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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.

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

By Ruth Haley Barton | October 2, 2019 |

Spiritual direction has been a part of the Transforming Center’s ministry from the beginning. As a part of the Transforming Community experience, we strongly recommend that leaders seek out a…

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

By Ruth Haley Barton | September 12, 2019 |

Spiritual direction has been a part of the Transforming Center’s ministry from the beginning. As a part of the Transforming Community experience, we strongly recommend that leaders seek out a…

Lectio Divina: Engaging the Scriptures for Spiritual Transformation

By Ruth Haley Barton | July 2, 2019 |

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 | May 28, 2019 |

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 | January 19, 2019 |

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

Epiphany: Celebrating the Imperfect Journey

By Ruth Haley Barton | January 3, 2019 |

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who…

I cannot imagine just how I did life before!

Tiptoeing Around the Edges of Burnout

By Transforming Center | December 13, 2018 |

By Daniele Evans My Transforming Community (TC13) experience began with plenty excitement, anticipation and my soul tiptoeing around the edges…

Two Years Transforming: Forever Grateful

By Transforming Center | November 21, 2018 |

By Nathan Albert For the last two years, I traveled to a monastery outside of Chicago every three months for…

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The Major Imperatives Within Mature Discipleship

By Ron Rolheiser, OMI | November 16, 2018 |

“At a certain age our lives simplify and we need have only three phrases left in our spiritual vocabulary: Thank…

Practicing Relinquishment: The Enneagram Goes on Retreat 

By Ruth Haley Barton | October 29, 2018 |

“Every movement toward the humiliation of the false self, if we accept it, is a step toward freedom and inner…

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