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 Board Chair Gives Senate Invocation

    Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, chair of the board of Kansas Interfaith Action and minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, gave the opening invocation at the session of the Kansas Senate on Thursday, February 7, 2019. Here are her words:

    Spirit of Life and Love, God of many names and no name at all; Here in this, the People’s House, Be with this body of leaders as they endeavor to serve communities across our state; Guide each heart and mind in making decisions that create sustainable communities with access to the resources of life and liberty for all;

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    KIFA In the News

    KIFA Executive Director Rabbi Moti Rieber and board member Rev. Rachael Pryor, were among the clergy participating in an Interfaith Service prior to the inauguration of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday, January 14. The theme of the event was "unity," as this article from WIBW-TV relates. 

    On the same day, Rabbi Rieber was interviewed by Nick Gosnell of WIBW radio about KIFA's 2019 legislative priorities. A write-up of the interview appears here. 


    KIFA's 2019 Legislative Priorities

    Kansas Interfaith Action takes as our starting point the "four evils" of racism/discrimination, poverty and economic injustice, gun violence, and climate disruption. All of our legislative activities fit into one or more of these categories. KIFA has set the following priorities for the 2019 Kansas legislative session: 

    Economic Justice

    Kansas Interfaith Action believes that everyone has the right to adequate and healthy food, water, housing, and healthcare. Government has a vital role to play in making sure that working people are treated fairly, and that those less fortunate are cared for.

    • Expansion of KanCare would help about 150,000 working Kansans access affordable healthcare. This measure is long overdue and is our highest legislative priority for the 2019 session.
    • Development of a robust economic justice agenda. Welfare reform (the so-called “HOPE Act”) has had significant negative consequences, including contributing to the increased load on the foster care and child welfare system. KIFA believes that an anti-poverty agenda must include supports to help people succeed in their transition from poverty to self-sufficiency. Elements include:
      • Increased minimum wage
      • Paid family leave for all Kansans
      • Addressing the regressive impact of the sales tax on food on poor and working people
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    The Election, and What's Next

    We were very excited by the results of the gubernatorial election last week. We congratulate Laura Kelly on her convincing victory and look forward to working with her for the betterment of Kansas when she takes office in January. We also particularly want to congratulate KIFA's good friend Sen. Lynn Rogers on his election to Lieutenant Governor.

    Since KIFA began in 2016, and even in our work before that, we have always been in the position of playing defense, of trying to stop bad things from happening in the Kansas legislature. We always knew that if this or that anti-immigrant, anti-poor people (though not, of course, anti-poverty), pro-gun etc. policy could get through the legislature, it would be signed into law with no question. We anticipate that Gov. Kelly's veto pen will protect us from a lot of that, and that's a relief. No armed teachers in public schools, for instance.

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