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Sexual addiction seminar at church

Beltline Church of Christ will present “Exposing the Secret” seminar about sexual addiction and sexual behaviors, especially among youths.

The speaker, Steve Holladay, is a 1992 graduate of Freed Hardeman University and is a student in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University. He has been in youth ministry for 20 years and works with Ultimate Escape Ministry.

According to Holladay, the largest consumers of Internet pornography are in the 12 to 17 age group, and 47 percent of Christians say that pornography is a major problem in the home.

The seminar will begin with a session for adults Aug. 11, 6 to 8 p.m. The topic is “The Ultimate Trap: Understanding Addictive Sexual Behaviors Among Teens” and “Helping Adolescents Overcome Addictive Sexual Behaviors.”

Sessions for grades seven through adult will be Aug. 12, 9 and 10 a.m. on God’s vision for sexuality and society’s views on it. Sessions for teens only will be Aug. 12, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., following a lunch at noon.

For more information, call the church at 353-1876.

Jonathan Daniels pilgrimage Aug. 11

A shotgun blast killed a seminary student 42 years ago in a small Alabama town.

The murder of Jonathan Myrick Daniels will be remembered in a pilgrimage Aug. 11, 11 a.m., starting at the Courthouse Square in Hayneville.

Episcopalians and others will remember the life and death of Daniels, whom the church has named a martyr.

The event is also a remembrance of others who died working for civil rights. Daniels was shot while protecting a 16-year-old girl.

The speaker during a communion service will be Tonea Stewart, director of theater arts at Alabama State University.

Among groups attending the pilgrimage sponsored by two Episcopal dioceses will be youths from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Decatur.

Music auditions in Birmingham

The Alabama Country and Gospel Music Association will have auditions in country, gospel and bluegrass music in Birmingham at the Alumni Auditorium of Hill University Center, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vocal groups, soloists, bands, instrumentalists and others are invited. Finalists will advance to the North American Country Music Association International’s finals in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in March. An Alabama awards show will be at the Oxford Civic Center in Oxford, Sept 8, 6 p.m. The NACMAI is a nonprofit organization.

To register or get more information, go to www.nacmai.org or call (256) 845-5398.

- Compiled by Melanie B. Smith

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