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I am so honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the Academy of Parish Clergy:   2017 Annual Conference
April 25-27, 2017.

Please join me at the annual conference. Registration closes April 13, 2017.

Below is a repost from the Academy of Parish Clergy Website


Breaking Down Barriers in the Spirit

St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, Detroit, MI

Keynote Speaker

Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Associate Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion

Grace Ji-Sun Kim is a Korean-American theologian and professor at Earlham School of Theology. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated with her family to London, Ontario in 1975. She earned a B.Sc. in Psychology from Victoria University at the University of Toronto, a Master of Divinity degree from Knox College, University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Her presentation at the APC will focus on the message of her book Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love (Eerdmans, 2015). The presentations will invite participants to broaden their theological and pastoral horizons, recognizing the varieties of ways in which human beings exist, worship, and serve.

Her presentations will conclude on Wednesday with an interfaith panel, drawn from representatives from the Metro- Detroit area.


Registration and cost

COSTS SINGLE ROOM $300, Includes two-night stay, six meals and conference

COUPLES $400 ($200 DISCOUNT) Each room has one double bed that can be shared.


Six Meals are included

Additional nights are $61

About the Accommodations:

  • Single floor, barrier free building under one roof
  • 85 Guest Bedrooms
  • Private bath and shower in each room
  • Linens, towels and soap provided
  • Ceiling fans and screened windows
  • Seven rooms include support bars in the bathroom
  • One fully wheelchair-accessible bedroom and bathroom

Register online and use PayPal

This is a two-sep process.

  1. CLICK HERE and complete registration
  2. Pay for your registration through PayPal

or download the registration form and send with your check made out to APC to:

Rev. Bob Cornwall

4705 Alton Drive

Troy, MI 48085-5001

Questions: registration@APClergy.org

> Conference Schedule

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:15 Welcome and Orientation

1:15-2:30 Session 1: Foreign Women in the Bible

2:45-4:14 Session 2: Spirit God and Shalom Justice

4:15-6:00 Break/Books 6:00-7:00 Dinner

7-8:30 Book of the Year Presentations

8:45-9:15 Vespers / Fellowship & Bedtime

7:30 Chapel

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:15 Session 3: The Transformative Spirit of Love

10:30-11:30 Session 4: Interfaith Panel – Embracing the Other

Noon Lunch

1:00-2:00 First Call Pastors

2:00-6:00 Free time

6:00-7:00 Banquet

7:00-7:30 Fellows Induction Ceremony

7:30-8 Parish Pastor of the Year

8-9 Worship w/ Parish Pastor of the Year Preaching

9-10 Reception

7:30 a.m. Chapel

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. APC business meeting and installation

10:30 a.m. On Our Way Rejoicing

About the Venue

St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center offers an experience to remember! It is a welcoming, sacred place where you can truly experience the hospitality and compassion of St. Paul’s staff. You will find several meeting spaces, a beautiful chapel, 85 private guest bedrooms with individual bathroom and an exceptional dining service. The Center is surrounded by a secured 20 acres of outdoor statues, pathways and gardens.

Directions from Detroit Metro Airport

Take I-94 East to Telegraph North

Follow the I-96 East sign. Turn right (at Schoolcraft which is the I-96 service drive). Do NOT go on the freeway, stay on the service drive. Just a short distance beyond Virgil (traffic light) watch for the St. Paul of the Cross sign located near the driveway on your right. Turn into the drive and follow up through the open gate.

APC offers $40 off NEW MEMBERSHIPS

for conference attendees who would like to join the Academy.



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