Antonia Coleman

McCormick Theological Seminary, MDiv

What kind of service experience have you had in the past?

I helped to create a CDC to bring community gardens in the South Shore neighborhood in Chicago.

How have you been involved in community service/social justice issues while in seminary?

As this was my first year, I focused on giving my subjects their full attention. However, I participated in several action days. When the Black Lives Matter shut down of the Magnificent Mile occurred, my job was to record the action with photographs and ensure that my team was safe. I am a member of Seminarians for Justice - MTS, and will be a co-moderator of the Master's Student Council for the upcoming academic year.

What type of ministry do you see yourself doing?

The kind of ministry I see myself doing is two-fold. I want women, in particular black women in the church being sexual and sensual beings and not sex objects to be placed in prisons of shame and respectability. In addition to this, I am in interested in how we as a people can forge a way to reconnect with the soil and how that connection helps us be agrarians of the soil and in harmony with the other kingdoms of the planet.

What topics or issues would you be open to sharing about with groups?

I love talking about my life as an eco-womanist. If I am not talking about the rights of women to embrace being bold, and confidently inhabiting their definition of sensuality and sexy, I am talking about creation care. We must do a better job of leaving a sustainable earth inheritance for the next generations.

What were your favorite courses in undergrad? Seminary?

Pilgrimage in Faithfulness has thus far been my favorite class. The reason why is because the class has taught me to have a greater appreciation for a global baptism and an open Eucharist. They mean so much more to me now than they ever had. I share the waters of baptism with the homeless who have been baptized in the faith. As for the sacred table of our Lord, it's open, it's global and can happen at any moment.

What's your dream job?

Managing a successful compound of a certain amount of women and their children who have been rescued from violent relationships and being caretakers of a huge garden. 

What do you like to do when you're not working on changing the world?

I love to bake cakes and breads from scratch by using my grandmother's recipes. I also enjoy long walks and reading fiction books at my favorite library (Oak Park Downtown Branch).