Keep Making Peace – 2018

Sharing Grace in Perilous times

Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

University United Methodist Church
1120 South Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

Registration & Cost

Coffee, Juice, etc. @ 9:00 and a vegetarian lunch are included

Pay at the event… Only cash or check payable to “Keep Making Peace,” please

Early Bird Registration – Ends March 30

  • $30 per person
  • $75 per carload of 3 or more

Standard Registration – March 31 through April 6

  • $35 per person
  • $90 per carload of 3 or more

Students are free

Books authored by our presenters will be for sale.

Keynoters/Workshop Leaders

Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre,
Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies,
Iliff School of Theology,
Denver, CO.

Professor De La Torre is a Fulbright Scholar, editor of Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump, and author of many books including Embracing Hopelessness (2017) and Reading the Bible from the Margins. He is a past President of the Society of Christian Ethics and founding editor of “The Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Religion.” He wrote the screenplay documentary on immigration, “Trails of Hope and Terror,” which has been shown at 18 film festivals.

Dr. Charles L. Ballard,
Michigan State University,
Department of Economics Professor

Director of MSU’s quarterly State of the State Survey, which measures Michigan’s consumer confidence and approval ratings of political leaders. Often heard on radio and TV, he is the author of numerous papers on tax rates, subsidies, welfare costs, health care, and distribution of income. He is the Board Chair of the Michigan League for Public Policy (

Rev. Grace Imathiu,
Lead Pastor,
Community United Methodist Church,
Naperville, IL

Pastor Grace is an ordained elder in the Methodist Church in Kenya. She is in constant demand as an international preacher and Bible teacher. Her preaching at youth conferences has made her a favorite among youth. She was in Liberia in 2017 fostering dialogue among United Methodists. “To listen to Grace preach and teach is to hear the words of the Holy Scripture come to life,” wrote Dr. Eddie Fox in Rev. Imathiu’s book Words of Fire, Spirit of Grace: 12 Sermons by One of the World’s Best Preachers.

Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann,
writer and nonviolent community activist,
a United Methodist pastor

Bill directed the Masters of Divinity Program of the Seminary Consortium of Urban Pastoral Education and pastored St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Detroit’s Corktown community for 11 years. He is a leader working to prevent water shutoffs and make water affordable. He had two books published in 2017: Where the Water Goes Around: Beloved Detroit and Principalities in Particular: A Practical Theology of the Powers That Be.

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