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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,…

Crossing the Threshold into Lent

By Ruth Haley Barton |

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

child holding helmet on sidelines

“Pull Me Out of the Game, Coach!”

By Rev. Dr. J. Taylor Haley |

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 |

“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 |

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

Advent 3: A Community of Waiting and Expectation

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“As the people were filled with expectation and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be…

Advent 2: Preparing the Way

By Ruth Haley Barton |

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was…

Advent: Light of Our Darkness

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among the nations…

My Words Can’t Carry All the Praise

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Editors Note: The poems of Pastor Ted Loder have accompanied us on many Transforming Center retreats, guiding us into moments…


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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
  • Every reflection includes a recording by Ruth that goes deeper into topic.
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