Online Altar Rails

I continue to blog for the New Media Project where we help religious leaders become theologically savvy about technology.  For the series on community formation and social media, I write about a recent loss, and turn to online communities for support. Here is an excerpt: Here, I’ve knelt for as long as I’ve needed—30 seconds … More…


The Black Church and Sexual Assault

Ebony.com recently featured a series on Sexual Assault and African American communities organized by colleague and survivor, Lori Robinson.  Lori has written an important book about surviving and healing from sexual assault.  She conducted an interview with me where I talk about how black churches can best respond to sexual assault in the community. Here … More…


Interview with Dr. Wizdom Powell Hammond

This Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, I’m interviewing Wizdom Powell Hammond, Assistant Professor of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I met Wizdom Powell years ago at a conference. We quickly realized that we had several friends in common, and we starting chatting about work in … More…


4 Black Church Resources That Can Help People Living with Depression

Most churches could do a lot more to support people who live with mental illnesses. Many Christian teachings link health, wealth and faith in ways that can make anyone having a bad day feel like God has abandoned them. This feels all the more injurious to someone living with a mental-health challenge. This becomes particularly … More…


NOT ALONE comes to Indianapolis July 13

Indianapolis, here I come! I’ll be in Indianapolis on Sunday July 13! Psychologist and mind-body healer Kimberly Martin is hosting me for a reading and signing of NOT ALONE.  It’s free and open to the public.  If you are in town, or even nearby, I hope you can come out!  More info here. Sunday, July … More…


Life Support

As I came to accept that depression would be a part of life, I started to read about strategies for living successfully with depression. I connected with various advocacy organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), Mental Health America (MHA).  I read the latest data and research – … More…


Virtual Book Tour with NOT ALONE

I’m going on Tour! A virtual book tour that is! Come join me as I stop by the following blogs talking about my book Not Alone, faith and depression. All before Ash Wednesday – to get ready for Lent and reading through Not Alone.         Thursday, February 27, 2014 Rhetoric, Race and … More…


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…


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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