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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.

Lent: Dying That We Might Live

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Lectionary readings and guidance on using the lectionary “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for…

Season of Returning: A Leader’s Journey into Lent

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Scripture for Ash Wednesday: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 “Lent is a time of returning to God.  It is a time…

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…

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…

Epiphany: Celebrating the Imperfect Journey

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“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 |

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 |

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 |

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

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  • Reflections written for spiritual leaders delivered over 3 weeks
  • 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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