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FAITH. DIALOGUE. MOTION. ...using dialogue as a catalyst for social change.

BIPOLAR FAITH – Faith and Spiritual Development

Creating a spiritual community of hope around people struggling with mental health is obviously important to loving people of faith.  Coleman’s train-the-trainer seminar is a wonderful resource for leaders who who are helping churches, caregiver groups, and civic non-profit organizations establish and strengthen a group of people within in their own organizations caring for the families, friends, and loved ones of the community around those working through and thriving with mental illness.

In this train-the-trainer framework, join Monica A. Coleman, MDiv, Ph.D. as she coaches you through her book, Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith and workshop materials, equipping you to lead others through the material.  You will receive a free digital copy of her book as well as the companion materials.

In five online coaching sessions held five consecutive Tuesdays at 4:00pm PST, discuss some of the most challenging issues of our times, issues that are often kept silent by society- mental health, sexual and domestic violence, and religious diversity. Through Monica’s story, reflect on your own story and your interactions with persons struggling through trauma, depression, and mental illness.  Join with others as you share in this important and powerful experience.  Build community.


Monica A. Coleman, MDiv, PhD, teaches theology and African-American religions at Claremont School of Theology (CST), in Southern California. She is a theologian who works at the intersection of philosophy, faith and African American culture. She is the author or editor of six books and numerous articles covering the topics of sexual and domestic violence, mental health and religious pluralism.

Dr. Coleman is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a sought-after speaker and preacher. In 2005, The African American Pulpit named Coleman one of the “Top 20 to Watch—The New Generation of Leading Clergy: Preachers under 40.” Dr. Coleman has been featured as an expert in religion and mental health on NPR, Beliefnet.com, PsychCentral.com, and Huffington Post Live. She blogs on faith and depression at www.beautfulmindblog.com.


This interactive weekly online seminar occurs on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30pm PST and is structured using elements from the companion study guide to Bipolar Faith as the starting point to think, converse, and ally with people suffering from depression and bipolar faith.

Session 1 (Feb. 20, 2018) – Faith, Family, Freedom
Session 2 (Feb. 27, 2018) – Behind the Mask
Session 3 (Mar. 06, 2018) – Faith and Spiritual Development
Session 4 (Mar. 13, 2018) – Violence and Suffering
Session 5 (Mar. 20, 2018) – Healing


This seminar is ideal for leaders and community organizers who are committed to leading and guiding others through the book so that relevant ministries, resources, and conversations can take place, be created, strengthened, and thrive.

*Are you a student or pastor and interested in attending?  Let us know by sending us an email.  You may be eligible for a discounted rate.  Limited quantities available, inquire today: innovation@sfts.edu.


Students completing this course will be able to:

  • Advance the visibility and discussion of mental illness and trauma
  • To coach the participants to effectively lead a study group through a selected text/ Bipolar Faith
  • Connect mental health issues with their local community context
  • Establish supportive community with other religious and therapeutic leaders

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to Pastors, Pastor Counselor, Nurses, and Chaplains whose certifying agencies or organizations require CE hours. To determine whether or not your seminar qualifies for CEUs, please consult with your agency.


Space is limited so sign up today!
* Funding is available for NAICS Code 813110 religious organizations. Please email innovation@sfts.edu with inquiries


Mar 06 2018


04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Local Time

  • Timezone: Europe/Paris
  • Date: Mar 06 2018
  • Time: 21:00 - 22:30


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