WCQ091 Rev. J. Bennett Guess of the United Church of Christ

Hosts: Amy Matheny & Peter Mavrik

Dish: We're at Jackhammer hanging out and talkin' about stuff. You gotta listen to find out...

Guest: We're joined by Rev. J. Bennett Guess of the United Church of Christ to talk about some of the hot button issues in the media today.

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Ann: Hey guys, how about giving a shout out to the Tennessee Lady Vols for winning their SEVENTH national basketball championship. Not a gay issue but you could tie it to the WNBA, which had their draft yesterday, and the whole lesbian audience issue in women's sports.

Jackie: Amy and Peter, it's great, that you had Rev. Guess on, Thanks! My partner and I are proud UCC Church members at the University Church here in Hyde Park. Interesting point from Amy about getting more flack from gays about being Christian than the other way around and about so many gays being just plain angry with church. UCC has not only eased my anger and confusion but enpowered and enlightened me regarding scripture and more. This is a big topic now that many churches are actually struggling with. That's good.

Glenda Guess: Hi Amy and Peter I just listened to your interview with my son and, like any mother, I am so very proud of Ben and his answering the call to serve the church as an openly gay man. It is so good to give the United Church of Christ the credit it deserves for being in the forefront of this issue. I love this denomination so much because it gave my gay son a chance to serve God honestly. I remember his saying, "How can I serve God and live a lie?" , and that is what so may gay ministers have to do. Amy, I remember hanging up from our phone interview and thinking you were the coolest woman and, though I was really nervous about talking to you in the beginning, you put me totally at ease. I want to thank you for that. Every time I speak and have a positive experience, it has empowered me to speak out more and more about our common issue. Happy Easter. Blessings and peace, Glenda Guess

Jeff S: Hi Amy /Peter! Love the live local production just b/f idol at Jackhammer..It is a super cool suave type bar..It is very trendy place...Then,the church is in an uproar...I agree ,most of us and even other denominations are fed up w/ religious leaders...It is so unbiased...I would rather think about other things..That is why I avoid all religious things altogether until the right media gives up and throws in the towel that they are so wrong and we are just right...You know what I mean!...Hurry up and lets change the course now..I can't wait too much longer nor can my friends.....Tootles and much bonnet/egg love,Jeff ps..By the way,Kudos for Mr Bobby Love for doing kareokoe 2 times-every other sat and one sat after this month..You are a great man!...I love your critiques...I think whatever you say to me is totally true..I need to work on that now...And Michael,thanks for your support on song choice as well...By the way,Bobby Lov has kareokoe every Fri..

Joan Hoffman: As Ben Guess's life-long family friend I was delighted to hear the podcast. I'm immensely proud of his commitment to the church and to all the important issues that people of faith face today. I was a member of the City Commission in Ben's hometown that enacted a Fairness Ordinance protecting the rights of gays/lesbians in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations. The next elected group repealed the legislation, but at least our community raised and discussed the issue - thanks to the leadership of the Guess Family. Joan Hoffman Henderson, KY

Amy M: Glenda - So glad to reconnect with you! I remember so clearly from years ago that story you told on LesBiGay Radio on our Mother's Day show. And when I heard KY and Henderson it came to me so quickly in my interview wtih Ben. That's what I call a Godshot! So amazing! Your interview with me was a profound moment for me on the radio. Wonderful to have parents like you supporting our community.


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