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Public hearing airs disagreements about Wichita State chapel

Associated Press - October 31, 2015 11:10 pm

A student-run consulting firm at Wichita State University is giving undergraduates a chance to gain experience and make mistakes before they enter the workplace.

A member of a panel discussing renovations of a Wichita State University chapel says she agrees that the chapel should be open to all races and faiths but only if those using the chapel are encouraged to become Christians.

Lisa Ritchie was the only opponent of the renovations on the panel, which held a public hearing Friday to air disagreements about the chapel renovations.

The May renovation of the Harvey D. Grace Memorial Chapel removed an altar and replaced pews with chairs. Supporters said it made the chapel a more flexible worship space. Opponents contended the renovations favored Muslims over Christians.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1NfWhIu) Wichita State vice president Eric Sexton said a committee overseeing the chapel will consider the input from Friday’s meeting and might make changes.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com.