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Sept. 22, 2006

Guests Discuss Sexuality And Theology on 'Talk of Iowa' Sept. 29

At an upcoming conference in Iowa City, a national Christian group called Holy Relationships will be discussing how more lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people can be included in civil and religious institutions. Participants of this conference will be the guests on "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" Sept. 29, talking about the moral and theological questions surrounding this issue.

The public is invited to join the audience for the program, broadcast live on Iowa Public Radio at 10 a.m. from the Java House at 211 E. Washington in Iowa City. The broadcast originates from WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station.

On the program, participants in the Holy Relationships Midwest Regional Conference Oct. 19-21 in Iowa City will discuss issues concerning the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in churches and other groups, as well as sexual ethics.

The conference is sponsored by Holy Relationships, an ecumenical body of Christian clergy, scholars, and lay people across the nation that is encouraging dialogue on sexuality and theology in both church and society. According to organizers, the conference "seeks not only to name, cultivate, and celebrate holy relationships for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual people, but also to address a wider view of relationships with church, state, race, family, and self." 

The show also features live music by The Andrew Landers Project. "Gertrude's Barn" is the title of the band's new CD. Landers is the music and arts director at the Calvary Church in Muscatine, Iowa.

"Andy Landers fuses acoustic roots and contagious rock with elements of down-home blues, folk and soul. His songs always carry a real-life message, but it's never in your face or preachy," said Ellis Kell, a Quad Cities blues musician, music columnist, and programming and education director for the River City Music Experience in Davenport, Iowa.

"Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. The show is broadcast live statewide to an estimated 30,000 listeners each week on Iowa Public Radio stations WSUI AM 910 Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI-AM 640 Ames/Des Moines, KTPR-FM 91.1 Fort Dodge, KOWI-FM 97.9 Lamoni and KWOI-FM 90.7 Carroll. The broadcast can also be heard in streaming audio at by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays. It is also broadcast several days later on cable television over UITV in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: WSUI, 319-335-5730