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Ms. Moira Greyland authored the bestselling book The Last Closet, recounting her experiences as the daughter of famous gay authors Marion Zimmer Bradley and Walter Breen. In an act which her parents saw as an utter betrayal, Moira called the police on her father when she caught him molesting an eleven-year old boy. Despite her traumatic childhood, Moira has become an award-winning dramatic coloratura soprano and an accomplished concert harpist.
Moira will be the keynote speaker at the Ruth Institute’s Awards Dinner on Friday, where she will receive the Public Witness of the Year Award.
Dr. Robert Gagnon is a world-renowned Biblical scholar whose best-known work refuted the attempts to construe the Bible as supportive of same sex marriage and homosexual activity. This body of work is surely the explanation for the termination of his 22-year teaching career at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Dr. Gagnon will receive the Ruth Institute’s Scholarship Award for 2019 at the Awards Dinner on Friday evening, and will deliver a keynote address on Saturday: “What the Church really teaches about homosexual activity: Refuting common pro-homosexual Scriptural misinterpretations.”
Mr. Jeff Morgan's personal experience of unwanted divorce has led him to connect with countless other people who have experienced unwanted divorce, parental alienation and family court injustice. He labors tirelessly for the cause of divorce reform in Texas.
Mr. Morgan will receive the Activist of the Year Award at the Awards Dinner and will be part of the Strategies for Divorce Reform panel on Saturday.
Dr. Stephen Baskerville, professor of political science at Patrick Henry College, is a prolific author on the corruption caused by the Sexual Revolution. His pioneering analysis reveals how the modern sexual ideologies have allowed the State to enter into the private life of the family in an unprecedented manner. No-fault divorce, toxic forms of feminism and the arbitrary power of the family courts have led to the destruction of the family and massive injustices.
Dr. Baskerville will deliver a keynote address on Saturday, “How No-Fault Divorce Empowers the State.”
Mrs. Leila Miller is a Catholic writer and author, wife, mother and grandmother. As a stay-at-home mom, she began her first blog, Little Catholic Bubble. Her experience interacting with numerous adult children of divorce led her to write her path-breaking book, Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak. A compilation of testimonies from over 70 adult children, Primal Loss has become the go-to resource for anyone who wishes to minister to individuals and families struggling with the aftermath of divorce.
On Saturday, Mrs. Miller will give a keynote address on “The Lifelong Impact of Divorce on Children.”
Check out her recent appearance on EWTN's "Women of Grace" here, where her topic is "Divorce and Children: The Truth of it all." The segment discusses many of the issues brought to light in Primal Loss.
Mr. Allen Chlupacek, a chemical engineer from Indianapolis, is a divorced and abandoned spouse. Married for 13 years,
he committed to a lifelong marriage with his wife and their children but found the marriage could be dissolved by spousal intent coupled
with current no-fault divorce laws. As a lifelong Catholic, divorce is proving to be “a huge cross,” but also an opportunity to grow
in faith and reaffirm commitments to children and Christ.
Mrs. Christy Fitzgerald, a convert to the Catholic faith, is a wife of 32 years and the mother of 4 young adult men. She works as a Registered Nurse Case Manager, and volunteers her nursing services at a Catholic indigent clinic in her area. Christy has been active in the pro-life movement for the past decade, including providing free ultrasounds to mothers in crisis pregnancy, encouraging them to choose life. She is an adult survivor of no-fault divorce and the ravages of family court. Christy recently shared her experiences with childhood divorce trauma in Leila Miller’s book, Primal Loss; The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak. Christy lives in Hickory, NC, with her husband Matt, one son, and two adopted cats.
Mr. Chris Brennan is an attorney in New Jersey. For most of his career, he has focused on complex civil litigation in New Jersey’s state and federal courts, including individuals, businesses and local government agencies. Until 2014, he was also an attorney for the Legal Center for the Defense of Life, which represented peaceful pro-life protesters in the exercise of their First Amendment rights against harassment from police and other civil authorities. He has handled cases involving the representation of girls being coerced into abortions by adults, including parents. He has also served as local (New Jersey) counsel for members of the Home School Legal Defense Association, a Virginia-based public interest firm representing homeschooling families from government and extra-familial interference, including from overzealous child protective service agencies. He and his wife, Susan, live at the Jersey Shore with their six children, aged 9-21.
Mr. Brennan will be part of the Strategies for Divorce Reform & Divorce Survivor panels on Saturday.
Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., is the Senior Research Associate at the Ruth Institute. He has done pioneering work on the impact of same sex parenting on children, as well as the relationship between clergy sex abuse and homosexual orientation within the Catholic priesthood. Fr. Sullins is a retired sociology professor from Catholic University of America, and a married Catholic (formerly Episcopalian) priest.
On Saturday, Fr. Sullins will give a keynote address on "What It's Costing Our Children: Gay Parenting & Clergy Sex Abuse by the Numbers."
Ms. Laura Lowder has been blogging since 2004. In 2012, she began the blog Surviving the Rainbow, devoted to writing about being the wife and ex-wife of a man with SSA (Same-Sex Attraction) She has been published in several periodicals on this and other topics. Laura is co-organizer of the Catholic Writer’s Guild’s online writers’ conference and president of the NC Chapter of the Guild. She lives in North Carolina.
Ms. Lowder will be part of the LGBT Survivor panel on Saturday.
In her early 20s, Elizabeth Woning was diagnosed with Type I Bipolar Disorder and “came out” as a lesbian. She attended a Presbyterian (USA) seminary openly gay (at a time that was rare) and did ministry within the LGBTQ community. In her mid-30s, an experience of Jesus’ love dramatically shifted her perspective. Over time, her relationship with God began a transformation that culminated in radical healing. Today Elizabeth is completely healed from bipolar disorder, free of same-sex attraction and happily married to her husband, Doug. She teaches at the Bethel School of Ministry and is a co-founder of Equipped to Love and CHANGED, which focus upon sexual identity and life after LGBTQIA+. Elizabeth holds a master’s degree in theology and is a licensed pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, California.
Luis Ruiz always knew he wanted to marry a woman and have a family of his own. After realizing in childhood that he was attracted to the same sex, he fell prey to the world’s narrative that “you are born gay,” which left him feeling confused and hopeless. Too fearful to share these feelings with his parents and church, he became disconnected from God and family because of this tension between desire and belief. While serving in the US Army, he secretly explored gay clubs and “self-medicated” with partying, drugs and sex with other men. Through all this, he still felt there had to be more to life.
Luis was celebrating his birthday at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando when a shooter entered the building and opened fire. After losing many of his friends, being wounded himself, and being taken to the hospital, he learned he was HIV positive. Catalyzed to live a healthier live on all fronts, he started going to a church, receiving pastoral care, and connecting with a supportive faith community. He chose to leave the homosexual lifestyle to pursue a true identity in Jesus. He now lives free of depression, anxiety and fear, having a reconciled relationship with his family and the privilege of helping others know that change is possible.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse is the founder of the Ruth Institute, a global non-profit organization that defends the family at home and in the public square and equips others to do the same. She is passionate about equipping family advocates with the knowledge and confidence to defend the family at home and in the public square. She has authored or co-authored five books and spoken around the globe on marriage, family and human sexuality.
Dr. J will deliver a keynote address on Saturday: “We Can Make a Difference.”