NOT ALONE on Seat Syllabus

Honored to see that my book NOT ALONE: REFLECTIONS ON FAITH AND DEPRESSION is mentioned in #SeatSyllabus from women of color under age 30.  Based on the “Seat the Table” album by Solange, Seat Syllabus is curated by Candice Benbow, Elle Magazine and Melissa Harris-Perry and the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University . Thank you … More…


Bipolar Faith on Los Angeles Review of Books Radio

So honored to be in conversation with Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn with Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) about #BipolarFaith. We had a lively conversation on a lot of the things that didn’t make it into the book and why there’s so much music in the book. Shouts out to my writing inspirations and the AME … More…


Bipolar Faith Receives 2017 Silver Illumination Book Award

Honored that BIPOLAR FAITH has received a 2017 Silver Illumination Book Award in the Biography/ Memoir category for the year’s best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview. The awards are designed to honor and bring increased recognition to the year’s best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview. This year’s … More…


Religion Dispatches Interview on Bipolar Faith

“History and culture and race and family and genetics and trauma and fear all factor into what cause mental health challenges. Class, education and privilege may make a difference with accessing healthcare, but they don’t protect one from the angst of these conditions.” Interview with Religion Dispatches of University of Southern California about Bipolar Faith. … More…


Sojourners Magazine, Bipolar Faith and World Mental Health Day

“Too blessed to be stressed” is one of the phrases that I think the church should erase from its vocabulary “What I like is that in the stories of Jesus healing people, there are other people around. These aren’t private sessions; it’s very much a communal act. Mental health is a public health issue.” Talking … More…


Suicide leaves scars, not the stain of sin

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and every September I hear that suicide is the unforgivable sin. As a minister and theologian, I understand the rationale. It goes something like this: Sin is doing something that offends God. It is the pride of trying to be God. And murder is a sin. Because that’s what … More…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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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