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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.

Juneteenth: Celebrating the Good News of Freedom

By Transforming Center |

Where the Spirit of the Lord there is freedom. II Corinthians 3:17  Today as we mark the Juneteenth national holiday, we invite you to reflect on this documentary that expands…

A variety of different doors collaged together

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…

Advent 3: The Messenger and the Message

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“The house of my soul is too narrow for Thee to come in; let it be enlarged by Thee. It…

Advent 2: Necessary Preparations

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“The word of God came to John in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming…

Advent: The Courage to Wait

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“God comes to us like the sun in the morning…when it is time. We must assume an attitude of waiting,…

Sweet Hours of Prayer: How Fixed Hour Prayer Nurtures Community

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Part II “We are formed together as we learn to pray together. Ancient Jews and Christians uttered sacred prayers together.…


Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Without solitude it is impossible to have a spiritual life.”    –Henri Nouwen It is a wonderful thing to be invited.…

Available to God on Behalf of Others

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.” Psalm 138:3 This week I went…

Holy Week: An Invitation to Walk with Christ

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Stay together, friends, don’t scatter and sleep. Our friendship is made of being awake.” Rumi In her book Cloister Walk,…

Practicing Repentance

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“While the truth that we cannot escape God’s all-seeing eye may weigh us down at times, it is finally the…


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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
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