Monica Leak is
a graduate of:
· Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in
· South Carolina State University with a Master of Arts in
· North Carolina Central University with a Master of Library
Leland Center for Theological Studies with a Master of Divinity
She is the
editor and a contributing writer of:
Faith of our
Founders 100 Daily Devotionals to Inspire, Encourage and Propel the Finer Woman
contributed writings for Lenten devotionals The Road to Calvary Surviving a
Season of Suffering and the 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions
of Resipiscence, a Lenten Devotional for Dismantling White Supremacy
Her latest projects
include a contribution to an anthology, Purpose Pushers: The Journey of
Discovering & Walking in Your Life’s Purpose
· No More Hashtags
Remembrance and Reflections published by Xlibris in 2018.
· No More Hashtags: Who You
Calling? a follow up collection of poetry published December 2019.
works as a speech-language pathologist in southern Maryland and as a seminary
librarian in northern Virginia.
More Hashtags: Remembrance and Reflections
You have seen the headlines. You have heard the names. You have followed
the hashtags, which trend for a moment but quickly forgotten. This collection
is one of reflection and remembrance of those people’s voices death has
silenced, has gone unheard, and for whom justice is yet being demanded.
of Our Founders 100 daily Devotionals to Inspire, Encourage and Propel the
I was a part of a conference call describing the Journey to
Centennial. I was excited to hear all the plans in the works and opportunities
to serve. During the call, I asked myself what about the clergy? The call
ended, and I had that light-bulb moment. I drafted a proposal for the writing
of a devotional that same night and submitted it before I had a chance to
self-sabotage. That single moment of saying yes to what I felt the spirit of
God calling me to do has propelled me on this journey of rekindling my faith in
God and discovering the faith of our founders, who set forth principles that
would guide us for the time to come. While the journey has not been easy and
met with challenges, it has been worthwhile by this project’s outstanding
contributing sorors of whom I have the most love and respect: Minister Teraleen
Campbell, Rev. Barbaina Houston-Black, Rev. Pamela N. Lewis and Rev. Pamela
Lyons. Sorors—may you find within this devotional words to heal, uplift, and
encourage you in your life’s journey. MINISTER MONICA M. LEAK.
No More Hashtags: Who You
do black and brown shades of humanity result in so much intimidation and fear?
supposed threat to America that whose history many holds as sacred and dear.
hundred years later still fighting for liberty and justice for all;
to become victim to white fragility through these unnecessary phone calls.
stories are never ending; this collection like the one prior and overflowing cup,
we just live our best lives? Now that’s what’s up.
Resipiscence, a Lenten
Devotional for Dismantling White Supremacy 2019
This Lent, we can reflect deeply on how white supremacy has
infected our lives and our communities, and we have the opportunity to repent. This
Lent, we invite you to be part of the RESIPISCENCE community. We have gathered
here a widely ranging collection of daily reflections from a diverse group of
contributors—diverse in identities, theologies, and experiences—and every one
of them has something to say about how we dismantle white supremacy and all the
institutions, laws, policies, habits, and ideologies that perpetuate it. The
book is organized by week, and each section contains seven reflections on the
scriptures for the following Sunday. We created this book in 2019 and it follows
the Lenten lectionary for Year C. It is a collaborative project of Movement in
Faith, Transform Network, Seminary of the Street.
Resipiscence, a Lenten
Devotional for Dismantling White Supremacy 2018
“Resipiscence,” is defined as, “a
change of mind or heart, reformation, a return to a sane, sound, or corrected
view or position” (Merriam-Webster). The contributors within these pages called
for a change of both mind and heart in the way we love or do not love our
neighbor, a reform in oppressive structural institutions, and considering the
national political tone, a resolute call for a return to a corrected view of
what and who made, makes, and will make this country great.
Purpose Pushers: The Journey of Discovering
& Walking in Your Life’s Purpose is a peak into the private lives of 20
remarkable women. They have dared to share their most intimate thoughts and
feelings about significant moments that pushed them towards purpose. This book
will help you identify your stage in life and inspire you to create your next
steps toward purpose so that you too can become a Purpose Pusher!