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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....

Sit back and enjoy our blog of interviews too—

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Susan Baller-Shepard, MDiv, MSW
» November 2015

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2015-11-18 @ 13:50 pm

Blessing Your Work Space Holy One, I come to work today, and this is what I offer: Me. Here. In this place. Use this life of mine for a higher cause, a greater good. If this is not a place that is good for me or for the world, then help me to move on from this work. May this be a place of transformation. May I learn the lessons …

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2015-11-11 @ 17:40 pm

5 Thank You's to Say Now from the Mean Minister* *Mean, Because I Care When I was a child, one of my least favorite phrases was, "You should be grateful." So, I'm not telling you that. What I am suggesting here is that this month is a great time to say these five thank yous. It's a heartfelt endeavor. You'll see. It does a soul good. 1. Thank a Teacher …

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2015-11-04 @ 21:00 pm

An e-retreat for seekers during what Madeline L'engle referred to as "the irrational season" What do a minister, an editor, a soup kitchen director, an old monk, and a renowned spiritual master have in common with you? Like you, they are all seekers on an Advent journey. And these five women want to break the Word with you as all of us prepare to birth God into our world. Join Susan …