SLAM the Silence: Speaking Truth about Mental Health with our Families and the Church

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Date(s) - 03/28/2020
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Hope United Methodist Church


Our 2nd Annual Mental Health Summit, presented by Beloved San Diego in collaboration with University Christian Church in an effort to increase understanding, fight the stigma, support wholeness and provide information about mental health resources to families and leaders of the church where mental illness is too often ignored, denied, shamed, or hidden.

Featuring: YaNi Davis

Preacher, poet, and pastor, YaNi will keynote this event inviting open dialogue and testimony of experience with mental illness in our churches, our families, and our communities. Representatives from community support organizations will partner in the conversation bringing experience and resources for all. Program intended for clergy, seminarians, church leaders, church goers (active or former), caregivers, people living with mental illness and anyone whose heart is ready to speak the truth and SLAM the Silence on Mental Health Disorders!

8:30 – Doors Open


Resource Fair Begins

9:30 – PART 1 – Inviting Truth


Keynote experience with YaNi

10:30 – PART 2 – Sharing Truth

Resource Fair and Community Networking

Small Group Workshops

Mental Health Community Resource Partners Panel Discussion

12:30 – Delicious Catered Lunch

1:30 – PART 3 – Speaking Truth

Authentic Storytelling

Creative Expression

SLAM – featuring YaNi and local Slam poets

3:00 – Closing Spiritual Practice

About the Keynote Artist:

Pastor YaNi Davis, is a graduate of Claremont School of Theology with her Masters of Divinity. She is also a graduate of Spelman College, a top HBCU in Atlanta, GA, with an English degree. She has always been passionate about the impact of words, storytelling and truth-telling and the power they posses. She lives by the scripture, John 1:1. She believes, by using her divinely inspired words she is able to heal herself while inspiring others to do the same. YaNi believes firmly in our power as storytellers and sets this example everyday of her life, whether through the music she creates, the spoken word pieces she shares, the sermons she preaches or the wisdom she imparts into others, YaNi continues to exemplify authenticity and integrity.

YaNi has a deep commitment to the progress and transformation of youth. She does this work through serving as a preacher, prophet, poet and pastor. YaNi has a way of sharing the timeless message of the good news with a modern Hip-Hop flare. She mixes her witness with Wisdom, Hip-Hop with Hymns, the Spirit with songs and leads the global village in movement for Peace, Love, and Justice.

YaNi is the founder of The Peace People’s movement and hopes to continue impacting the world with spirit-filled messages of freedom, love, liberation, communalism and peace! YaNi has been a featured speaker, preacher and teaching-artist around the United States, throughout Europe and Asia. She has shared the stage with top performers, theologians, creatives, and influencers around the world, an honor that she does not take lightly. YaNi has spoken in venues from University settings, to churches, coffee shops and clubs as her message is one for everyone invested in growing in the teachings of Micah 6:8.

YaNi currently resides in Los Angeles, California, but continues to call Atlanta, GA and Queens, NY home. She is a humble vessel; a scholar, a seer, and steward with a heart for all people. YaNi is the essence of Peace Personified and continues to exude authentic qualities of what it means to be this generation’s griot and storyteller! Now, thats peace! (John 14:26-27)


Expressing Your Truth Presenter: YaNi Davis

In this workshop participants will explore various means for artistic expression of personal or community truth related to the struggle and celebration of heightened emotional sensitivity. Church and organizational leaders will learn strategies for fostering truth-telling within their communities.

Creating a Compassionate Space for Speaking Truth Presenters: Dale and Shelly Suggs

A small group experience in open sharing of deep struggle, hidden pain and other difficult emotions will allow participants to practice speaking truth. Whether you need to be heard or long for deeper understanding, this workshop will expand our capacity for creating a space where all is held.


Continuing Education Units Available: This event is approved by the PSWR for .5 CEUs.

Cost: $30-60 includes lunch All are welcome. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. We want everyone to come and we ask your support for this educational and outreach ministry. Monies received will go to reimbursement for costs related to hosting our keynote speaker (travel from LA, 2 night-stay in San Diego, meals, and honorarium), catered lunch (about 12 dollars/person), refreshments, and publicity expenses for the event. We believe the value of this experience, especially for those receiving CEUs, ranges up to $60, but we know that would be prohibitive for everyone God is calling to a day of healing and wholeness. We also know that there are many who have the means and would be happy to help underwrite the registration costs of those who don’t have the means right now. Eric Law calls this practice “GracEconomics.” All are called to give as led by Grace. Don’t let cost hinder your participation in this experience of freedom and peace.

Payable in with cash, checks or online donation the day of the event

Presented by: Beloved San Diego and Beloved Compassion Network in collaboration with University Christian Church

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Co-sponsored by: University Christian Church (DOC), San Diego


Sunday, March 29, 10:00 a.m.

Join us for worship featuring the expressive and powerful preaching of YaNi Davis

University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
3900 Cleveland Ave, San Diego, CA 92103