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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 2, 2003

Christian Civility In Pluralistic Society Panel Meets Friday

Four University of Iowa faculty members will explore ways in which a person can be deeply committed to his or her faith and also appropriately tolerant and accepting of diversity in a panel discussion titled "Christian Civility in a Pluralistic Society" at noon Friday, Dec. 5 in River Room No. 1 of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The discussion, part of the Finding God at Iowa noon series, is free and open to the public.

The three panelists come from diverse academic disciplines as well as religious backgrounds. Arnold Andersen is a professor of psychiatry at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. A longtime Presbyterian, he and his family have been attending Parkview Evangelical Free Church in Iowa City. William Klink, a Lutheran, is a professor of physics and astronomy. Steve Swanson is a professor of music and an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church. Moderator Cary Covington is an associate professor of political science and is affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City.

The Finding God at Iowa Noon Series is a program of the UI's Geneva Campus Ministry. It is designed to complement the well-known Geneva Lecture Series that brings speakers to UI campus to speak on a wide variety of topics from a Judeo-Christian perspective. The series is supported by area churches from Roman Catholic, mainline Protestant and evangelical backgrounds, as well as a cross-section of religious student organizations on UI campus.

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