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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.

A Spirituality of Racial Justice

Part 2: Lament that Leads to Justice: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s Transforming Leadership

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Where do we go from here—chaos or community?”  Martin Luther King, Jr. Lament is a spiritual practice that is more than mere catharsis; when practiced fully, it can be a…

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Epiphany: When the Star Beckons

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Lectionary Readings for Epiphany: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 “They set out; and there ahead of them, went the star they had seen at it’s rising,…

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Transforming Worship: Communal, Experiential, Formative

By Rory Noland |

“For worship to be as glorious as it should be, for it to lift people out of their mundane cares…

Invitation to Solitude & Silence Licensed to SPCK Publishing

By Transforming Center |

Invitation to Solitude and Silence now has released in the United Kingdom and is now part of the growing list…

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Sane Rhythms of Work and Rest in Your Life as a Leader

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“We are blessed with inner rhythms that tell us where we are, and where we are going. No matter, then,…

A Spirituality of Racial Justice

Engaging a transforming conversation about policing in America

By Ruth Haley Barton |

In this ongoing series we reflect on the spiritual truths and principles that undergird the fight for racial justice, the…

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Ten years later, I am still in ministry!

By Transforming Center |

Note: What is the long-term impact of the Transforming Community experience in the lives of leaders? Pastor and law enforcement…

Part Five

Eastertide: Discerning the Presence of Christ

By Ruth Haley Barton |

You can also read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this series. They urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with…

Part 3

Eastertide: Women and Men in Transforming Community

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did…

A Spirituality of Racial Justice

Lamenting the Atlanta shootings

By Transforming Center |

In this ongoing series we reflect on the spiritual truths and principles that undergird the fight for racial justice, the Spirit…

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