Quotes by Monica A. Coleman

"Do you want to be made well? I like this question for all that’s behind it. The healers are asking: Are you willing to have a new experience? You know sickness, but you don’t know wellness. You’ve learned how to manage what you do know. You know it like the back of your hand."

"The road from sick A to well B is not straight or paved. It winds; there are obstacles; you will fall on the path. Are you willing to get back up again? And again? You will feel as if you are groping in the dark. Will you trust that there is light at the end? Until you get there, can you work with the shadows? You will need community. Can you trust those who love you? Can you hold tight with one hand and release with the other? You will have to trust in the process. You will need faith. Do you want to be made well?"

"Of course one wants to feel better. But are we willing to have new experiences? Are we willing to work for it? Do we want it bad enough?"

"Those who are waiting are waiting very actively. They know that what they are waiting for is growing from the ground on which they are standing. . . . That’s the secret. The secret of waiting is the faith that the seed has been planted, that something has begun. Active waiting means to be present fully to the moment in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it. . . . Waiting, then, is not passive."

"There’s a lot of waiting that occurs in the lives of people who live with depression. In between the desire to be well and wellness is a lot of waiting. We wait to feel better. We wait to get better."

Books by Monica A. Coleman

Monica A. Coleman
  • Monica A. Coleman

  • Born: in The United States.

  • Description: Writer, scholar and activist, Monica A. Coleman is committed to connecting faith and social justice. An ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Coleman has earned degrees at Harvard University, Vanderbilt University and Claremont Graduate University. Coleman is currently Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions and Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology in southern California.

    As a survivor of rape, Coleman became committed to speaking out against sexual violence in 1996. She founded and coordinated “The Dinah Project,” an organized church response to sexual violence, at Metropolitan Interdenominational Church in Nashville, TN. Her expertise in religion and sexual violence has taken her around the country to speak at churches, colleges, seminaries, universities, and regional and national conferences.

    Coleman’s writings focus on the role of faith in addressing critical social issues. In her book, NOT ALONE: Reflections on Faith and Depression, Coleman offers a 40-day devotional wrestling with depression in a spiritual context. Coleman wrote about church responses to sexual violence in THW DINAH PROJECT: a Handbook for Congregational Response to Sexual Violence. In MAKING A WAY OUT OF NO WAY: a Womanist Theology, Coleman discusses inter-religious responses to the joys and pains of black women’s lives. She is the co-editor of CREATING WOMEN'S THEOLOGIES: A Movement Engaging Process Thought and editor of the newly released AIN'T I A WOMANIST TOO?: Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought.

    Because of her work with religion and justice, the interdenominational preaching magazine The African American Pulpit named Coleman one of the “Top 20 to Watch” – The New Generation of Leading Clergy: Preachers under 40. Coleman’s articles have been featured in a variety of publications including ESSENCE, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Philosophia and Aspire: Women of Color Study Bible.

    She blogs on the intersection of faith and depression at www.BeautifulMindBlog.com and writes a column, “Women, In Flesh and Spirit” 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. She is a research fellow with the New Media Project that helps religious leaders become theologically savvy about technology. For her willingness to share and serve online, she was listed as 2012’s Top 100 by the Digital Sisterhood Network. She often teaches Bible study in her local church, and speaks widely on religion and sexuality, religious pluralism, churches & social media, mental health, and sexual and domestic violence.