Saturday, February 1, 2003

Faith Matters

Beauty from the inside out

By Karen Vance
Enquirer contributor

WEST CHESTER - "We need to measure ourselves against the image of Christ and not the image we see in a mirror," says 16-year-old Liz Taylor of West Chester.

Getting that message across to more than 100 Cincinnati-area teenage girls is Liz's hope for a daylong seminar next weekend at one Tristate church.

Liz, a junior at Middletown Christian School, will speak as part of the BABE Seminar hosted by Crestview Presbyterian Church, 9463 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, West Chester, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8.

The BABE Seminar, which stands for Beautiful, Accepted, Blessed and Eternally Significant, is the brainchild of Andrea Stephens, a former fashion model and current beauty editor and columnist for BRIO magazine.

BRIO is a publication of the nonprofit organization Focus on the Family, geared toward teenage girls like Liz, one of four finalists to be the "BRIO Girl," a position as a guest columnist for a year.

The BABE Seminar is designed to help teenage girls improve their self-esteem and seek a greater connection with God, Stephens said.

"I want them to come away feeling really excited about who God created them to be," she said. "Beauty is not all about our hips and our hairdos. It's about our hearts. It's about who we are inside."

Stephens will talk about topics like "Learning to Love your Look," "Passionate 'bout Purity," and "Unbelievably Beautiful ... from the Inside Out." The seminar will also include a brief fashion show of Aeropostale clothing.

The event registration is $15 and includes lunch, a workbook and door prizes. For more information or to register, visit or call 777-6555.

On Feb. 7, Stephens will also present an event for adult women called "Beauty for a Lifetime." That event, from 7 to 9 p.m., is free and includes dessert. An RSVP is requested.

For more information about the BABE Seminar, visit BRIO magazine is also online at

Bringing up boys

The Dayspring Church, 1060 Smiley Ave., Forest Park, is offering a 13-week video course every Sunday evening, beginning this Sunday at 6 p.m. on raising boys.

The class features the video Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson.

The class will be offered again on Sunday mornings for 13 weeks at 9:30 a.m. beginning March 2. For more information, call 825-2545.

Catholic TV program

What Catholics Believe, a weekly television program designed to educate people about Catholicism, airs on Time-Warner Cable Channel 2 at 5:30 p.m. every Sunday. The show features Father William Jenkins of the Immaculate Conception Church, 2310 Robertson Ave., Norwood.

Welcome mat is out

New to the area?

Montgomery Community Baptist Church, 11251 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, is sponsoring a class for women at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays designed to make it easier for newcomers to get to know the Cincinnati area.

For more information call 489-0892.

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