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Susan Baller-Shepard

 Susan in her own words...

 

I'll forever be indebted to Rabbi Jay Goldstein at University of Iowa, for the way he bridged literature and spirituality in his "Quest for Human Destiny" course.


Writer/Speaker/Minister/College Instructor
Thankful to be a part of this site, to know and love our local spirituality book club group, and for this journey of over twelve years together.Ordained as a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), with a dual competency: master of Social Work and master of Divinity. I'm also a writer and I've had the opportunity to be a speaker in a variety of local and global venues.

Having served as a pastor in churches in Springfield, Peoria, and Rochester, Illinois, and I'm currently what's called "a parish associate pastor" at First Presbyterian Church, Normal, Illinois  , which gives me time to edit this site, write for various publications, finish the non-fiction book I've been writing, and do the international work I adore. Active in our Presbytery's partnership with north-eastern Brazil for years, having worked on projects in various parts of Africa, involved with a book about Peter Hesse's work in Haiti, I've turned my focus on global projects helping orphaned children, in the People's Republic of China in particular.

I write a lot. My book Doe is now available from Finishing Line Press and on Amazon

Here is Garrison Keillor reading a poem, "Taking That Bite Before Leaving," a poem from Doe, on The Writer's Almanac.

 

The writing I've done has appeared in a variety of venues including the Washington Post's "On Faith," the Chicago Tribune, Spirituality & Health magazine, Writer's Digest magazine, Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Church & Society, denominational publications, www.rhinopoetry.org, and in every Outrider Press Black and White series anthologies since 2003 with TallGrass Writer's Guild.

Presently I'm working with the fine folks of Writing by Writers and the amazing people involved in Winter DRAFT to complete a new book.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the other writing women who rock my world with their wisdom and grace and skill and talent and all of that: the ArmadillHers: Jody Hobbs Hesler, Charmaine Wilkerson, Teresa Burns Gunther. Along with these women there are Ruth Everhart and Judith Valente who have faithfully been writing on this path with me for a long time :-) I'm grateful.

Thanks for coming along on this spiritual journey, enjoy the books, music, links....

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Susan Baller-Shepard, MDiv, MSW

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2020-03-26 @ 15:20 pm

“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”― Augustine of Hippo   We’d gone to all the wrong places. Of course we had. The Chinese government hadn’t yet released the news about SARS, in December 2002, the news wouldn’t be released until February of 2003. Travelers like us would go …

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2020-03-16 @ 12:55 pm

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Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2020-01-15 @ 15:25 pm

TITLE INFORMATION DOE Susan Baller-Shepard Finishing Line Press (102 pp.) $19.99 paperback ISBN: 978-1-63534-904-7; April 12, 2019 Kirkus Reviews BOOK REVIEW A debut collection of verse delivers meditations on nature, womanhood, and a wide range of other topics. Novelists and poets use words differently. The first group heaps sentence on sentence, paragraph on paragraph, creating a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. In this context, individual words matter less. …