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Postpartum Elation

“Are your prayers different?  Now that you’ve been healed,” my partner asked me one morning. “What?” I really didn’t know what he was talking about. He explained: “I mean, you were depressed. But since our daughter’s birth, you haven’t been.  No meds.  No sadness.  It’s a miracle!” In a way, he was right.  The sadness, … More…


Depression is Lying

Depression is lying. Not all the time, but … well … a lot of the time. Because most people don’t want to hear more than “Fine,” when they ask: “How are you?” I lied throughout my pregnancy. The questions were generally the same: How are you?  Aren’t you excited?  Isn’t this great?! People were prepared … More…


Isn’t Lent Depressing?

Even I ask myself: How can someone who lives with depression like such a depressing time of the church year? Lent is my favorite liturgical season.  I’m not exactly sure why. I did and did not grow up understanding that many Christian churches follow something called a church calendar.  My early years were spent in … More…


Why I Love Rebecca Walker’s Baby Love

I like memoirs.  In fact, when I have the time, I read them voraciously.  Because I need them.  I need to know someone else’s story to better know my own.  I need to know that someone else, somewhere, has experienced some part of what I am living.  Has experienced it and come out on the … More…


Personal Interview with The AYG List

This past week, I had the privilege of talking with my friend and colleague April Yvonne Garrett on her radio show, The AYG List. We had planned to talk about how mental health challenges are showing up in the news headlines and some of my thoughts about advocacy and faith. But our discussion took a … More…


10 ways you can pray for mental illness

10 ways you can pray for mental illness  Today is the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding. People often ask me how they can pray for people who live with mental health challenges.  I like prayer.  I pray.  I’m a minister who often prays for other people.  I believe that God … More…


Trayvon Martin: a Case Study for Church Response to Mental Illness

    I was instantly nauseous.  My stomach turned in knots and I doubled over.  I collapsed into my seat and held to the edges. I became sick.  Literally. This was my response to hearing the news of the verdict in the trial against George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin. In the hours … More…


What is Liberation Theology?

Blogger Rachel Held Evans invited me to answer questions from her readers in her “Ask a Liberation Theologian” column.  Here are my responses: From Benjamin: I grew up in pretty conservative evangelical circles, where liberation theology was generally ignored (or, if mentioned, might have been described as just another version of the “social gospel”). How would … More…


Birthing: an Advent Reflection

The final article in my four-part series on Advent from the perspective of pregnancy.  As I think about Christmas and the birth of Jesus, I can’t help but to think about the process of giving birth.  Here I reflect on both spiritual and physical birth as I try to imagine Mary’s experience with Jesus. Birth … More…


Journeying: An Advent Reflection

The third in my four-part series on Advent from the perspective of pregnancy.  I draw on the Advent theme of Journeying thinking of the scriptures that discuss Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth, the expectant mother of John the Baptist. The tradition makes the visit of Elizabeth and Mary about the men. It tells of … 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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