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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.

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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…

The Practice of Keeping Vigil

By Ruth Haley Barton |

“Who can stay awake in this night of God? Who will not be as if paralyzed by it? Christ’s struggle was with God. This was his real agony. He overcame…

Staying Awake During Holy Week

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Lectionary readings and guidance on using the lectionary Good Friday: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18:1-19:42 “Stay together, friends, don’t scatter and…

Join a worldwide prayer vigil on Good Friday 2018

By Ruth Haley Barton |

For many years we have hosted a Stations of the Cross prayer service on Good Friday as a way of…

Lent: Dying That We Might Live

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Lectionary readings and guidance on using the lectionary “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and…

ash wednesday and Lent

Love, Lent, and Leadership: Fashioning Your Own Wilderness

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Lectionary readings and guidance on using the lectionary Ash Wednesday: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6,…

Epiphany: Who am I now?

By Transforming Center |

Guidance on using the lectionary. Lectionary readings for January 7, 2018: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12…

Phil Jackson

What Happens After 30 Years of Being on Call 24/7/365

By Transforming Center |

Phil Jackson has served full time in urban ministry to youth for thirty years. He is currently a church planter and the lead…

Fall Garden

By Ruth Haley Barton |

In fall the garden is spent having given its all. Cucumber vines lie exhausted on the ground Tomato plants list…

Spiritual Direction (Part 2): A Key Practice for Transforming Leaders

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Part One of this eReflections series can be found here. “There is a temptation to think that spiritual direction is…


Pay attention to the soul of your leadership with a FREE series written by Ruth Haley Barton

  • 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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