Meeting Planned for Wichita Chapel

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University officials are planning a public meeting to discuss chapel renovations that have raised concerns.

The event comes after reports that the Grace Memorial Chapel at the university had been stripped of pews and other Christian trappings at the request of Muslim students.

The Wichita Eagle reports, however, that the request to remove pews and other furnishings from the chapel originated with Christian students and a former campus minister who wanted a more flexible space for worship.

The meeting Friday will feature a presentation and a question-and-answer session with a panel selected by the Student Government Association and the Chapel Use Committee at the public university.

Eric Sexton, vice president for student affairs, says the town hall will be a “healthy and safe” educational discussion.