Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership with Ruth Haley Barton
Bonus: Christmastide | Epiphany

Bonus: Christmastide | Epiphany

January 6, 2022

We have a special bonus episode for you today to mark Epiphany.

 

We dusted off our podcasting microphones to have a conversation about Epiphany. Epiphany celebrates the coming of the Magi to the manger to visit and worship the baby Jesus. In this discussion, Ruth and members of the Transforming Center staff discuss the mystery and meaning of Jesus choosing to come to earth in such an imperfect setting, what we took from the Magi’s story and the invitation to adventure and risk that God may be giving in the new year. Ruth closes with two poems that cap off these reflections and mark the end of the Christmas season.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Epiphany No. 16 by Kate Compston from Bread of Tomorrow: Prayers for the Church Year by Janet Morely

The Work of Christmas from The Mood of Christmas and Other Celebrations by Howard Thurman

Music credit:

Joy to the World from Christmastide Music in Solitude

A Light Unto My Path from Advent Music in Solitude

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Season 14: Advent Week 5 | Christmastide

Season 14: Advent Week 5 | Christmastide

December 20, 2021

This season we invite you to walk through Advent by engaging with the lectionary Scripture readings and listening for what God might want to say through them. In each episode, Ruth and members of the Transforming Center staff will read and reflect on the themes of Cycle C of the Revised Common Lectionary for Advent together.

 

For this last episode of our Advent season, we wanted to give all our listeners an opportunity to engage with a lectionary reading through the practice of Lectio Divina. Ruth shares some thoughts on Christmas as the culmination of the Advent season and then guides listeners through a Lectio Divina reading of John 1:1-5, 14 with the help of other staff members. We invite you to listen to this in a quiet space where you can make yourself fully present to God and respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

We are praying this is fruitful practice for you during this week leading up to Christmas.

 

Music credit:

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus from Advent Music in Solitude

Mary's Song of Praise from Advent Music in Solitude

 

This podcast season is designed to be a companion to this year’s updated Advent Reflections, “Come, Lord Jesus, Come: Walking Through the Advent Season Together, Year C.”  The Advent Bundle includes both the softcover and digital edition of the Advent Reflections and a set of 5 corresponding Advent Liturgies to print out and pray as a family or with others. It is available now in our online store.

 

This month, $10 Patrons receive a weekly guided audio Lectio Divina practice with one of the passages of scripture from the Revised Common Lectionary. Become a Patron today to receive these practices.

Interested in going further with your own spiritual transformation? We are still accepting applications for Transforming Community 18.

Season 14: Advent Week 4 | Saying Yes to God

Season 14: Advent Week 4 | Saying Yes to God

December 13, 2021

This season we invite you to walk through Advent by engaging with the lectionary Scripture readings and listening for what God might want to say through them. In each episode, Ruth and members of the Transforming Center staff will read and reflect on the themes of Cycle C of the Revised Common Lectionary for Advent together.

 

In this conversation, we discussed the prayers for and of indifference and how we are personally wrestling with them, particularly as we engage with the story of Mary and Elizabeth this week. Ruth uses another one of Drew Jackson’s poems to spark conversation about God’s practice of speaking through the disgraced and marginalized members of society.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

God Speaks Through Wombs by Drew Jackson

For more on discernment and the Prayer of Indifference see chapter 7 of Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton or Season 1 Episode 7 of the Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast, The Art and Practice of Spiritual Discernment.

 

Music credit:

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus from Advent Music in Solitude

Mary’s Song of Praise from Advent Music in Solitude

 

This podcast season is designed to be a companion to this year’s updated Advent Reflections, “Come, Lord Jesus, Come: Walking Through the Advent Season Together, Year C.”  The Advent Bundle includes both the softcover and digital edition of the Advent Reflections and a set of 5 corresponding Advent Liturgies to print out and pray as a family or with others. It is available now in our online store.

 

This month, $10 Patrons receive a weekly guided audio Lectio Divina practice with one of the passages of scripture from the Revised Common Lectionary. Become a Patron today to receive these practices.

