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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.

Spiritual Direction (Part 2): A Space for Rigorous Honesty

By Ruth Haley Barton | October 2, 2019 |

Spiritual direction has been a part of the Transforming Center’s ministry from the beginning. As a part of the Transforming Community experience, we strongly recommend that leaders seek out a…

Spiritual Direction (Part 1): A Vital Practice for Discerning Leaders

By Ruth Haley Barton | September 12, 2019 |

Spiritual direction has been a part of the Transforming Center’s ministry from the beginning. As a part of the Transforming Community experience, we strongly recommend that leaders seek out a…

Spiritual Leadership And the Practice of Paying Attention

By Ruth Haley Barton | October 22, 2007 |

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

A Leader’s Lifeline in the Crucible of Ministry

By Ruth Haley Barton | May 22, 2007 |

“I didn’t want to be the leader because the leader always gets voted off the island.” Gary Hogeboom Survivor Guatemala…

A Heart of Stone to a Heart of Flesh: Experiencing Transformation in Community

By Tom Boyle | April 22, 2007 |

“I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them; I will remove the heart of stone…

An Invitation to Prayer during Holy Week

By Ruth Haley Barton | April 10, 2007 |

Then Jesus came to his disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay…

Crossing the Threshold into Lent

By Ruth Haley Barton | February 22, 2007 |

Oh God, let something essential happen to me, something more than interesting or entertaining or thoughtful. Oh God, let something…

“Pull Me Out of the Game, Coach!”

By Rev. Dr. J. Taylor Haley | January 15, 2007 |

Editor’s Note: The heart of the Transforming Center’s mission and ministry is the two- year Transforming Community experience in which…

Epiphany: Finding Christ Where We Least Expect Him

By Ruth Haley Barton | January 5, 2007 |

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who…

Advent 4: Saying Yes to God

By Ruth Haley Barton | December 25, 2006 |

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and…

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