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") supporters 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 Expresses "Grave Disappointment" At End of 2019 Legislative Session

    Calls Refusal to Expand Medicaid "Moral Failure" 

    Lawrence, KS (May 6, 2019) — Kansas Interfaith Action expresses its grave disappointment that Medicaid Expansion was not taken up by the Senate and did not pass in the 2019 legislative session.

     “Medicaid Expansion was our highest priority in the session, a clear moral imperative, and its failure to pass is not just a disappointment, it’s a injustice,” said Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of KIFA. “The failure to hold hearings, the refusal to allow a vote in the Senate, are nothing less than moral failures, and the blame for them rests solely at the feet of leadership in the House and Senate.”

     

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    KIFA Annual Event 2019

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    For more information and to purchase tickets click the graphic. 


    Being Muslim in This Country

    Our dear friend (and former KIPL board member) Ahsan Latif wrote this beautiful piece in response to events over the weekend, but really in response to the past 18 years. We repost it with his permission. We encourage you to read it, really take it in, and join with us in building a future where people are accepted and valued and celebrated for who they are and the beauty they bring to the world.

    Being Muslim in this country is meeting someone new and having to drop clues that you aren’t a terrorist until they eventually see you as an American, then repeating that interaction for the rest of your life. 

    Being Muslim in this country is going to a Catholic school where entire classes are built around learning, discussing and eventually shrugging off the problematic verses in the Bible. But you are individually asked to stand at the front of your social studies class and answer for the “faults” of the Quran in questions from your indignant classmates. 

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    Legislative Update 4/8/19

    After several long days last week, the legislature adjourned on Friday. They are off until the 2-1/2-week veto session at the beginning of May. So it’s a good time for another update on the issues KIFA has been working on.  

    Medicaid Expansion. As you know, this cleared the House, only to meet continued stonewalling by Senate leadership. Gov. Kelly and Senate President Wagle held dueling press conferences, and three K-State students unfurled banners calling out obstructionist Senate and House leadership by name, in a nonviolent direct action that we applaud. If obstruction continues we expect there to be more actions like this. As the banners made clear, people’s lives are at stake.

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