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Conflict and Communion

Conflict and Communion

Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ's Table  

by Thomas Porter
Clergy & Laity

In this broken world, community is rare. Sadly, this is sometimes true even in the church.

Conflict confronts us in just about every corner of our lives — from personal to familial, from congregational to denominational, from national to international. "We desire community but so often react out of brokenness," writes one reviewer, "Conflict and Communion points to the Lord's Table as the place where true harmony can be experienced."

Porter sets the stage for the book by naming the conflicts that were present at the Last Supper — conflicts among the disciples, conflicts among those in authority.

Then as now, the Eucharist and its spiritual power propels much-needed transformation in individuals and in congregations to heal our greatest needs. The 10 essays, written by a diverse group of church leaders, reflect on practical ways to live the sacrament in the everyday and extraordinary life of congregations.

Contributors include:

  • William Everett
  • Gayle Carlton Felton
  • Larry Goodpaster
  • Marjorie Thompson
  • Peter Storey
  • Thomas Porter
  • Marcia McFee
  • Jan Love
  • Stephanie Hixson
  • David Hooker

Reclaim the radical restorative justice and interdependent community available through the Table of Holy Communion. As the editor writes, "Through the practice of reconciliation empowered by the liturgy of Holy Communion, we hope that the Table will become for all of us and for our world a source of healing, transformed life, reconciled relationships, with God and with one another."

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-88177-478-8
Publisher: The Upper Room
Imprint: Discipleship Resources
Publication Date: 05/01/2006
Pages: 136
Dimensions: 9.0000 x 6.0000 x 0.2910

Thomas Porter is an attorney, a teacher, and a United Methodist clergyperson who focuses on conflict transformation. He lives in the Boston area.


Conflict and Communion presents the community shaping and life transforming benefits of table gatherings. Communion has the power to move people into faithful lives. Restoration, discernment, and confrontation with injustice, as the truth is spoken in love all can occur at table."

— Philip Amerson
President, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

"As a Catholic theologian intent on understanding and validating the Eucharistic faith and practice of other Christians, this book is a treasure. Its depiction of Methodist worship brought to situations of conflict witnesses, in its immersion in the healing life and work of Christ the reconciler, to the faith we share in the Lord’s true presence among us in our greatest needs."

— Raymond G. Helmick
S.J., Boston College

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