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Making a Way Out of No Way: A Womanist Theology

Making a Way Out of No Way

A Womanist Theology

Monica A. Coleman (Author)


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In her new book, Monica A. Coleman articulates the African American expression of "making a way out of no way" for today's context of globalization, religious pluralism, and sexual diversity. Drawing on womanist religious scholarship and process thought, Coleman describes the symbiotic relationship among God, the ancestors, and humanity that helps to change the world into the just society it ought to be. Making a Way Out of No Way shows us a way of living for justice with God and proposes a communal theology that presents a dynamic way forward for black churches, African traditional religions, and grassroots organizations.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800662936
  • eBook ISBN 9781451414875
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 232
  • Publication Date August 29, 2008


"This book is classic Monica Coleman--interdisciplinary, interreligious, professional and personal, cutting edge and linked to traditions. She crafts a womanist theology interwoven with postmodern and process theologies. Rooted in the Christian gospel, this text also draws on Yoruba religion. And then we are graced with the way-out-of-no-way resulting in a vision for a communal theology."
Dwight N. Hopkins
Professor of Theology, University of Chicago Divinity School
Author of Being Human: Race, Culture, and Religion

"The introduction to this powerful book speaks of braiding Lisa's hair at a domestic violence shelter, naming that braiding as an act of salvation. The book itself is a kind of braiding, for Coleman brilliantly weaves womanist, process, and black theologies together in a creative synthesis that takes all three into new territory. Monica Coleman's clear voice and vision will help to shape the future of theology."
Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki
Professor of Theology Emerita
Claremont School of Theology

"Monica Coleman's elegant prose makes Making a Way Out of No Way a clear and accessible introduction to postmodern womanist theology, which realizes healing and wholeness through processes of creative transformation in a world fraught with destructive transformation. This book is a wonderful synthesis of the best of the past with attention to the foibles of our twenty-first-century present and realistic hope for creative future possibilities."
Karen Baker-Fletcher
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

"Using process metaphysics as a theological framework, Monica Coleman offers a challenging constructive womanist theology. It is an important postmodern theological statement that speaks to religious pluralism and the realities of black women's lives."
James H. Cone
Union Theological Seminary, New York