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.
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In Jewish tradition there's a midrash (a rabbinic explication of a Biblical story) that says that when the children of Israel were at the Sea, with the barrier in front of them and the raging army of Pharaoh coming up fast behind them, the people panicked (naturally) and even Moses didn't know what to do. A lone man, Nahshon, in a singular act of faith, walked out into the Sea – to his knees, to his waist, to his nose – before the Sea parted and the Israelites were able to make their way to freedom.
When we began Kansas Interfaith Action at the start of this year we knew we were trying to fill an important role in Kansas public life: as the voice of faith- and conscience-based public policy advocacy in our state. We knew such a voice was desperately needed, given where the state was and how the voice of faith had been largely coopted by the political right. What we didn't know is what would happen next. But like Nahshon, despite the uncertainly, we walked in.Read more
Many of us have been following with great interest the resistance of Native Americans in North Dakota to the Dakota Access Pipeline. For the crime of defending their lands and waters - not to mention the climate of all of us -- the camp at Standing Rock has been met with militarized policing in the service of private gain. All over the world - in the forests of Brazil, in the boreal forests of Canada, and here, in the Indian lands of North Dakota - it is only the bravery of indigenous peoples that is holding back the continued development of fossil infrastructure that is literally killing our planet.Read more