Yasmeen Schärer grew up in Germany. Of German, Afro-American and Jewish descent, she has lived in England, Israel and the USA. She now lives in Switzerland.

In her youth, she went to the Philippines to bring not only the gospel but also humanitarian aid.

She studied theology at the Universities of Fribourg and Geneva in Switzerland.

After working as secretary of the Swiss Mennonite Conference, she is now a pastor in a Mennonite assembly.

She has also taught various courses at the Bienenberg Theological Education Center (Old Testament Wisdom Literature, Old Testament Prophets, Judaism).

She is also author of a commentary on Ecclesiastes that was published by the Scripture Union.

“I’m fascinated by the Bible and theology; so many things, little things in everyday life never cease to amaze me.

For me, this corresponds to what one of the greatest theologians of all time, Abraham Joshua Heschel, said (or rather, wrote): “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.

Surprised, amazed, I can be every day. Filled with gratitude towards my God and my creator – despite my illness and my difficulties. I am a woman of 40+ years, a theology graduate, tattooed, shaved head – and a preacher in a Mennonite church.

Sppj5919Life is a wonderful gift given to me.

Life is a wonderful gift that has been given to us all, and every day is worth living fully, and especially in the company of God, and our friend and savior Jesus who knows so well human life with all its difficulties, but also its beauty – and who surely has far more humour than we imagine.

The love of God, so bright, and the peace that it gives me, are what keep me going and inspire me – inspire me to live, to share, to write …

By grace, all is given to us, and by grace I live, day after day.

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