 

Interested in going further with your own spiritual transformation? We are still accepting applications for Transforming Community 18

Season 14: Advent Week 3 | A Call to Repentance

Season 14: Advent Week 3 | A Call to Repentance

December 6, 2021

This season we invite you to walk through Advent by engaging with the lectionary Scripture readings and listening for what God might want to say through them. In each episode, Ruth and members of the Transforming Center staff will read and reflect on the themes of Cycle C of the Revised Common Lectionary for Advent together.

 

In this conversation, we discussed the invitation to repentance in this Advent season. Ruth reframes the idea of repentance as more than just confession and turning from sin but also a posture of openness towards the changing of one’s mind or ideas and the staff discusses what that stirred up in them and the hope they may or may not have in it. 

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Guerrillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle by Ted Loder 

How I Changed my Mind About Women in Leadership edited by Alan Johnson

 

Music credit:

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus from Advent Music in Solitude

Journey from Advent Music in Solitude

 

This podcast season is designed to be a companion to this year’s updated Advent Reflections, “Come, Lord Jesus, Come: Walking Through the Advent Season Together, Year C.”  The Advent Bundle includes both the softcover and digital edition of the Advent Reflections and a set of 5 corresponding Advent Liturgies to print out and pray as a family or with others. It is available now in our online store.

 

This month, $10 Patrons receive a weekly guided audio Lectio Divina practice with one of the passages of scripture from the Revised Common Lectionary. Become a Patron today to receive these practices.

Interested in going further with your own spiritual transformation? We are still accepting applications for Transforming Community 18.

Season 14: Advent Week 2 | Necessary Preparations

Season 14: Advent Week 2 | Necessary Preparations

November 29, 2021

This season we invite you to walk through Advent by engaging with the lectionary Scripture readings and listening for what God might want to say through them. In each episode, Ruth and members of the Transforming Center staff will read and reflect on the themes of Cycle C of the Revised Common Lectionary for Advent together.

 

In this conversation, we discuss what it looks like to “prepare” for Advent, particularly with regard to the “rough edges” that need to be smoothed to make way for the coming of Jesus and Ruth concludes with a poem called “The Waters of Insurrection.”

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Invitation to Silence and Solitude by Ruth Haley Barton

God Speaks Through Wombs by Drew Jackson

 

This podcast season is designed to be a companion to this year’s updated Advent Reflections, “Come, Lord Jesus, Come: Walking Through the Advent Season Together, Year C.”  The Advent Bundle includes both the softcover and digital edition of the Advent Reflections and a set of 5 corresponding Advent Liturgies to print out and pray as a family or with others. It is available now in our online store.

 

This month, patrons at all levels received a bonus conversation between the creator of the Advent Liturgies, Charity McClure, and podcast producer, Colleen Powell where they discussed their experience using these liturgies with their families. Become a Patron today to hear that conversation and all of our other bonus content.

Interested in going further with your own spiritual transformation? We are still accepting applications for Transforming Community 18.

Season 14: Advent Week 1 | The Darkness of Waiting

Season 14: Advent Week 1 | The Darkness of Waiting

November 22, 2021

This season we invite you to walk through Advent by engaging with the lectionary Scripture readings and listening for what God might want to say through them. In each episode, Ruth and members of the Transforming Center staff will read and reflect on the themes of Cycle C of the Revised Common Lectionary for Advent together.

 

In this conversation, we wondered what it looked like to “lift your soul to God” in the midst of so many difficult realities, how we bring our anger and despair to God, and Ruth’s practice of watching for the light each day. Ruth concluded with the poem “For the Darkness of Waiting” by Janet Morely. 

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Invitation to Silence and Solitude by Ruth Haley Barton

Bread of Tomorrow: Prayers for the Church Year by Janet Morely

This podcast season is designed to be a companion to this year’s updated Advent Reflections, “Come, Lord Jesus, Come: Walking Through the Advent Season Together, Year C.”  The Advent Bundle includes both the softcover and digital edition of the Advent Reflections and a set of 5 corresponding Advent Liturgies to print out and pray as a family or with others. It is available now in our online store.

This month, patrons at all levels received a bonus conversation between the creator of the Advent Liturgies, Charity McClure, and podcast producer, Colleen Powell where they discussed their experience using these liturgies with their families. Become a Patron today to hear that conversation and all of our other bonus content.

