Season 9

Ruth and Friends: “Conversations on Spiritual Transformation and…”

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Ruth and Friends: “Conversations on Spiritual Transformation and… is the title of season 9 of the Strengthening the Soul of Leadership podcast. In each episode Ruth invites leaders with diverse callings and expertise to dialogue and explore how spiritual transformation intersects with some of the most significant topics of this time.

Season 9: Episode 1 | The Struggle to Get our Lives Together

February 25, 2020

“The human soul is like a fine wine that needs to ferment in various barrels as it ages and mellows…Growing up and maturing is precisely a process of fermentation.  It does not happen easily, without effort and without breakdown.  But it happens almost despite us, because such is the effect of a conspiracy between God…

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Season 9: Episode 2 | The Struggle to Give our Lives Away

March 3, 2020

“The human soul is like a fine wine that needs to ferment in various barrels as it ages and mellows…Growing up and maturing is precisely a process of fermentation.  It does not happen easily, without effort and without breakdown.  But it happens almost despite us, because such is the effect of a conspiracy between God…

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Season 9: Episode 3 | The Struggle to Give our Deaths Away

March 10, 2020

The third-part of Ruth’s conversation with author Fr. Ronald Rolheiser is a thought provoking discussion of  the third stage of discipleship – giving our deaths away. How can we give something deep in our passivity like Jesus did in his passion? A fascinating dialogue about dying and the spiritual journey.  Ruth shares with us what her mother taught her…

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Season 9: Episode 4 | Spiritual Transformation and Money

March 17, 2020

A conversation for those who have money and those who feel they don’t have enough money. Our relationship with money reveals what we are placing our trust in. Sadly even in most Christian families there is a disconnect between our spiritual life and money. In episode 4 Ruth is joined by Todd Harper, President of Generous…

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Season 9: Episode 5 | Spiritual Transformation and Sexuality

March 24, 2020

A great conversation with long-time friend Steve Wiens, pastor of Genesis Covenant Church, about sexuality and gender that will surprisingly leave you encouraged. Ruth defines spirituality, sexuality, sex, gender and asks the question: How can we redeem our sexuality?  We need to do the work of #metoo #churchtoo, but there is hope on the other…

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Season 9: BONUS EPISODE | Listening and Responding to God Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis

March 31, 2020

The enormous response to Ruth’s blog post last week led to Ruth Haley Barton and Steve Wiens, pastor of Genesis Covenant Church, recording a bonus podcast episode for pastors and Christian leaders addressing the corona virus pandemic. SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES You can also access podcast on Google Play or Stitcher. Listen to other episodes from…

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Season 9: Good Friday BONUS EPISODE | Experiencing the Stations of the Cross

April 7, 2020

A custom of our Christian tradition is to keep vigil with Christ at different times and in different ways during Holy Week. One of the places from which we draw this custom is Jesus’ request to his disciples to keep watch while he prayed and agonized in the Garden of Gethsemane. We also know that there were those…

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Season 9: Episode 6 | Spiritual Transformation and Family Systems (Part 1)

April 22, 2020

Church leaders seldom crash and burn because they fail at preaching or ministering. Christian leaders often burn out because they don’t know how to manage themselves and what they’re experiencing. In the first episode of a two-part conversation we lay the groundwork for understanding how human relationships work and our part in those relationships referencing the eight concepts…

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Season 9: Episode 7 | Spiritual Transformation and Family Systems (Part 2)

April 29, 2020

Church leaders seldom crash and burn because they fail at preaching or ministering. Christian leaders often burn out because they don’t know how to manage themselves and what they’re experiencing. In the second episode of a two-part conversation we lay the groundwork for understanding how human relationships work and our part in those relationships referencing the eight concepts…

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Season 9: Episode 8 | Spiritual Transformation and Practice-based Faith

May 6, 2020

Ruth is joined by Aaron Niequest long-time friend (alumn of TC9) who has also served as worship leader in some Transforming Community® communities. Ruth and Aaron have a rich discussion about practice based faith and worship. Since they both were raised in the Plymouth Brethren tradition, they share what they believe is the best contribution this…

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Season 9: Episode 9 | Spiritual Transformation and Psychology

May 19, 2020

What happens when you record a podcast and the lawn service is working very hard outside your window? Find out on today’s podcast! We will also discuss the integration of psychology and spirituality – an important topic for spiritual leaders. Leaders can fall into the trap of over spiritualizing in order to avoid doing the…

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Season 9: Episode 10 | Spiritual Transformation For the Sake of Others

May 27, 2020

What is spiritual transformation—really? How can we move from the false self to the true self in Christ? Is it possible to talk about sin without being judgmental? What is the relationship between personal spiritual formation and our mission in the world? Listen in as Robert Mulholland and Ruth Haley Barton discuss these questions and…

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