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The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard is an author, teacher, Presbyterian minister, and editor of spiritualitybookclub.com

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The award-winning writing by Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard, MSW has been published in the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post "On Faith," Spirituality & Health, Patheos, Writer's Digest, and Church & Society, along with a number of newspapers, denominational publications, web sites, and poetry anthologies.  She blogs for the Huffington Post Religion section and about faith & life in motion at www.patheos.com/blogs/transient.

Susan has her Master of Social Work and Master of Divinity, is a parish associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church-Normal, and for thirteen years has been editor of  www.spiritualbookclub.com with its blog of over 180 global interviews "Real People, Real Lives, Real Spirituality." She is completing a non-fiction manuscript and teaching "Major World Religions" at Heartland Community College. Author of the children's book Matching Yu, she was interviewed by a PBS program about the adoption and faith journey http://www.vimeo.com/8769752

Her Site: www.spiritualbookclub.com

Blog: Real People, Real Lives, Real Spirituality 

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Latest Content by The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Susan Baller-Shepard: Your Life Matters in the Big Scheme of Things!

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

 

#YourLifeMatters #BookofLife #BigSchemeofThings #BarbaricYawp #AmWriting #BeingWritten #PepTalk

Your Life Matters in the Big Scheme of Things

Let this be a pep talk to you on a day in which you doubt this fact. Your life is written on a page in the bigger book of life. While you're living, it's hard to trust that it matters. It's hard to trust that your days are connected to a string of days, connected to lives that are connected to other lives in ways you'd never imagine, that you never get to see. 

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Susan Baller-Shepard: 5 Thank Yous to Say Now

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

 

5 Thank Yous 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.

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Other Recent Content by The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

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June 26, 2015

Susan Baller-Shepard: Thank You, Mother Emmanuel

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

To pull a trigger is easy. Clay pigeons flung out in an arc, hit them one by one, pop, pop, pop, a child at summer camp. To pull a trigger in the United States has too often been child's play. Most recently, by someone barely old enough to buy alcohol.
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April 03, 2015

Susan Baller-Shepard: Good Friday Mettle

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

Being a follower of the way of Christ is a tall order. This Good and Holy Friday is a reminder that when the rubber meets the road, our behavior, what we do, matters.
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March 10, 2015

Susan Baller-Shepard: Adopting? Proceed Reverently

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

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 parental rights were legally severed. This experience opened my eyes to the complexity of adoption.
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December 16, 2014

Susan Baller-Shepard: Welcome Home! Amidst Torture and 'Man's Inhumanity to Man'

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

As Christians, celebrating the season of Advent, the glory of humanity, and the horror of the human condition come into view.
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October 31, 2014

Susan Baller-Shepard: From Jesus to Hollywood: Author Jay Parini

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

Perhaps you know his name from his book Jesus: The Human Face of God, or perhaps you know him as author of The Last Station, which was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film? However you might know Jay Parini, Jay's a man of many stories. I asked Jay about his work, here are his answers...
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April 20, 2014

Susan Baller-Shepard: Fresh Grief: Thoughts of Easter

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

If Easter means anything, it has to speak to our fresh grief. It has to speak something new in the dark. Into despair that tastes like metal, and is that monochrome, in this ravaged ransacked landscape, something or someone must emerge.
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February 12, 2014

Susan Baller-Shepard: Sanctity of Sport: Tuning In

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

With all the craziness that is the Olympics in Sochi, I hope the Olympic sports do what they do so well: inspire.
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November 08, 2013

Susan Baller-Shepard: Going Monastic: Thoroughly Modern Woman Experiences an Ancient Rule

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

Judith Valente wears many hats in this life. One hat she wears is that of good friend to countless people. I am proud to have her as my friend, proud to see her work come to fruition, whether that is her work as a journalist, writer or poet. Here is an interview Judith granted me about her book, 'Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith.'
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September 08, 2013

Susan Baller-Shepard: Local & Global: Both/And

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

Sister Joan Chittister and the other sisters exemplify the adage, "think globally, act locally;" they do both, well.
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September 04, 2013

Susan Baller-Shepard: #mistakesweremade #lessonslearned

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

We give up on God and go around digging for something to satisfy us, things that are not meaningful, but will ease our angst momentarily, let us live a lesser life, not life abundant, which God promises us. We choose: life as we want to make it, rather than life as God would make it, trusting in God's provision.
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May 20, 2013

Susan Baller-Shepard: Wild and Precious Lives: Godspeed, Graduates!

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

A meditation on what this season's graduates should know, thanks to Jeremiah and Mary Oliver.
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April 24, 2013

Susan Baller-Shepard: Searching for Goodness in Times of Horror

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

I remember July 7, 2005, when an acquaintance of mine, Colin Morley, was killed on the Tube, Edgware Road in London, by a suicide bomber. I remember the horror of it. The bomb had nails packed into it so when it exploded, it would do as much damage and maiming as possible. I thought of that last week with the two bombs going off in Boston, packed with carpenter nails.
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December 16, 2012

Susan Baller-Shepard: Blue Flash of Advent

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

During the Advent season, we promise to slow down, to sit, reflect, to not make lists upon lists, to let things go, to be present, to shop year round instead of last minute. All of that. And, to not let holiday panic overtake us. That too. In December, stuff jam-packs our days, our hours, our minds.
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November 06, 2012

Susan Baller-Shepard: Prayer for Confluence in the Course of Elections

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard offers a timely prayer as the nation votes.
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October 15, 2012

Susan Baller-Shepard: Felix Baumgartner Jumps...to Infinity and...?

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

I wonder what drove Felix Baumgartner to do a 24 mile skydive. The astronauts of the lunar era were heroic in fascinating ways, and once grounded, and once the missions were grounded, what then, for them?
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September 23, 2012

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard: How we live our days

The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard (PCUSA)

My great Aunt died recently. In the “funeral pending” section of the paper was her name and age, right next to a teenager’s. It hardly seems fair. It is certainly hard to understand, these two listed side by side, and the juxtaposition of the numbers, and the years spent on earth, seemed poignant to me.