Monica A. Coleman is an award-winning scholar, writer and minister.

A sought-after speaker and consultant, Dr. Coleman is committed to connecting faith and social justice. Whether in the classroom, the pulpit, the conference room or in her blog and books, Dr. Coleman combines expertise with experience to offer models for practicing faith in the midst of a complex hurting world.

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Dr. Coleman offers workshops, lectures and sermons for your organization, university or church. She warmly connects with people as she shares principles for growth and liberation. Watch this video to learn more.

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“Coleman’s work is for anyone who has felt themselves shoved to the margins”

— Creative Transformation

Bipolar Faith

In gripping fashion, Coleman examines the ways that the legacies of slavery, war, sharecropping, poverty and alcoholism mask a family history of mental illness.

Monica A. Coleman shares her life-long dance with trauma, depression and the threat of death. Only as she was able to face her illness was she able to live faithfully with bipolar. And in the process, she discovered a new and liberation vision of God.

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Bipolar Faith

In gripping fashion, Coleman examines the ways that the legacies of slavery, war, sharecropping, poverty and alcoholism mask a family history of mental illness.

Monica A. Coleman shares her life-long dance with trauma, depression and the threat of death. Only as she was able to face her illness was she able to live faithfully with bipolar. And in the process, she discovered a new and liberation vision of God.

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Beautiful Mind Blog

He Would Have Adored Her

posted on August 2, 2017

He called too early in the morning. Every year on my birthday. My father called to tell me happy birthday. And to tell me that he held me first. “We saw that your hair was black. And I held you first.” “I know Daddy.” This year marks ten years since my father died. He was … More...

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We Die Daily

posted on July 18, 2017

We die daily. This is what I told a student in the summer continuing education class I teach on Process Theology as Spiritual Liberation. She asked, “What about life after death?” And my first response, without much thought came in these three words: “We die daily.” “And,” I continued, “we rise again.” It’s a core … More...

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Los Angeles Review of Books lauds Bipolar Faith

posted on March 23, 2017

Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn truly floored me with this review of Bipolar Faith in the Los Angeles Review of Books NOT SINCE MAYA ANGELOU’S I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings has an autobiography chronicled an African-American woman’s journey from trauma to joyousness as boldly and vividly as Monica A. Coleman’s Bipolar Faith. Coleman — a professor of theology and … More...

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A Faith That Liberates T-Shirts Available

posted on February 22, 2017

I’ve been wearing this t-shirt on the #BipolarFaith tour and many of you have asked how you can get one too. So now you can. I’m making these available for a limited time: until FEBRUARY 25! Soft t-shirt, 100% cotton, short sleeved and long sleeves and youth sizes! Click here!  

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Book Monica A. Coleman to speak at your event.

Monica speaks with heart and vulnerability as she discusses some of the most challenging issues of our day. She speaks out on issues that churches and society often keep silent: mental health, sexual and domestic violence and religious diversity. In the pulpit, she offers a refreshing view of how scripture leads us to community and social action. In academic lectures, she blends her knowledge of religion, cultural studies and literature with social issues to offer new visions of faith. In every setting, she shows audiences how our faith can free us to be more and more of who and how God calls us to be.

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Book Monica A. Coleman to speak at your event.

Monica speaks with heart and vulnerability as she discusses some of the most challenging issues of our day. She speaks out on issues that churches and society often keep silent: mental health, sexual and domestic violence and religious diversity. In the pulpit, she offers a refreshing view of how scripture leads us to community and social action. In academic lectures, she blends her knowledge of religion, cultural studies and literature with social issues to offer new visions of faith. In every setting, she shows audiences how our faith can free us to be more and more of who and how God calls us to be.

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