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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…

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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…

Lent: An Invitation to Return to God

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Yet even now, says the Lord, repent and return to me with all your heart.” Joel 2:13 Today is Ash…

Make a Joyful Silence

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.” Psalm 138:3 Long ago, a wise…

Spiritual Transformation: Hype or Hope?

By David Hughes |

Why are you so downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I…

Discernment: Finding God in All Things

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Discernment in its fullness takes a practiced heart, fine-tuned to hear the word of God and the single-mindedness to follow…

Advent: Training in Waiting

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“No one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those…

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Beyond Teamwork: Spiritual Community at the Leadership Level

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Christian community is founded solely on Jesus Christ and in fact, it already exists in Christ. It is not an…

The Conundrum of Calling

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Calls are essentially questions. They aren’t questions you necessarily need to answer outright; they are questions to which you need…

When Leaders Lose Their Souls

By Ruth Haley Barton |

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


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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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