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Reflections on the Soul of Leadership

Written by Ruth Haley Barton, each reflection provides spiritual guidance and encouragement for those seeking to be in God for the world.

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Lent and the Human Struggle

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Lent is a spiritual season which calls for greater openness to the word of God and conversion in every area of our lives. It is a time to face the…

Holding Fast to Love and Justice—In Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Ruth Haley Barton |

To mark and celebrate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is to mark and celebrate something that is very important to the God who created…

Epiphany: A Dangerous Journey

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“The Christian of the future will either be a mystic or will not exist at all.” —Karl Rahner Lectionary readings…

Invitation to Advent: Leaders in Liminal Space

By Ruth Haley Barton |

This week, we release our Advent podcast season of the Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast! If you’ve already signed…

Finding God’s Will in Community: Exploring a process for corporate leadership discernment

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“If we’re not discerning God’s will together in fairly intentional ways, what are we doing?” —Ruth Haley Barton It was…

Spiritual Direction (Part 2): A Space for Rigorous Honesty

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Spiritual direction has been a part of the Transforming Center’s ministry from the beginning. As a part of the Transforming…

Spiritual Direction (Part 1): A Vital Practice for Discerning Leaders

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Spiritual direction has been a part of the Transforming Center’s ministry from the beginning. As a part of the Transforming…

Lectio Divina: Engaging the Scriptures for Spiritual Transformation

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Lectio Divina (translated “divine [or sacred] reading”) is an approach to the Scriptures that sets us up to listen for…

Are You Longing for More in Church?

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Eventually, someone looking for a church home will ask some variation of this question:  “So, what kind of church are…

Transformed Nonconformist: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Ruth Haley Barton |

The Transforming Center is closed today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his courageous leadership in championing…

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