Monica A. Coleman

Research Fellow macoleman@post.harvard.edu

Monica A. Coleman has recently begun harnessing new media for ministry and fellowship. She blogs on the intersection of faith and depression at www.BeautifulMindBlog.com and regularly guest blogs at www.Patheos.com, the website named by Newsweek as “the place to get smarter about religion.” She has been featured as an interviewed guest on NPR, blogtalk radio shows and www.PsychCentral.com. Her online article, “Black Church Walk-Out” circulated widely among progressive and black Christian communities. She reflects on the theological relevance of this activity in the online videos, “Facebooking for Theological Community” and “Looking for Easter in the Google-verse.

Monica is committed to connecting faith and social justice. She inspires and motivates in her most recent book, Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression. She has spoken out against sexual and domestic violence since 1996, penning The Dinah Project: a Handbook for Congregational Response to Sexual Violence in 2004. She is also the author of Making a Way Out of No Way: a Womanist Theology, and co-editor of the forthcoming Creating Women’s Theology: Engaging Process Thought and editor of the forthcoming Ain’t I a Womanist Too?: Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought.  Her articles can be found in a variety of publications including ESSENCE, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Philosophia and Aspire: Women of Color Study Bible.

When she’s not Tweeting, facebooking or cycling, Monica serves as Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions and Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology and Associate Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University in southern California. An ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Coleman earned degrees at Harvard University, Vanderbilt University and Claremont Graduate University. She lives out her call to parish ministry as Minister of Christian Education at Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, California.

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