Advent 2021 Teaser

Advent 2021 Teaser

November 17, 2021

Season 14 of the podcast invites leaders to walk through Advent by engaging with the lectionary Scripture readings for the New Year of the church calendar and listening for what God might want to say to us through them. In each episode, Ruth will sit down with members of the Transforming Center staff to read and reflect on the themes of Cycle C of the Revised Common Lectionary for Advent. This podcast season is designed to be a companion to this year’s updated Advent Reflections, “Come, Lord Jesus, Come: Walking Through the Advent Season Together, Year C.”  The Advent Bundle includes both the softcover and digital edition of the Advent Reflections and a set of 5 corresponding Advent Liturgies to print out and pray as a family or with others. It is available now in our online store.

 

Patrons at all levels received a bonus conversation this month between the creator of the Advent Liturgies, Charity McClure, and podcast producer, Colleen Powell where they discussed their experience using these liturgies with their families. Become a Patron today to hear that conversation and all of our other bonus content.

 

Please join us when the new season of the podcast begins on November 22

BONUS: Ask Ruth #3 Excerpt

BONUS: Ask Ruth #3 Excerpt

October 7, 2021

BONUS: Ask Ruth #3 Excerpt

 

In this bonus episode, we want to share another excerpt from our most recent Ask Ruth episode.  Every month we release bonus content to our patrons through Patreon. In our Ask Ruth series, patrons get the opportunity to submit questions for Ruth to answer. Ask Ruth #3 covered questions specific to season 13 of The Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast | Invitations from God. In this excerpt, you can hear Ruth share what she thinks are the most important invitations for pastors to respond to right now.

 

The Ask Ruth series is available to patrons at both the $5 and $10 levels. Patrons at the $10 monthly level also receive regular Beyond the Episode content when the podcast is in season. These episodes take the conversations from The Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast to deeper and more personal places.

 

We would love for you to join us over on Patreon! You can go to our Patreon page to sign up to become a patron and support our podcast ministry.

BONUS: A Conversation about Becoming a Transforming Church

BONUS: A Conversation about Becoming a Transforming Church

September 23, 2021

In this special bonus episode, we are sharing a conversation with Biz Gainey, a pastor and long-time Transforming Community alum, about his experience leading a Transforming Church. The Becoming a Transforming Church Retreat has equipped him and his team to foster a community that gathers around the presence of Christ for the purpose of spiritual transformation so that they can discern and do the will of God. Biz shares the practices and disciplines his church uses for spiritual formation and how they have served him and his congregation in the midst of challenges facing many churches today.

 

If you are interested in attending the upcoming Becoming a Transforming Church retreat on November 1-3 find out more here.

 

To sign up and receive special promotional pricing exclusive for podcast listeners email podcast@transformingcenter.org

 

The Transforming Center exists to create space for God to strengthen leaders and transform communities. You are invited to join our next Transforming Community:® A Two-year Spiritual Formation Experience for Leaders.  Delivered in nine quarterly retreats, this practice-based learning opportunity is grounded in the conviction that the best thing you bring to leadership is your own transforming self!

Season 13: Episode 12  | Invitations from God: Invitation to the Most Excellent Way

Season 13: Episode 12 | Invitations from God: Invitation to the Most Excellent Way

September 8, 2021

On this last episode of season 13, listen as Ruth and Adele discuss God’s invitation to the most excellent way: love. Using 1 Corinthians 13 as a guide, they examine the counterfeits of love as well as love’s litmus tests.  We close with an opportunity to reflect on all the invitations covered in this season and ponder which one God might be nudging you to explore more deeply.

 

Mentioned in this episode: 

Invitations From God by Adele Calhoun

 

 

Support the podcast by joining our revamped patron program over on Patreon. Patrons will now also receive regular bonus content as well as opportunities to hear Ruth answer their questions. Become a patron today and support our podcast ministry.

 

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Music Credit:

Yesterday Today Forever: Music in Solitude CD (Available soon in our online store) 

 

The Transforming Center exists to create space for God to strengthen leaders and transform communities. You are invited to join our next Transforming Community:® A Two-year Spiritual Formation Experience for Leaders.  Delivered in nine quarterly retreats, this practice-based learning opportunity is grounded in the conviction that the best thing you bring to leadership is your own transforming self!  

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