Roundtable Worship – A Reflective Guide (pdf)


Roundtable Worship is a brief introduction to the practices and underlying concepts of a form of worship that places reconciliation and restorative justice at its center.  It draws on the seven-year experiences of a worship group shaped by principles of restorative justice and circle conversations cultivated by JustPeace, the United Methodist Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation. It is conceived as a companion piece to the newly released book by Thomas Porter, The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation: Creating a Culture of JustPeace (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2010). It is a compact resource for pastors, worship leaders, teachers of spiritual formation, and religious leaders involved in conflict transformation and mediation.

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About the Author

bill-100William Johnson Everett taught Christian Social Ethics for over thirty years at St. Francis Seminary, Emory University, and Andover Newton Theological School before retiring in 2001 to focus on writing, woodworking, and worship design informed by restorative justice principles. His earlier book, The Politics of Worship (United Church Press, 1999) lay the groundwork for the development of roundtable worship. His “eco-historical” novel, Red Clay, Blood River: An Earth Story, weaves together stories about the Cherokee Trail of Tears and South Africa’s Great Trek to explore issues of reconciliation and restorative justice. His worship furniture can be seen in the Boston area and in western North Carolina, where he now resides with his wife Sylvia, an artist and designer of worship settings. (For further information visit and

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