the Protestant Theological University in Kampen, the Netherlands. His early activism and service led to international recognition as an influential leader in the fight against apartheid. During the 1980s he worked alongside Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela to lead efforts against apartheid and promote reconciliation.

bagnuoloRev. Ray Bagnuolo

Rev. Ray Bagnuolo is an openly gay Presbyterian minister currently serving as Chaplain and Minister Director for That All May Freely Serve, a mission of Downtown United Presbyterian Church and a specialized ministry in the Presbytery of Genesee Valley, both in Rochester, New York.

That All May Freely Serve is a national progressive movement within the Presbyterian Church (USA), whose mission calls Rev. Bagnuolo to travel the country, establishing a network for chaplaincy and advocacy for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ/Q) community in the church and beyond.

Rev. Bagnuolo earned his M. Div. at New York Theological Seminary in 2003 and also holds a Masters of Arts Teaching – Class of ‘90 from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, where he later taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education.

Involved in the Progressive Movement in the PC(USA) as a result of the influence of South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry, New York – Rev. Bagnuolo, has served on the boards of More Light Presbyterians and That All May Freely Serve, and was one of the early interns for Presbyterian Welcome in New York City.

Edwina-webMs. Edwina Gately

Born in Lancaster, England, Edwina Gateley’s educational experiences have awarded her a Teacher’s Degree from her home country, a Masters in Theology from the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago and certification as an HIV Counselor in the state of Illinois.

From 1981 to 1982, Ms. Gately lived for nine months in prayer and solitute in a hermitage in Illinois. In 1983, she spent over a year on the streets of Chicago walking with the homeless and women involved in prostitution. Also in 1983, Ms. Gately founded Genisis House – a house of hospitality and nurturing for women involved in prostitution.

Numerous groups and individuals, including the Mayor of Chicago, the late Joseph Bernardin, and Bill Clinton, former President of the United States, have publicly commended Ms. Gately’s work and ministry. She has also been featured on CBS’s “60 Minutes” and 48 Hours.”

Ms. Gately is currently writing, giving talks and leading retreats nationally and internationally. Her programs include weekends and week-long retreats as well as Parish Mission. Topics include her own Faith Journey, Discipleship, Women in Scripture, Justice, Mission, Spirituality, Mysticism, and the Feminine Divine.