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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…

A variety of different doors collaged together

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…

Lectio Divina: Engaging the Scriptures for Spiritual Transformation

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Lectio Divina (translated “divine [or sacred] reading”) is an approach to the Scriptures that sets us up to listen for…

Are You Longing for More in Church?

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Eventually, someone looking for a church home will ask some variation of this question:  “So, what kind of church are…

Transformed Nonconformist: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Ruth Haley Barton |

The Transforming Center is closed today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his courageous leadership in championing…

Epiphany: Celebrating the Imperfect Journey

By Ruth Haley Barton |

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

I cannot imagine just how I did life before!

Tiptoeing Around the Edges of Burnout

By Transforming Center |

By Daniele Evans My Transforming Community (TC13) experience began with plenty excitement, anticipation and my soul tiptoeing around the edges…

Two Years Transforming: Forever Grateful

By Transforming Center |

By Nathan Albert For the last two years, I traveled to a monastery outside of Chicago every three months for…

stacked rocks

The Major Imperatives Within Mature Discipleship

By Ron Rolheiser, OMI |

“At a certain age our lives simplify and we need have only three phrases left in our spiritual vocabulary: Thank…

Practicing Relinquishment: The Enneagram Goes on Retreat 

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Every movement toward the humiliation of the false self, if we accept it, is a step toward freedom and inner…

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  • Reflections written for spiritual leaders delivered over 4 weeks each Saturday morning
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