Dec 02, 2019 3:40 PM

New religion course at UNL includes proposing worship space

Posted Dec 02, 2019 3:40 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new course at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will focus on the world’s religions and will ask students to use their new-found knowledge to propose a common worship space on campus.


The Lincoln Journal Star reports the course called “When the World’s Religions Came to Lincoln” will start in spring 2020.


Max Mueller, an assistant professor of classics and religious studies, says only 4% of Nebraska residents identify as non-Christians but that more immigrants and refugees in Lincoln have created greater religious diversity. Mueller says despite that increase, other religious communities don’t have a space on or near campus to worship, leaving them to pray together in libraries or even hallways.


As students learn about religions, they will research and propose a space to university stakeholders that could serve various religions.

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8 Nebraska State Fair workers lose jobs amid restructuring

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Eight full-time employees at the Nebraska State Fair have lost their jobs.


The Grand Island Independent reports the workers were fired last week as fair officials restructure the organization amid financial problems.


State Fair Executive Director Lori Cox says the restructuring will save about $520,000 in personnel costs.


Before the firings, the fair employed 17 full-time workers and one part-timer.


Cox says the smaller full-time payroll reflects that the fair is an "11-day operation" rather than a year-round operation.


The State Fair Board approved a budget at a Nov. 22 meeting where members learned the 2019 fair lost a projected $1.4 million.


Patrick Kopke, the fair's chief of finance and administration, resigned at that meeting after telling the board that changes were needed to avoid bankruptcy.