Tom Porter is a trial lawyer, mediator, teacher, and a minister in the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is a lecturer at Boston University School of Theology, where he directs a program in Religion and Conflict Transformation. From 2000–2013, he worked for the JUSTPEACE Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation in The United Methodist Church.
Porter teaches courses in peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and restorative justice both in the school of theology and the law school. He works at the intersection of law and religion. His work is focused on discovering, creating, and supporting cultures and practices of JustPeace.
In addition to degrees from Yale University, Union Theological Seminary, and the Boston University School of Law, Tom has studied at Harvard Law School and Eastern Mennonite University. He is the editor of Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table (Discipleship Resources, 2006), author of The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation: Creating a Culture of JustPeace (Upper Room Books, 2010), and coauthor of The Journey: Forgiveness, Restorative Justice, and Reconciliation.