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Religious Studies Program
Arts and Sciences Hall 205
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182-0298
Phone: 402.554.2628



Jessica Nutz

Jessica Nutz signs on as Chaplain

Jessica Nutz Annis (2004) has been commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army National Guard of Iowa. She will serve the Guard as a Chaplain Candidate until December when she will become a fully qualified Army Chaplain. The commissioning ceremony was held 20 February in UNO's Religious Studies Offices, ASH 205. Her husband, and fellow guardsman, 2LT Franklin Annis, officiated at the ceremony. He will leave for Iraq later this year. He is a Medical Service Corps Officer with the Nebraska National Guard and does recruiting for the guard full-time.

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  • Methods and Phenomena in Religious Studies, new class this spring

    Dr. Curtis Hutt, Visting Assistant Professor, offers a new course this spring semester, RELI 3010 Methods and Phenomena in Religious Studies, 1:00 to 1:15 p.m. MW Contact Dr. Hutt for more information

  • ID now soliciting contributions for Volume II

    ID is now soliciting contributions for Volume II. Published once a year, the journal endeavors to bring innovation to the discussion of world affairs through a dual-editorial board process that will allow for the publishing of a broader range of material and in multiple languages. More Information

  • Arav discovers clue to Bethsaida Mystery

    Rami Arav, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Bethsaida Project, discovered what may be a piece of a Roman temple originally built in Bethsaida at this summer's dig. The Bethsaida Excavations Project

  • Desmarais receives Aboriginal Writer's Grant

    The national Canada Council for the Arts has awarded Dr. Michele Desmarais an Aboriginal Writer's grant to support completion of her first volume of poetry, water & other lost things.(Photo of Desmarais by Karen Kempkes).

Welcome from the Chair

Paul A. WilliamsWelcome to the Religious Studies Program at UNO! Religion is a force in literature, art, music, politics, ethics, societal development, and economics. Through the centuries, religion has inspired progress in the battle for human rights, social justice, tolerance, and peace as well as genocide and war.  An understanding of the role of religion world-wide is critical to a liberal arts education and a responsible citizenry.


Paul A. Williams, Ph.D
Chair, Religious Studies Program
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