Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard
Tuesday January 29, 2019
In her sermon for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany, the Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard speaks of Jesus as a distrupter, a paradigm shifte. And to get to know Jesus was to get to know about the great love of God. Jesus makes the circle bigger for so many who had been excluded. But it isn't easy.
Articles by The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard
Saturday May 27, 2017
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.
Thursday November 26, 2015
Other than God... Who should you thank today? Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday June 26, 2015
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.
Friday April 03, 2015
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.
Tuesday March 10, 2015
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.
Tuesday December 16, 2014
As Christians, celebrating the season of Advent, the glory of humanity, and the horror of the human condition come into view.
Friday October 31, 2014
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...
Sunday April 20, 2014
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.
Wednesday February 12, 2014
With all the craziness that is the Olympics in Sochi, I hope the Olympic sports do what they do so well: inspire.
Friday November 08, 2013
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.'
Sunday September 08, 2013
Sister Joan Chittister and the other sisters exemplify the adage, "think globally, act locally;" they do both, well.
Wednesday September 04, 2013
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.
Monday May 20, 2013
A meditation on what this season's graduates should know, thanks to Jeremiah and Mary Oliver.
Wednesday April 24, 2013
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.
Sunday December 16, 2012
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.
Tuesday November 06, 2012
The Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard offers a timely prayer as the nation votes.
Monday October 15, 2012
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?
Sunday September 23, 2012
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.