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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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Even When the Doors are Shut: Encountering the Risen Christ

By Ruth Haley Barton |

My favorite thing about the Easter story—aside from the resurrection itself—is reading the stories about Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances and how each one was different, uniquely suited to the person(s) he…

The Practice of Keeping Vigil

By 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 God. This was his real agony. He overcame…

January 6, 2021: An Unexpected Epiphany

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“A leader is a person who must take special responsibility for what’s going on inside him- or herself, inside his or…

Epiphany: A Season of Revelation

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 Arise, shine; for your light has come,…

Leo Ayala

Leo’s story: The impact of a Transforming Community in the life of a pastor

By Transforming Center |

Note: What is the impact of the Transforming Center in the lives of leaders? Pastor Leo Ayala, a recipient of a Robert…

A Prayer on Election Day

By Ruth Haley Barton |

O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord, Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments. We thank you…

A Spirituality of Racial Justice

Part 1: Lament that Leads to Partnership in God’s Transforming Work

By Ruth Haley Barton |

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

Transforming Center Partners with Seminary Now, an On-Demand Streaming Platform Providing Biblical Training Courses

By Transforming Center |

Seminary Now makes biblical training accessible to those who desire to lead the church in a changing environment. The Transforming Center is…

Bring rhythms of fixed-hour prayer to your family

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Fixed-hour prayer gives us a way to anchor our daily lives in rhythms of prayer, Scripture reading, and silence, ensuring…

Reflecting on COVID-19 through the Lens of John 9

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Surely we are not blind, are we?” John 9:40 That the Works of God Might be Revealed Here at the Transforming…

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  • Reflections written for spiritual leaders delivered over 4 weeks each Saturday morning
  • Includes guidance to listen to what your soul wants to say to God and what God wants to say to your soul
  • Every reflection includes a recording by Ruth that goes deeper into topic.
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