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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
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....check out some of my work here

 

The writing I've done has appeared in a variety of venues including the Washington Post's "On Faith" guest voices, in the Chicago Tribune, Spirituality & Health magazine, Writer's Digest magazine, Church & Society, denominational publications, www.rhinopoetry.org, and for nine years in anthologies by Outrider Press 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—

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Susan Baller-Shepard, MDiv, MSW
» March 2015

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2015-03-01 @ 14:50 pm

"The adoption of the clock was the most important event in the NBA." --Maurice Podoloff, the NBA's first president Invariably, it happens. I'll run into someone at the grocery store, we'll be having a deep conversation over kohlrabi and Gala apples, and she'll say, "If I die, I want you to do my funeral." I can't help myself. This is when I ease green beans into my cart, interrupt, and …

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2015-03-01 @ 13:45 pm

Adopting? Proceed reverently, says the Mean Minister*   I remember most the heartache. Having worked in child welfare as a social work intern, I saw how parenting, termination of parental rights, and the process of adoption could go all go terribly wrong. Parental rights were ended, while emotional ties remained strong. More than once I sat with a prisoner as she recorded her final message to her child, as her …

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2015-03-01 @ 13:40 pm

Podcasts of Poetry Radio on WGLT: http://wglt.org/podcasts/poetry_radio/audio/012915CROW.mp3