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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.

A Spirituality of Racial Justice

Part 2: Lament that Leads to Justice: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s Transforming Leadership

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Where do we go from here—chaos or community?”  Martin Luther King, Jr. Lament is a spiritual practice that is more than mere catharsis; when practiced fully, it can be a…

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Epiphany: When the Star Beckons

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Lectionary Readings for Epiphany: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 “They set out; and there ahead of them, went the star they had seen at it’s rising,…

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…

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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…

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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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