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Drawing Out of Myself

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

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

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

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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Slippery Slope

I didn’t know it was depression until I couldn’t feel the happy. That is, I had really good news and nothing about it felt good. I know, intellectually, that it is good, but I don’t feel happy. Sure my therapist uses the word, “depressed,” in our conversations. I ignore her. I am not depressed. I … More…


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Not Hiding

I like rituals. I like sacraments. Those rituals we think of as being holy. The ones that point us towards God. Baptism. Eucharist. Weddings. Foot-washing. Penance. Ordination. Anointing. Altar prayers. I love it all. Not because I am sure that there is special divine power in the water, oil, or wood. But because they are, … More…


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ordinary saints

“It was a boy,” April says. The woman cries in Jackson’s arms, as they mourn the knowledge that their unborn child has been detected with an incurable disease. Before I can exhale, I start to sob. I bite my lip, but my body is shaking. Why do I watch Grey’s Anatomy? It always makes me … More…


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Failure or Adaptation?

2014 contained many surprises and challenges for me. I blogged bit about them here and here. I wanted to write more. I wanted to share with my online community because you all are so often a source of encouragement and resonance for me. But I was mainly paralyzed by grief and disappointment. I did not … More…


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Lenten Reading Group

Lent is one of my favorite seasons in the traditional Christian calendar. In early Christian communities, new converts to Christianity were often baptized on Easter Day.  Lent was the 40-day season before Easter when they learned more about their faith and faith communities. Like many people, I have often thought of Lent as a time to … More…


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Faith and Depression at Christianity 21 Phoenix #C21PHX

  I had a great time speaking at Christianity 21 on January 22, 2015.  Christianity 21 discusses ways to live a better faith through 21 big ideas presented by 21 voices in 21 minutes each.  It was an amazing experience where I talked about how Christianity does and does not address the experiences of those who … More…


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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