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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.

Invitation to Advent: Leaders in Liminal Space

By Ruth Haley Barton | November 25, 2019 |

This week, we release our Advent podcast season of the Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast! If you’ve already signed up for our mailing list, you’ll get a notification for…

Finding God’s Will in Community: Exploring a process for corporate leadership discernment

By Ruth Haley Barton | November 18, 2019 |

“If we’re not discerning God’s will together in fairly intentional ways, what are we doing?” —Ruth Haley Barton It was a conversation similar to many I’ve had with Christian leaders.…

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

Part Two: The Power of a Well-Timed Pause

By Ruth Haley Barton | May 10, 2018 |

“Spiritual leadership springs forth in grace from our very desire for God’s presence. This does not take effort or striving. …

Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses

Part One: Coming Home to Ourselves in God’s Presence

By Ruth Haley Barton | April 19, 2018 |

“When I want to do good, evil is close at hand.”  ~the apostle Paul Moses was destined to be a…

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When Leaders Lose Their Souls

By Ruth Haley Barton | April 9, 2018 |

“For what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more…

Lent reflections week 5

Staying Awake During Holy Week

By Ruth Haley Barton | March 26, 2018 |

Lectionary readings and guidance on using the lectionary Good Friday: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18:1-19:42 “Stay together, friends, don’t scatter and…

Join a worldwide prayer vigil on Good Friday 2018

By Ruth Haley Barton | March 16, 2018 |

For many years we have hosted a Stations of the Cross prayer service on Good Friday as a way of…

Lent reflections week 5

Lent: Dying That We Might Live

By Ruth Haley Barton | March 12, 2018 |

Lectionary readings and guidance on using the lectionary Fifth Sunday in Lent: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33…

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Love, Lent, and Leadership: Fashioning Your Own Wilderness

By Ruth Haley Barton | February 14, 2018 |

Lectionary readings and guidance on using the lectionary Ash Wednesday: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6,…

Epiphany: Who am I now?

By Transforming Center | January 5, 2018 |

Guidance on using the lectionary. Lectionary readings for January 7, 2018: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12…

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