In this episode, I talked with Ruth Haley Barton about how the season of Advent – the four weeks leading up to Christmas – helps us connect with our deepest longings for what needs to be made right in our own souls, and also in the world. I also announced that we’re releasing five exclusive Advent episodes which will only be available to Patreon supporters. Click here to become a Patreon supporter and get those bonus Advent episodes.
I’d also encourage you to check out Ruth’s podcast, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership. Each season features a conversation between me and Ruth surrounding the content of one of her books. If you’re a leader in any setting, this podcast is a great resource for you!
Ruth Haley Barton is the Founding President and CEO of the Transforming Center in Chicago, Illinois. She was trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the Loyola University Chicago Institute for Pastoral Studies, she is a seasoned spiritual director, teacher and retreat leader. She has served on the pastoral staff of several churches, is Professor of Spiritual Transformation at Northern Seminary, and the author of spiritual formation books and resources, including Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups (June, 2012), Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, Sacred Rhythms and Invitation to Solitude and Silence. For more information or to book Ruth to speak at an event, visit Ruth’s website.
The retreats, resources, and relationships the Transforming Center offers are designed to provide leaders with a safe place to be honest about the challenges of spiritual leadership, to experience rhythms of solitude, prayer, and community, and to deepen your understanding of leadership that flows from your transforming self. In everything they do, the Transforming Center seeks to be trustworthy, spacious, communal, practical, prophetic, and biblical.