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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…

Clare Loughrige

Unfinished Business: Staying on the Journey

By Rev. Clare Loughrige |

Continuing the story of Transforming Community: The launch of Transforming Community 3 marked significant growth in the number of participants but also in…

A Good Gift: Experiencing Transformation in Community

By Scott Bolinder |

Continuing the story of Transforming Community: The launch of Transforming Community 3 marked significant growth in the number of participants but also in…

An Act of Discipleship: Walking with Christ through Holy Week

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Guidance on using the lectionary. “It is not the act of a good disciple to flee from the cross in…

Lent-2017

Observing Lent: Seeing What We’re Missing

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Lectionary readings for Fourth Sunday of Lent Cycle A: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 Guidance on…

Story from the second Transforming Community

Finding My Voice: Experiencing Transformation in Community

By Doug Calhoun |

Continuing the story of Transforming Community: After Transforming Community #1 (TC 1) concluded, there was a sense that others might…

Tom Boyle shares the impact of his Transforming Community experience

A Heart of Stone to a Heart of Flesh: Experiencing Transformation in Community

By Tom Boyle |

Editor’s Note: As part of our 15-year anniversary celebration we are sharing stories and testimonies from each completed Transforming Community to…

Ash-Wednesday-Lent

Returning to God with All Our Hearts: Preparing for a Holy Lent

By Ruth Haley Barton |

Lectionary readings for Ash Wednesday Cycle A: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; II Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 and Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Guidance…

Transforming Resources: Lent seasonal books and CDs

A Leader’s Guide to Planning for Lent and Easter

By Transforming Center |

The seasons of the church year are meant to teach us essential truths of the spiritual life. Beyond mere information…

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