Losing Faith while Living with Depression

Date(s) - 02/24/2018
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


Losing Faith while Living with Depression
Sixth Betty Jo Hay Seminar on Religion and Mental Health
Saturday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas
Monica Coleman, Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA

Many of us are taught to think of losing faith as the opposite of a strong spiritual life. For individuals living with depression, loss occurs frequently. Depression involves a loss of joy, a loss of self, a loss of functionality. And, for many, a loss of faith. Yet with a loss of faith, can come the ability to find faith anew. This seminar will discuss ways that people living with depression can own the losses that they experience. This seminar will also explore how, amidst loss, people living with depression can choose life. We will discuss both theological perspectives and spiritual practices that support a life of faith for individuals and communities that live with depressive conditions.

Monica A. Coleman is Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions at Claremont School of Theology in southern California. There she also serves as Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies and Director of Process and Faith. Coleman has earned degrees from Harvard University, Vanderbilt University and Claremont Graduate University. Coleman is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. She is the author or editor of six books, and several articles and book chapters, including her memoir Bipolar Faith: a Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith and a forty-day devotional Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression. Her book Making a Way Out of No Way: a Womanist Theology is required reading at leading theological schools around the country. Coleman is on the standing committee of Persons with Disabilities in the Profession and former co-chair of the Black Theology Group in the American Academy of Religion.