New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Conflict and Communion

Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ's Table

Thomas Porter • May 2006

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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."

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

ISBN: 978-0-88177-478-8

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: May 2006

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 128

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Pastoral Resources

BISAC1: REL074000

BISAC2: REL055020

BISAC3: REL109000

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

Books by Thomas Porter