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The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation

The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation

Creating a Culture of Justpeace  

by Thomas Porter
Clergy & Laity

Transforming conflict into a positive rather than a negative force is a spiritual pursuit and needs to be grounded in biblical principles: love of God, neighbor, and self. This book is a resource for leaders, ministers, mediators, facilitators, and conflict transformation consultants who want to approach the work in this way. Part 1 explains how we can prepare ourselves for the work of engaging conflict. Part 2 explores how we engage others in conflict transformation, outlining specific processes. Interwoven with the practical instructions are stories that illustrate the potential for this new "justpeace" approach.

The Leader's Guide, Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution can be found by clicking here.

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-8358-1026-5
Publisher: The Upper Room
Imprint: Upper Room Books
Publication Date: 07/01/2010
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 9.0000 x 6.0000 x 0.3460

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


This is one of those books that you read and then have to sit back or curl up in a ball and “be still and know.” In these honest, tear-stained pages are clear signs that there is a “Hound of Heaven” hunting us down . . . this Spirit that is stalking us with love, winking at us with miracles, tickling us with grace, subverting everything that could destroy us, and whispering in our ears that we are truly beloved.
Shane Claiborne
Author, activist, recovering sinner

Okoro's story about one woman's yearning for holy community with God and others is jazzy, bitingly funny, wistful, and poignant. It is terrifyingly honest and, above all else, very beautiful.
Phyllis Tickle
General Editor, The Seven Ancient Practices Series

If indeed it is the truth that sets us free, this book's honest account of life in and out of the community clled church has power to liberate a generatioin desperate for authentic relationship. Enuma is the real deal. Follow her to freedom.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Author, speaker, and new monastic

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