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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.

That the Works of God Might be Revealed

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Surely we are not blind, are we?” John 9:40 Here at the Transforming Center, we are John 9 people. What I mean by that is that this story has shaped us…

Join us for a virtual Good Friday prayer service

By Transforming Center |

The Practice of Keeping Vigil Ruth Haley Barton “Who can stay awake in this night of God? Who will not be as if paralyzed by it? Christ’s struggle was with…

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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…

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…

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 |

Click here to read “Spiritual Direction (Part 1): A Vital Practice for Discerning Leaders.” “The whole purpose of spiritual direction…

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

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“A spiritual director is one who helps another to recognize and to follow the inspirations of grace in his life,…

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…

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