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Susan Baller-Shepard

About Susan

 

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 (Brasil) 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.

 

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.

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

Sit back and enjoy our blog of interviews too—

Glad you're here.

 

 


 

Susan Baller-Shepard, MDiv, MSW

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2019-05-08 @ 18:55 pm

Come Holy Spirit Come! Sermon: Created Courageous to Carry the Story preached at First Presbyterian Church, Normal, IL May 5, 2019 First Reading Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)   1Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he …

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2019-03-12 @ 20:40 pm

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2019-03-12 @ 19:20 pm

In April, Celebrating National Poetry Month! April 19-21st at North American Review's 50th Anniversary Writing Conference, speaking on Sunday  Wed. April 24, 7:30pm Growing Hope through Poetry, Normal, IL April 27th TallGrass Writers Guild Poetry Reading, Chicago, IL Fall 2019 Teaching Literature of the Bible at Heartland Community College 12:30-1:45pm Mon/Wed Literature of the Bible 260 

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2019-02-03 @ 15:30 pm

Doe will be loose in the world at the end of March 2019, you can preorder now at Finishing Line Press.    To read the poems in this fine first collection is to stroll through the lives of many females – human and animal alike — with a most companionable guide. Baller-Shepard is a remarkable new poetic voice equally at ease with observing farm women at work, discussing Einstein’s Grand Unified …

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2019-02-03 @ 15:20 pm

Susan Baller-Shepard had the great good fortune to meet with Day1.org host Peter Wallace and be the featured speaker on that program. Check out the other speakers listed on Day1.org's site, including Royal Wedding preacher Bishop Curry. Her message is entitled, "Now I Know."