Wade in the Water

A Worship and Mental Health Conference - POSTPONED

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Wade In The Water has been POSTPONED

After consultation with the local Northern California Health Department personnel, it is clear that we must postpone the Wade in the Water Conference. This action is consistent with the larger health community's efforts to protect the vulnerable and promote the best practices to stem the tide of community spread of the COVID 19 virus.

To be clear, this is a postponement. When there is clarity as to the scope and duration of this health crisis, we will provide notice with the new date.

This conference is a program of Project Trust at University of Redlands Applied Wisdom Institute, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and in partnership with the Foundation for Justice and Peace.


In just one day:

  • Transform your worship and mental health life.
  • Network with others committed to innovation in the intersection of faith and mental health.

Worship that heals. Praise that sets people free.


  • Music & Healing
    The historical and contemporary role and function of music in the healing from trauma
  • Movement & Coping
    Dance as healing and coping
  • Personal & Community Worship
    Meditation, prayer, and practices of chanting and singing in personal and corporate spaces of worship
  • Healing Traumatized Communities
    The power and importance of liturgy in healing of the community who have experienced trauma

Thought Leaders


Floyd Thompkins

CEO, Foundation for Justice and Peace

Conference Details


Why should you attend?

This a conference for pastors, mental health professionals, and anyone who works with people who are suffering the effects of trauma. It is a conference about healing with healing, hope and coping as its goals.

What inspired this conference?

This conference based on three years of research and engagement with African American Churches of the San Francisco/Bay Area conducted by San Francisco Theological Seminary - Applied Wisdom Institute, now part of the University of Redlands’ Graduate School of Theology, through a Northern California Kaiser Permanente Foundation Innovation grant.

This unique collaboration of churches, mental health professionals, academic researchers and community health leaders was entitled Project Trust. The aim of this research, conducted through focus groups and creative dialogue between mental health professionals and pastors, was to find ways to integrate their respective ways of healing and hope in their practice.

Through this, the practice of worship was identified as a major element in the coping and healing process. Historically, African American churches have been and are instrumental in innovating and invigorating worship practices. In addition, the mental health profession has been growing in their understanding of meditation, empathy and intention as important to healthy lifestyle and recovery from trauma.

There is a growing amount of research suggesting that worship and music have positive effects in healing from physical trauma. This conference builds on and is an innovation from that. 


Register through Eventbrite: project-trust.eventbrite.com

Cost is Free with limited seating. Lunch is included

Reserve your seat today!

Schedule (subject to change)

March 21, 2020

Morning Session 9-12

Opening Words – Rev. Michael Smith McGee Ave. Baptist Church, Berkeley

Worship – (City of Refuge Praise Team)
Litany for Mental Health – Bishop Ernie Jackson Pastor Grace Tabernacle Church, San Francisco

WELCOME – PROVOST OR DEAN University of Redlands
What we know from Project Trust – Dr. Lisa Brown Palo Alto University, Dr. Peter Goldblum
Introduction of Keynote – Rev. Kathy Thompkins- Kaiser Permanente

Worship Music

Keynote Speaker – Rev. Dr. Darrell Armstrong
Pastor – Shiloh Baptist Church, Trenton New Jersey


Word/ Worship and Witness – Rev. Dr. Donna Allen
Pastor New Revelation Community Church, Oakland CA

Lunch 12- 1

Afternoon Worship and Workshop 1 -3:30pm

Liturgical Dance Worship

Worship – Ronesha Coleman
St. Paul AME Berkeley Ca

Plenary Sessions

Africanism and Worship in Pastoral Care
Rev. Dr. Laurie Garett-Cobbina - University of Redlands Graduate School of Theology
Dr. Michael Cobbina – Kaiser Permanente

Youth Mental Health and Spirituality Worship Practices
Rev. Toni Dunbar – City of Refuge UCC
Rev. Vance Barnes – Mt. Gilead Baptist Church

Ending Liturgy

Project Trust Pastors with Communion
Rev. Dr. Mark Wilson


City of Refuge UCC

8400 Enterprise Way

Oakland, CA 94621