Saturday, August 24, 2002

Faith matters

Readings related to modern day

By Karen Vance,
Enquirer contributor

        For some, reading the Bible from beginning to end is an intimidating prospect.

        The Rev. Brian Buriff, associate pastor of the Winton Road First Church of God in Fairfield, is hoping his daily devotional, Serenity for the Soul, with daily scripture from Genesis to Revelations, will make it more accessible.

        “I just wanted something practical, relevant, to keep you in touch with the Bible,” the Rev. Mr. Buriff said.

        “I hope (the readers) will feel more reconnected with God and reconnected with the Bible and discover that the Bible is not some dusty old book, but relevant to everyday life.”

        Readings are related to debt, retirement, dating, sex and other modern life issues.

        The Rev. Mr. Buriff, who studied at Anderson University, earning

        an M.A. in counseling and a master of divinity degree, has been a minister for 20 years and has been mulling ideas for a devotional his whole life.

        In the last year, he concentrated on the work, and last Saturday he launched the book at the Church of God's Family Friendly Fun Festival, selling nearly 300 copies.

        “We're very excited about the launch of the book. It did very well at the festival,” Rev. Buriff said.

        All the profits from the sale of the book at the festival benefited the First Church of God and its choir.

        The devotional is available online at or by calling (800) 537-1030; it's $17.95.

        The book can also be ordered through a choir member at the church for $14.95, and the choir receives $4.

Temple Sholom principal

        Valerie Habib has taken over as religious school principal at Temple Sholom for the upcoming school year.

        Ms. Habib has been an educator in New York and Cincinnati for more than 16 years and was the founding director and teacher of the Temple Israel of Northern Westchester preschool.

        Before coming to Temple Sholom, she was a teacher at the Yavneh Day School.

        If you would like information regarding registration at Temple Sholom Religious School, please phone the Temple office at 791-1330.

Talking to the dead?

        Does the television show Crossing Over with John Edwards fascinate you?

        Well, one church is hosting a series of classes to explore the question of after-death communication and the history of spiritualism.

        The United Spiritualists of the Christ Light Church, the only Spiritualist church in Cincinnati, is offering classes on the Fundamentals of Mediumship. Modern Spiritualism was founded in 1848 based on the belief in life after death and the ability to communicate with the dead.

        The church members also believe that a life energy can be focused to enhance physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing.

        The class, which runs for six weeks beginning this Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church, will explore mediumship, after-death communication and the history of Spiritualism and will be taught by the pastor of the church, Rev. Daniel Dunham.

        The registration cost is $75. More information is available by calling Rev. Rose Vanden Eynden, director of education at the church at 128 E. Broadway in Loveland, at (513) 683-4926.

        For more religion listings, check out, keyword: events. Send religion news to Karen Vance, e-mail, or fax 755-4150.



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