Lincoln’s Eloquent and Transcendent Leadership, By David Stern, Ph.D.

A large part of Lincoln’s greatness as a leader came from his genius for poetic language that communicates important ideas and morals. He grew up in a nation in which ending slavery was not possible by any visible means, since it was enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. The Civil War itself helped end slavery more quickly than could otherwise have been done, as Lincoln’s peaceful efforts to offer compensated freeing of slaves were mostly rejected. It was a most difficult and treacherous path that Lincoln had to walk to accomplish the emancipation of the slaves. He had a keen understanding of the obstacles and risks he faced, and thus applied great caution to how far he would go until he could move on ending slavery. He understood the importance of waiting for the right time to accomplish his goals.

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Joanie Clingan
Transcendent Leadership: The Art of Partnering with God [Part 1], By Vincent Dupont

The primary on-the-ground experience that I’ve had with leadership has been in the context of my service on MSIA staff. Through this, I’ve had both the opportunity to be in leadership role, and also observe a lot of what leadership looks like. Certainly, J-R’s leadership was a wonderful role model. It has been through experience, through observation of others and myself, that I have had an ongoing process of learning. I’m not necessarily in a hurry to try to sum it up, or distill it to a few key things. It’s still evolving, and a process of discovery.

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Joanie Clingan
Synchronous Creativity and Transcendent Leadership, By Robert Waterman, Ed.D.

There are certain ways that we’re made, and all this work we are doing with transcendent leadership is to take advantage of that and to cultivate that. For me anyway, it has taken getting a lot of ideas out of the way. The guiding principle of creation is that love will have its way. The way we coordinate our lives with that principle is to use everything to transform ourselves into loving. As we fully open our hearts to all, we enter a synchronous harmony with the heart of all.

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Joanie Clingan
Gifts of Transcendent Leadership, By the Transcendent Leadership Students and Faculty [Reflections and Photos of the Spring 2019 Residency in California]

The first cohort of students in the PTS master’s program in Transcendent Leadership came together for our spring residency at the end of March. We were treated to wonderful guest and faculty presentations, and we shared our own magical stories as heroes and heroines. Our creative imaginations opened into full expression, as we created group myths, integrated our learnings so far in the program, and became one with many names.


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Joanie Clingan
Light, Shadow, and Transcendent Leadership in the Traveler’s Mystery School, By Andrée Leighton, Ph.D. and Linda Whitaker, Ph.D.

One of the innovative aspects of the TL program is that students can participate in various ways, choosing a level of participation that serves their preferences and needs. Students who are engaged on a weekly basis in each course’s online space can earn either the MSS or a PEACE Certificate. Students may also come for the magic of PTS’s Peace Awareness Experience that we know so well from PATs and retreats, without completing written assignments. Whatever a student chooses, the entire program is sourced and flowing from the mystery school of the Traveler and PTS.

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Joanie Clingan
Transcendent Leadership in Joyful Presence, By the Transcendent Leadership Students and Faculty [Reflections and Photos of the Fall 2018 Residency in California]

The first cohort of PTS’s new MSS program in Transcendent Leadership spent five days together in California this November (2018). Our beautiful cohort gathered from around the US, Canada, South America, France, and Australia to connect in the sacred and powerful energy of this program that is designed to produce a collaborative and supportive learning experience.

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Joanie Clingan
Highlights from the Transcendent Leadership Orientation in California, By David Whitaker, MFA [Reflections and Photos]

Orientation marked the official launch of the new MSS in Transcendent Leadership (TL) program offered by Peace Theological Seminary and College of Philosophy (PTS) — a historic event for PTS as its first new program since the creation of the foundational MSS and DSS programs under the guidance of John-Roger decades ago. The TL program is blessed as the first program introduced with the guidance and support of John Morton as Traveler.

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Joanie Clingan
A Special Message About Transcendent Leadership from John Morton, DSS

I do consider that Spirit has charged the program. That’s my experience of it. There is something that hasn’t been done before—the way I spoke about it as God incarnate. We already have that potential. Why don’t we just take it on and see what we would do to allow that to happen so that we are what the Spirit would do in manifestation? I just look at that as what Jesus was talking about: “This too you shall do and greater.” Okay, here’s a program.

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Joanie Clingan
Transcendent Leadership Faculty Retreat--Sharing with John Morton, By the Program Faculty

I say yes inside. I didn’t necessarily know what that looked like from the beginning. I’m here to listen within and to participate in any way I can. I find myself stepping up more in that. I love that point of receiving the information, that moment of grace, of loving, of spirit. I love being very clear and present with what’s in that loving, so I’m here with all of you and I’m grateful. This is fun! It’s uplifting and joyful. I’m here to share in the loving. Besides, I love an adventure. I love what you said in the beginning, John, about just getting started. It’s a new beginning. I like the idea of allowing past education to fall away and being present now with what is. I’m grateful for that.

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Joanie Clingan
Transcendent Leadership, By John Morton, DSS

I certainly have been called forward in what I would consider a form of Transcendent Leadership in this work of the Traveler. I do consider that I am also here at the pleasure of the Traveler. That’s my life. It’s “Lord, what would you have me do?” That’s one of my common prayers. We have an opportunity here in the seminary to learn how to apply ourselves into Soul consciousness, spiritual consciousness, loving consciousness. Our purpose in MSIA is Soul Transcendence so if we were doing Transcendent Leadership, would that be Soul transcendent leadership? I hope so.

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Joanie Clingan