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 Establishes Partnership with ELCA

    Lawrence, KS (March 19, 2019) — Kansas Interfaith Action (KIFA) today announced an affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), by action taken by the Central States Synod Council on March 16, 2019, to endorse KIFA as a state public policy office (SPPO) of the ELCA.

    ELCA Advocacy has 16 SPPOs in more than 16 states throughout the country, focused on developing and advocating for legislative priorities on the state level. Some are Lutheran offices, and some are ecumenical or interfaith organizations already doing the work in those states. This is the case with KIFA.

    “We are very excited about our partnership with ELCA,” said Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of KIFA. “ELCA is doing important advocacy work throughout the country, providing an important moral voice grounded in deep commitment to faith, and we are pleased to be part of it. This partnership will make KIFA part of a network of advocates throughout the country. We also believe that this will help strengthen our outreach to Lutherans throughout Kansas, as well as to other denominations.”

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    KIFA Day 2019

    Last Thursday upwards of 20 clergy and other people of faith held our first-ever KIFA Advocacy Day. We went to the Capitol to bring moral witness on important issues facing Kansas, including Medicaid Expansion (as clear a moral imperative as there is in state policy right now); fair and sustainable taxation; addressing gun violence; and supporting clean energy. We spoke with leadership, committee chairs, and the governor. We spoke on behalf of people of faith, and on behalf of those who don't have the connections or the time to speak for themselves.

    For more pictures click through. 

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    Legislative Update 2 - 3/11/19

    -- Last week the House passed SB22, which would give tax cuts of somewhere between $140 and $190 million mostly to corporations and the wealthiest Kansans. Details on the bill here. Leadership sweetened the deal in the House by adding a percentage point drop in the food sales tax, and that enticed enough Moderate Republicans to pass the bill. However, the vote was 3 short of a veto-proof majority.

    This bill is a bad idea because giving tax cuts to corporations and rich people when the state can’t afford social workers or prison guards is a bad idea.

    The bill goes back to the Senate where they will either concur (accept the House version) or go to a conference committee. We’re fairly certain Gov. Kelly will veto whatever comes out; without an override, legislative leadership may have no choice but to dismount their high horses and try to negotiate a deal with the governor, which they should have been doing all along.

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    Legislative Update 3/4/19

    “Turnaround” is the date by which a bill has to pass one chamber to remain on the docket for the rest of the session. Exceptions to this are myriad, but suffice it to say that Turnaround, which was last Thursday, is when things in the legislature get a little more focused. I want to give you an update on where things are with various bills or issues that we’re following. Today is Medicaid expansion; other issues will follow in a subsequent letter.  

    The other thing that needs to be said by way of introduction is that even for someone used to the slow pace of the Kansas legislature, this year has been particularly glacial. Legislative leadership seems more interested in preening and challenging the governor than they are in actually legislating. You almost wouldn’t know that the Kansas government is in an advanced state of disrepair by the way legislative leadership is behaving.

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