Season 6: Episode 12 | In Returning to Rest You Shall Be Saved

February 6, 2019

Ruth begins by sharing just how important the rhythm of retreat has been for her life. What is the one thing that must be present in a retreat center. Ruth shares about the lifting power of retreat and why you don’t pull up the plant to see if the roots are growing. Now it is time to show up on retreat and let God show up. We end with God's invitation to us in Isaiah 30.

 

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Invitation to Retreat,Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community

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Ruth Haley Barton
Steve Wiens

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Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

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Season 6: Episode 11 | Remember the Signs

January 30, 2019

How do we return from retreat? In this episode we get some much needed counsel and a little help from Aslan. Ruth gives very practical advice on how to return home after a retreat. Are you a blurter? Some warning about sharing your retreat experience.

 

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Transforming Community

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Ruth Haley Barton
Steve Wiens

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Season 6: Episode 10 | Spiritual Freedom

January 23, 2019

Is it really possible? We begin by dealing with Steve’s resistance to the chapter title. Steve might or might not be having an existential crisis. Are you the responsible one? Maybe you can start with considering where you do have freedom. What are disordered and ordered attachments and how does it relate to spiritual freedom? Ruth concludes by sharing a beautiful poem she carries with her by David Whyte.

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Invitation to Retreat,Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community

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Ruth Haley Barton
Steve Wiens

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Season 6: Episode 9 | Invitation to Recalibrate

January 16, 2019

Often time on retreat there is sadness that takes one by surprise. Who do I want to be and how do I want to live so I can be who I want to be are important questions for recalibrating on retreat. What is the question Jesus wants to be with us on retreat? Jesus wants to interact with us about the questions we have. A full episode full of great invitations. You will want to create space to do the practice at the end of the episode.

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Invitation to RetreatRuth Haley Barton
Transforming Community
Sacred Rhythms,
 Ruth Haley Barton

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Ruth Haley Barton
Steve Wiens

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Season 6: Episode 8 | Space for Discernment

January 9, 2019

If you have gotten this far and are still wondering if a retreat is a necessary practice, we knock it out of the park with discussing Jesus’ pattern of retreat. Jesus utilizes retreat for discernment even though he knew everything. Ruth shares three categories of discernment that can be practiced on retreat. Settle the crazy down! Don’t miss the great discussion Ruth and Steve have about discernment as a relationship instead of as a transaction.  

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Invitation to Retreat,Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community

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Ruth Haley Barton
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Season 6: Episode 7 | Relinquishing False Self Patterns

January 2, 2019

We start with defining what is meant by false self patterns and where it fits into our spiritual journey. Ruth shares her perspective on the current popularity of the Enneagram right now. Just noticing is an important part of the journey of relinquishing. The good news is there are spiritual practices for each number on the enneagram and there are specific ways you can approach retreat based on your enneagram number. We end with some helpful advice on how to approach the enneagram to help you utilize it for your transformation.

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Invitation to Retreat,Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community
Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation,  
M. Robert Mulholland Jr.

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Ruth Haley Barton
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Season 6: Episode 6 | Letting Go of Your Grip

December 26, 2018

Steve has control issues even if surrender is one of the major movements of the spiritual life. Retreat is a powerful tool to practice surrender. Could your absence from those you love while on retreat be a ministry? Ruth discusses the ministry of absence. Ruth also shares a personal story about her daughter, and how being away on retreat was an opportunity for God to care for those she loved.

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Invitation to Retreat, Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community

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Ruth Haley Barton
Steve Wiens

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Season 6: Episode 5 | Sweet Hours of Prayer

December 19, 2018

Fixed hour of prayer. It is as simple as praying at fixed hours of the day. It is about reorienting ourselves to God. Ruth shares the four prayer movements that are used in the Transforming Community experience at the Transforming Center. Whether this is new or you have written this practice off as too rote, you're invited to pray these prayers as if you really mean them.

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Invitation to Retreat, Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community

Iona Abby Worship Book
Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today, Scot Mcknight

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Season 6: Episode 4 | Finding Your Rhythm on Retreat

December 12, 2018
Human beings are made with rhythms and for rhythms. A beautiful conversation ensues about the beauty of rhythms, and how to find and recognize rhythms. In the Christian tradition tears are always a gift. Ruth provides a great encouragement to let the tears come. We end this episode with Ruth sharing a personal story of how the rhythm of retreat opened up space for God to speak to her.

Go deeper with this content and purchase Ruth's newest book, Invitation to Retreat: The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God.

Mentioned in this podcast:
Invitation to Retreat, Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community

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Music in Solitude Ruth Haley Barton Steve Wiens

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Season 6: Episode 3 | The Sources of our Exhaustion

December 5, 2018

Are you living out of external expectations instead of God’s calling on your life? Learn more about common sources of exhaustion. Could it be that our desire to serve is more about staying in control? Ruth names some of her own sources of exhaustion. Go deeper with this content and purchase Ruth's newest book, Invitation to Retreat:The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God.

Mentioned in this podcast:
Invitation to Retreat, Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community

Exploring Further:
Music in Solitude Ruth Haley Barton Steve Wiens

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