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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

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.

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

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Susan Baller-Shepard, MDiv, MSW
» April 2015

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2015-04-28 @ 20:20 pm

The incarnation of God in Jesus Christ in many ways is not a "one and done." Sure, we can go into theological debates here, but my point, and I do have one, is, the love of God in Jesus, in that flesh, has got to continue to mean something in the lives of human beings here on earth. Being a follower of the way of Christ is a tall order. …

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2015-04-28 @ 20:10 pm

April is National Poetry Month as well as the month we celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day.  Our editor, Susan Baller-Shepard, was part of a poetry reading and photography exhibit called "Eyes To See: Celebrating the Beauty of Nature," co-sponsored by the Illinois Grand Praire Master Naturalist program and the new Van Leer Academy for the Arts at Normal's Broadview Mansion. Here she reads her original poem, "Inland." http://wglt.org/wireready/news/2015/04/08142_04-23PoetryMonthShepard_093059.shtml