Kansas Interfaith Action: Our Mission

Kansas Interfaith Action is a statewide, multi-faith issue-advocacy organization that puts faith into action” by educating, engaging and advocating on behalf of people of faith and the public regarding critical social, economic, and climate justice issues.
KIFA (pronounced "KEE-fa") members are shaped by the values of our diverse faiths, which connect us to an age-old concern for justice, peace, and human dignity. Rooted in faith, we join hands across difference to work for moral public policy in Kansas.

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    KIFA's 2018 Legislative Priorities

    Kansas Interfaith Action has published its legislative priorities for the 2018 Kansas legislative session. For a PDF version of the document click here.

    KIFA is a statewide, multi-faith issue-advocacy organization that “puts faith into action” by educating, engaging and advocating on behalf of people of faith and the public regarding critical social, economic, and climate justice issues. KIFA members are shaped by the values of our diverse faiths, which connect us to an age-old concern for justice, peace, and human dignity. Rooted in faith, we join hands across difference to work for moral public policy in Kansas.

    We take as our starting point the “four evils” of racism / discrimination, economic injustice, violence, and climate disruption. All the items on our legislative agenda is in one of these four categories. For more detail please visit kansasinterfaithaction.org/about.

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    MLK Commemoration in Topeka

    Rabbi Moti Rieber, Director of Kansas Interfaith Action, was the featured speaker at the 25th annual “Whose Dream Is It?” Community Celebration of the Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday evening, January 15, at First Christian Church in Topeka. The event, sponsored by the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice, is part of Topeka's week-long Living the Dream program to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of Dr. King. 

    "It's important to remember what Dr. King stood for," said Rabbi Rieber, "but even more, to take inspiration from him to stand up to the challenges that we face now, when racism, poverty, violence and climate disruption are greater problems than ever."

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    Interfaith Invocation at the State Capitol

    Kansas Interfaith Action held its second annual Interfaith Invocation for the Legislative Session on Wednesday morning, January 10, 2018 in the State Capitol. This event sets an intention for the session that just began, reminding our legislators of that holding their office is a sacred trust, and that in their deliberations they should remember the teachings of our various faith traditions, particularly to care for those less fortunate. 

    We were pleased and honored to have the following clergy participate in the event:

    Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka 
    Imam Omar Hazim, Islamic Center of Topeka 
    Rev. Jeff Prothro, DeSoto United Methodist Church 
    Rev. Rich Shockey, Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City 
    Rabbi Moti Rieber, Kansas Interfaith Action 

    About 20 legislators, representing both parties, attended the event. 

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    Your Support Makes Our Work Possible

    A couple of weeks ago when I wrote our yearly appeal letter I said, “About the best that can be said about our federal government is that it's non-functional.” Unfortunately it's become less so since then. The passage of the reverse-Robin-Hood “tax reform” bill, coupled with yesterday's Supreme Court decision allowing the “Muslim ban” to stay in effect while going through the courts, and the Administration's decision to significantly roll back preserved status for two national parks in Utah, show that however dysfunctional or threatened the federal government is, it can still do significant damage – and it will.

    Every one of the actions of this government (not just the president, but Congress as well) has been immoral and contrary to the teachings of our faith traditions, which instruct us to care for the poor and disregarded, to love and protect the stranger, and to care for God's creation.  

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