Saturday, June 01, 2002

Faith Matters

Alliance helps in healing

        Sometimes pastors don't have all the tools they need to help their church members heal.

        Enter the Faith Community Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.

        Bishop Dwight Wilkins at Macedonia Living Word Fellowship in Springdale and the Rev. Ray McMillan of Faith Christian Center in Forest Park spearheaded efforts two years ago to establish the alliance.

        Its vision: To help people cope and recover from addictions with Christian professionals and principles.

        Twenty-five Christian congregations now support the efforts, along with several non-profit addiction groups. Hamilton County Community Action Agency provides some funding for the alliance.

        Next week, the group hosts its second annual Addiction Summit, called “Setting the Captives Free.” The two-day program offers an array of workshops on issues such as gambling, sexual addictions, understanding emotional eating and intervention approaches.

        The program is geared for clergy, congregational leaders, counselors and people suffering from addictions.

        At the same time, the alliance is holding a conference for children in grades K-12.

        The free event kicks off Friday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road. It continues at the church June 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes a free lunch.

        For more information, contact Bob Carter, 513-226-3550.

We need your help!

        At the end of this month, more than 200,000 are expected to travel to Paul Brown Stadium to hear one of the world's most famous evangelists.

        The Rev. Billy Graham is slated to speak each night of the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Billy Graham Mission, from June 27-30.

        We want to hear from you. What is the appeal of the Rev. Dr. Graham? Do you remember watching him on TV as a child? Did you attend the 1977 crusade in Cincinnati — or others across the country?

        Let us hear from you. E-mail responses to; Write to Graham Memories, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester, Ohio, 45069; Fax 513-755-4150.

        Please include your name and daytime phone number.

Seminary review

        The Athenaeum of Ohio-Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Mount Washington also wants to hear from you.

        The Roman Catholic graduate school and seminary is preparing for its periodic evaluation by the regional accrediting agency.

        Accredited since 1959, the school invites the public to submit letters about the institution or its quality of academic programs.

        Send letters to: Public Comment on the Athenaeum of Ohio, Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, Ill., 60602.

        Comments must be signed and may not be confidential. Deadline: Aug. 30, 2002.

        For more religion listings, check out, keyword: events. E-mail or call 755-4144.


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