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Lecturer seeks to help people find and maintain love

Jan. 18, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Too many Americans can't find or hold onto love, according to a lecturer who will present "Why America Can't Stay in Love" at 7 p.m., Jan. 24 and 25, in the Bernhard Center's East Ballroom at Western Michigan University.

The free public lecture will take place over two nights and is intended to be used as a tool for building lasting and fulfilling personal relationships. It is being presented by Randy Gariss, a Missouri minister, and applies to various ages and cultures as well as dealing with marital and other types of relationships.

Gariss contends that we live in a culture where people can be financially wealthy, yet destitute when it comes to having satisfying relationships. The senior minister at College Heights Christian Church in Joplin, Mo., has counseled more than 1,000 couples, almost daily confronting what he characterizes as Americans' inability to stay in love.

During his two-night lecture, Gariss will address why relationships fail and ways to find and keep love. He will use techniques common to his numerous counseling sessions to help focus attendees attentions on practical methods for attaining and maintaining healthy relationships.

Gariss graduated from Ozark Christian College and has a master's degree from Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He and his wife, Julie, have been married 26 years and have three children. His visit to campus is being sponsored by His House Christian Fellowship, the Western Student Association, the Campus Activities Board and Christian Car Company of Kalamazoo.

For more information. contact Patrick Crandell, event coordinator, at (517) 202-8481 or <microbyte14@hotmail.com>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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