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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“a faith that liberates”

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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Drawing Out of Myself

posted on February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season for Christians. On this day, many people attend a ritual of the imposition of ashes as a reminder of humanity mortality, or the human propensity to sin. By this beginning, Lent is a season of reflection and spiritual depth. Of relinquishing vices and shortcomings in order … More...

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Grieving Faith

posted on July 31, 2015

I was raised in black Baptist and African Methodist churches. My grandparents’ Carolina Christianity migrated with them to Washington D.C. As they ambled around the kitchen preparing dinner or in the alley side herb garden, they hummed hymns under their breaths. They got down on their knees at bedside every morning and every night. They … More...

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Becoming New

posted on July 21, 2015

Every time I experience a depressive episode, something dies. Sometimes I have lost things I would have preferred to keep – a sense of hope, a faith I recognize, friends, ideals about relationship, a secure understanding of myself. Other times, I lose things that needed to go anyway – beliefs that weren’t working for me, … More...

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Mental Health is Physical Health

posted on July 13, 2015

It hit me all at once as a new psychiatrist laid out my options before me. I knew the drill. New doctor, long intake appointment, re-tell my story with craziness, get a diagnoses that may or may not match previous diagnoses, discuss medicines and side effects and whether or not I need it now or … More...

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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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