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  • Tuesday, October 09, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    First Presbyterian Church in Wichita, KS

    Faith and Public Policy Forum - Wichita

    How we as a society collect and spend our common resources, and whether and how we care for the less fortunate, are issues with profound moral significance. Voting itself is an act of faith - a belief that the actions we take can change the world for the better.  

    This year KIFA will again be holding a series of "Faith and Public Policy" Forums around the state in the weeks leading up to the 2018 elections. These nonpartisan panels are intended to give good, solid, factual information on issues of vital importance to voters of faith and conscience.

    The panel will include advocates and activists who work daily on the vital issues facing voters in Kansas: topics will anti-poverty programs, voting rights, justice reform, "gunsense" legislation, the high cost of monopoly energy utilities, and more. The panel will be moderated by Rabbi Moti Rieber of KIFA, who will also give remarks about the moral implications of public policy. Each presenter will speak for 10-15 minutes, and there will be time for questions. 

    Panelists will include (lineup subject to change):

    Ellen Glover, ACLU of Kansas 
    Durell Gilmore, Kansas Appleseed
    John Wilson, Kansas Action for Children 
    Shannon Halbur, Moms Demand Action - Wichita 
    Dorothy Barnett, Climate & Energy Project 
     

    This event is co-sponsored by Women for Kansas, and is supported by a generous donation by Jim Horlacher of First Affirmative Financial Network of Lenexa, KS. 

     

  • Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 09:00 AM
    Marriott Hotel in Wichita , KS

    "A Just World for All" with Rev. Traci Blackmon

    The Kansas-Oklahoma Conference of the United Church of Christ Invites You to Join Us to hear our keynote speaker, the Rev. Traci Blackmon, as she speaks on the theme, A Just World for All.

    REV. BLACKMON IS EXECUTIVE MINISTER OF JUSTICE & LOCAL CHURCH MINISTRIES for the United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo., Rev. Blackmon is well known for her compassion and commitment to those often forgotten and excluded in the halls of power. Her communal leadership and work in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, Mo., has gained her both national and international recognition and audiences, from the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. She was was named 2017 Citizen the Year by The St. Louis American and as one of St. Louis’ 100 most influential voices.

    Engage in Conversations about:

    • The challenges of working for justice in the particular states of Kansas and Oklahoma.
    • Hear the story of how “every day Moms” saw what was happening in Charlottesville and decided to “start something” in Hutchison; and how you can, too.
    • Taking a stand for justice is hard; how to overcome — or at least lessen — fear, and summon courage. 
    • So many issues, every single day; are you determined yet battle weary? Practicing self care for the long haul.
    • Youth will have the opportunity for a time of engagement with Rev. Blackmon.

    No promises of easy answers, but important conversations with others asking similar questions.

    After lunch, participate in a Plenary talk back with Rev. Blackmon and end the day in a worshipful sending forth.

    Registration of $40.00 includes breakfast and lunch (must commit to arrive by 8 a.m. for breakfast sponsored by Phillips Theological Seminary); keynote begins at 9:30 a.m. 

    Here’s the link for Saturday registration: https://tinyurl.com/koconf

    For a PDF flyer for this event click here

  • Monday, October 15, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 2 rsvps

    Faith and Public Policy Forum - Salina

    How we as a society collect and spend our common resources, and whether and how we care for the less fortunate, are issues with profound moral significance. Voting itself is an act of faith - a belief that the actions we take can change the world for the better.  

    This year KIFA will again be holding a series of "Faith and Public Policy" Forums around the state in the weeks leading up to the 2018 elections. These nonpartisan panels are intended to give good, solid, factual information on issues of vital importance to voters of faith and conscience.

    The panel will include advocates and activists who work daily on the vital issues facing voters in Kansas: topics may include Kansas' state budget (recovering from the "Brownback experiment", the status of state and national anti-poverty programs, voting rights, justice reform, climate and agriculture, gun violence. The panel will be moderated by Rabbi Moti Rieber of KIFA, who will also give remarks about the moral implications of public policy. Each presenter will speak for 10-15 minutes, and there will be time for questions. 

    Panelists (subject to change): 

    Adrienne Olejnik - Kansas Action for Children 
    Fred Iutzi - Land Institute
    Cori Sherman North – Moms Demand Action, Salina chapter
    Ellen Glover - ACLU of Kansas

    This series is sponsored in part with a generous donation by James Horlacher of First Affirmative Financial Network, Lenexa  

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 7 rsvps

    Faith and Public Policy Forum - Pittsburg

    How we as a society collect and spend our common resources, and whether and how we care for the less fortunate, are issues with profound moral significance. Voting itself is an act of faith - a belief that the actions we take can change the world for the better.  

    This year KIFA will again be holding a series of "Faith and Public Policy" Forums around the state in the weeks leading up to the 2018 elections. These nonpartisan panels are intended to give good, solid, factual information on issues of vital importance to voters of faith and conscience.

    The panel will include advocates and activists who work daily on the vital issues facing voters in Kansas: topics may include tax and budget, social safety net, voting rights, justice reform, and more (list still in formation). The panel will be moderated by Rabbi Moti Rieber of KIFA, who will also give remarks about the moral implications of public policy. Each presenter will speak for 10-15 minutes, and there will be time for questions. 

     

     


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