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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…

Group of people looking up at a starry night sky

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,…

What does your soul want to say to God?

What Does Your Soul Want to Say to God?

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“It is not enough for the priests and ministers of the future to be moral people, well- trained, eager to…

Epiphany: A Time for Seeking and Finding

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“When the wise men saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they…

Joseph and the Walk of Faith

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him.” Matthew 1:18­25 “Sooner or later,…

Advent: Training in Waiting

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Waiting is the hidden preparation through which God puts his ministers. We neglect it to our own peril.” –Richard Foster…

Spiritual Leadership And the Practice of Paying Attention

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“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 |

“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 |

“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 |

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


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