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3 minutes reading time (522 words)

Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Grp reading "Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White"

The Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Small Group is engaged in a 9-week study of Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White by Adam Hamilton. The group meets at 6:00a at Panera Bread Company on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Facilitated by Pr. Peter and Intern Pastor Taran, each session begins with prayer and ends when the first participant leaves for work, usually around 7:05-7:10a. Newcomers and guests are always welcomed and may pop in any week.

Pr. Peter has been buying used copies of "Seeing Gray" throughout the summer. Book's are available at the front office of the church.

September is a perfect time to jump in, try it on, and discover how once-a-week prayer and study can enhance your spiritual life. The Tuesday Morning Small Group is always open to newcomers and guests. If you are a first-time guest, your breakfast is on Pr. Peter!

Synopsis of "Seeing Gray"
Everyone agrees that America is polarized, with ever-hardening positions held by people less and less willing to listen to one another. No one agrees on what to do about it.

One solution that hasn't yet been tried, says Adam Hamilton, is for thinking persons of faith to model for the rest of the country a richer, more thoughtful conversation on the political, moral, and religious issues that divide us. Hamilton rejects the easy assumptions and sloppy analysis of black and white thinking, seeking instead the truth that resides on all sides of the issues, and offering a faithful and compassionate way forward.

He writes, "I don't expect you to agree with everything I've written. I expect that in the future even I won't agree with everything I've written here. The point is not to get you to agree with me, but to encourage you to think about what you believe. In the end I will be inviting those of you who find this book resonates with what you feel is true, to join the movement to pursue a middle way between the left and the right - to make your voices heard - and to model for our nation and for the church, how we can listen, learn, see truth as multi-sided, and love those with whom we disagree."

About the Author
Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamilton's congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and he preached at the National Prayer Service as part of the presidential inauguration festivities in 2013. Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winning author of The Journey, The Way, 24 Hours that Changed the World, Enough, When Christians Get it Wrong, and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press.

Reading Schedule for
Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White
by Adam Hamilton

Sept. 3
Pages 3-34

Sept. 10
Page 35-58

Sept. 17
Pages 59-88

Sept. 24
Pages 89-120

Oct. 1
Pages 121-146

Oct. 8
Pages 147-164

Oct. 15
Page 165-188

Oct. 22
Pages 189-210

Oct. 29
Pages 211-236

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