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Rev. Rosemary is hosting a book study on the Anatomy of Peace – Resolving the Heart of Conflict by The Arbinger Institute. This was the recommended reading by Bishop Bob Hoshibata for this year’s Desert Southwest Annual Conference.

We’ll be offering this 12-week (1.5 hour) class twice a week, so that you have two chances to join in the discussion each week on Sundays & Thursdays.

Sundays class started on Sept. 23rd from 11-12:30pm, but there is still time to join and catch up. Books will be available to purchase for $10. If you would like to join Sunday’s group or Thursday’s  group, please contact the church office.

Read more about the book here:    


Bringing the Anatomy of Peace Beyond Our Walls

The Adult Sunday School class at Tempe First had just concluded their discussion of Chapters 3 & 4 of The Anatomy of Peace as the tension and struggle over Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings came to a peak. 

As this was discussed in class, someone said, “Wouldn’t it be great to send copies of Anatomy of Peace to every member of Congress? To have a copy at each of their seats when they reconvene their next session?” Someone said, “Well, how about we start closer to home and have copies at each seat of our city council at their next session? Get it to the Mayor.”

As we discussed this further, we decided to start at home, yes, at our Tempe Community Council, as well as have copies of the book at every seat of our
AZ State Legislature. This means, to equip our State Legislature with 90 books at a cost of $10 each, by January 14, 2019.

Members of this class, led by Rev. Rosemary Anderson, wonder how many other churches have led studies on The Anatomy of Peace. Would those
groups be interested in joining in with this project? If this goes well, we will discuss extending the project, to have copies for Congress!

The members of the discussion class believe this action would benefit our state and country by introducing our leaders to the beneficial concepts
of civil discussion, what we, in the United Methodist Church call “Holy Conferencing.” We are tired of the hateful rhetoric, anger, and bullying at all levels of leadership of our country. We want to lend our voice and action to further transformation in our state and country for God, in the name of Jesus Christ! Please prayerfully consider joining us.


Project Update

The Anatomy of Peace project. We have 35/90 books funded so far!

The Anatomy of Peace Discussion Class intends to finish the book before Christmas. Participants should plan to discuss four chapters on Sunday, December 2nd (Chapters 17-20), and the remaining four chapters on December 9. If we don’t complete these chapters as planned, we still have the 16th to finish up!