Coleman Makes the Rounds on Writing and Speaking Circuit


Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 4:15PM

Coleman Makes the Rounds on Writing and Speaking Circuit The Rev. Monica A. Coleman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions at Claremont School of Theology, has been busy writing and speaking about her work and areas of expertise.

The Rev. Monica A. Coleman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions at Claremont School of Theology, has been busy writing and speaking about her work and areas of expertise.

She and a colleague have launched the website, “Real Spirituality for Real Life,” a forum for sharing about faith outside of the parameters of academics and church. “We just want to keep it real,” is the premise behind the website, http://www.realspiritualityforreallife.com.

She was recently profiled in the Fund for Theological Education News and wrote on infant faith formation for the Patheos Passing on the Faith series, as well as “If #BlackTwitter went to church” for the Center for Pastoral Excellence New Media Project. She also wrote “Trayvon Martin: a Case Study for Church Response to Mental Illness” for the Beautiful Mind Blog and was a guest on Huffington Post Live, speaking on the Tennessee case in which a judge would not allow a family to name their son “Messiah.”

In spring 2013, Prof. Coleman’s latest book, Ain’t I a Womanist Too?: Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought, was published by Fortress Press. She recently participated in a teleconference with the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), in which she discussed womanist religious thought and the contribution she is making through her work.

“Lately, I’ve put a lot of energy into speaking and writing about faith and depression,” Coleman said. “In honor of the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Awareness and Recovery, I blogged about 10 ways people can pray for mental illness. I also spoke on ‘The AYG List‘ show on Tavis Smiley’s BlogTalk Radio network. I traveled to Seattle where I spoke about faith and depression at Queen Anne United Methodist Church. I ended the week at the Southern California Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church where I spoke about my book, Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression: a 40-Day Devotional.”

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