Patheos Featured Writers

Monica Coleman

A 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

Coleman's writings focus on the importance of belief in addressing critical social issues. Coleman wrote about church responses to sexual violence in The 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 the forthcoming Creating Women's Theologies: A Movement Engaging Process Thought and editor of the forthcoming 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 published in a variety of publications including ESSENCE , The A. M. E. Review and The Women of Color Study Bible. Her academic writings can be found in journals such as Wesleyan Theological Journal , Soundings: an Interdisciplinary Journal and Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.

She blogs at Beautiful Mind Blog here.

Works by Monica Coleman
Follow Me
Monica Coleman | August 01, 2013
My curriculum for infant faith formation is a lot like day camp. We sing songs and go on......
Journeying: An Advent Reflection
Monica Coleman | December 18, 2012
The tradition makes the visit of Elizabeth and Mary about the men. But I think there's......
Accepting: Reflections on Advent
Monica Coleman | December 09, 2012
God didn't need Mary to be extra-holy or super-prayerful. God called her to be her....
Pregnant Waiting: Reflections on Advent
Monica Coleman | November 27, 2012
"In both pregnancy and the spiritual life, waiting can be tiring, frustrating, and......
Living Out Loud: Becoming both Martha and Mary
Monica Coleman | January 10, 2012
This year, I resolve to be a little more like Martha and a little more like Mary....
Seminary Education for People Like Me
Monica Coleman | November 08, 2011
What if theological schools were to focus on how to share Christianity with as many......
The Barren Woman Bible
Monica Coleman | October 03, 2011
As I mourn the loss of my miscarried babies, it's easy to see that the Bible's stories......
A Welcome Mat of Peace
Monica Coleman | September 12, 2011
Interreligious understanding and peace begins in intimate ways: through education, by......
Put Ruth on the Supercommittee
Monica Coleman | August 16, 2011
Why the gender makeup of the congressional supercommittee matters to you and me....
The Grace of Browsing
Monica Coleman | July 20, 2011
Browsing through bookstores taught me to spend some time, slow down, and pay attention......
Salty Returns
Monica Coleman | June 27, 2011
Perhaps the story of Lot's wife is a monument. Perhaps the pillar of salt is a testimony......
The New F-Word
Monica Coleman | June 14, 2011
I know that progressive Christianity is the new f-word for some Christians who don't......