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Faith Briefs 01/26/2013

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Spiritual autobiography classes planned at library

Author Dan Wakefield’s book “The Story of Your Life: Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography” won acclaim from Madeline L’Engle, the celebrated author of the classic “A Wrinkle in Time.”

L’Engle thought Wakefield’s instruction could help people “become more aware of their own journeys,” as she put it.

That’s part of the idea behind the free, six-week Spiritual Autobiography Series beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Bartholomew County Public Library. The curriculum is based on the book by Wakefield, who spoke Tuesday about longtime friend and fellow writer Kurt Vonnegut at the library.

Classes will meet from 7 to 8:45 p.m. each of the following five Wednesdays.

Participants, who need not be accustomed to writing, will use drawing and writing exercises to explore the ways in which they have developed spiritually. Briefly written spiritual autobiographies will be one outcome.

Participants’ work will not be evaluated. They will have opportunities to share thoughts, drawings and writings with the other participants, for the purpose of deeper understanding of their spiritual journeys.

Registration is available online at Participants should plan to attend all six sessions. Facilitators are Kris Medic and Rachel Stewart.

Information: Kris Medic, 376-6379 or

Financial Peace University classes at area churches

Those enrolling in the biblically based DVD class of financial guru Dave Ramsey are learning plenty of dollars and sense — enough to save an average of $2,700 in the first three months after completing the informal course.

Those are figures from Ramsey’s international ministry meant to help people save, build wealth and give to charity.

Financial Peace University classes are scheduled at:

6 p.m. Monday at Jennings County United Church of Christ, 502 Hoosier St., North Vernon.

6 p.m. Feb. 2 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 16270 S. County Road 300W. Information and registration: Phil Burbrink, 342-3516.

6 p.m. Feb. 4 at Fairlawn Presbyterian Church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. Information and registration: Eric Brunn, 372-3882.

6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Community Church of Columbus, 3850 N. Marr Road. Information: Lindsay Jones, 376-9478.

Since its inception in 1994, Financial Peace University has reached more than 1.5 million families with what it calls “common sense principles and small-group accountability.”

Statistics show that, following the class, nearly 94 percent of participating families budget regularly. Figures also show that those who complete the course pay off as much as $5,000 in debt in a matter of months after the class.

Locally, people have shared stories of paying off thousands in debt, cutting up credit cards and paying for new cars with cash.

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