2021 KS LEAF

In It Together!  

"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live it it." - Psalm 24:1 (NIV)

LEAF is an annual event with speakers, panel discussions and educational workshops. Hosted by the Great Plains UMW and Church Women United, this virtual event is open to all. This non-partisan, non-denominational event helps us use our spiritual gifts to drive legislative advocacy.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, LEAF 2021 is online and all pre-recorded, with videos to watch and articles to read. Participate at your own pace, viewing as many workshops as you like. Although this event is free, donations are much appreciated!


This year's lineup

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Keynote Speaker: Lynn Rogers is currently serving as the Kansas State Treasurer, was serving as the Lieutenant Governor until very recently, and has served as a Kansas State Senator and a Wichita School Board member.

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Expert Panel: Crisis Management for the Average Kansan. Our state is facing many crises all at once. We will gather the director of the Kansas Department of Health and Envionment, Dr. Lee Norman, the Kansas Commissioner of Education, Dr. Randy Watson, and the Salina-Hays District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Dee J. Williamston for a panel discussion. They will cover the public health, education and racism crises that our state is currently facing.

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Workshop Offerings

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Keynote Speaker: Kansas State Treasurer Lynn Rogers

LEAF 2021 Featured Speaker from Great Plains Preaching on Vimeo.

Learn more about Lynn Rogers.

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Expert Panel Discussion

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Kansas Interfaith Action

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.

KIFA is a 501©3 non-profit organization registered with the IRS and the State of Kansas.

KIFA is a state public policy office (SPPO) of the Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and is a partner of the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC).

Sign up to stay up-to-date with the latest from Kansas Interfaith Action: https://www.kansasinterfaithaction.org/get-involved/sign-up

Learn more about KIFA.

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Climate + Energy Project (CEP)


The Climate + Energy Project (CEP), is a Kansas-based non-partisan based in Hutchinson. CEP builds resilience in Kansas through equitable clean energy solutions and climate action.

We do this by:

  • connecting people, organizations, and ideas
  • presenting science-based facts
  • facilitating critical thinking and community engagement and
  • co-creating equitable and productive solutions

Dorothy Barnett Bio: As Executive Director of the Climate + Energy Project, Dorothy Barnett is leading the effort to address the Heartland's energy future. Barnett has coordinated winning campaigns to protect the Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard from special interest groups attacks during four legislative sessions, allowing the wind industry to grow to 40% of the state’s power generation in just a decade. Mrs. Barnett has been recognized with national media attention, including MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and is frequently invited to speak on a range of clean energy topics including a presentation at Yale for a public forum of "The 'C' Words: Addressing Climate Change Without Talking About Climate Change - a Regional Perspective." Barnett provides expert testimony at regulatory proceedings, and has been published in the Electricity Journal. In 2014 Barnett received the Advocacy Leadership Award from the U.S. Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment (C3E) program, run by the U.S. Department of Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative.

How to Engage with CEP

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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Moms Demand Action is a grassroots organization of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. We pass strong gun laws and work to close the loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. We also work in our own communities and with business leaders to encourage a culture of responsible gun ownership. We know that gun violence is preventable, and we’re committed to doing what it takes to keep families safe. Kansas Moms Demand Action has 11 groups around the state as well as a virtual rural group. To get more information, text READY to 644-33, or contact us at

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League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters grew out of the long struggle to achieve the vote for women. The fight for equal suffrage was waged on two levels: state-by-state and at the federal level. Women worked in their home states to get legislatures to enact suffrage bills or to pass state constitutional amendments, and at the same time, efforts were under way to pass a national constitutional amendment. Kansas women were front and center in the suffrage battle.

Learn more about LWVK.

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Alliance for a Healthy Kansas


Today, more than 150,000 Kansans currently fall into a health coverage gap. This is completely by choice of the Kansas Government and entirely preventable. Find out how it happened and what you can do about it. Expand Medicaid Now! Learn more at https://www.expandkancare.com/

April Holman: April Holman is the Executive Director of the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas. The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas was formed in 2016 to educate Kansas policy leaders and citizens about the health and economic benefits of expanding KanCare, the state’s Medicaid program for low-income children and adults. April has spent the past two decades working to improve public policy in Kansas. She is a licensed attorney and holds degrees from Washburn University School of Law and Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Spencer Culver: Spencer Culver is the Advocacy Specialist for the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas. Spencer coordinates with grassroots advocates across the state, working to shape the public conversation around Medicaid expansion. Spencer, a native of Kansas City, graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Communication degree and returned to the Midwest to work in healthcare advocacy. 

Marissa Alcantar: Marissa Alcantar is the Storybanker for the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas. She focuses on collecting the stories and experiences of Kansans in the Medicaid coverage gap, working to elevate their voices and building them into advocates for Expansion. Marissa grew up in Topeka, where she graduated from Washburn University with a degree in Anthropology. 

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The Kansas Children's Cabinet

The Kansas Children’s Cabinet is directed by statute to undertake these four overarching responsibilities: 

  • Advising the governor and the legislature regarding the use of money credited to the Children’s Initiatives Fund
  • Evaluating programs which utilize Children’s Initiatives Fund money
  • Assisting the Governor in developing and implementing a coordinated, comprehensive delivery system to serve children and families in Kansas
  • Supporting the prevention of child abuse and neglect through the Children’s Trust Fund


Melissa Rooker bio: Melissa Rooker was named Executive Director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund in February of 2019. Before joining the Cabinet, Melissa served three terms in the Kansas House of Representatives, representing House District 25 between 2012 and 2018. Her work in the legislature focused on children’s issues and public education. Melissa recognized that high quality early childhood interventions led to student success and made funding those programs her priority. She played a lead role in drafting a new school finance formula for K-12 public education that includes an expansion of the preschool at-risk program and full funding for all-day kindergarten.

Download a sample letter to legislators in Word or PDF.

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Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty

The Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty has one singular purpose: abolition of the death penalty.

Meryl Carver-Allmond bio: Meryl Carver-Allmond is a capital appellate defender. A 2005 University of Kansas School of Law graduate, she began her career as a research attorney for the Hon. Gary Rulon, former Chief Judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals. After four years with the Appellate Defender Office, she transitioned to capital defense in 2012. There she has had the honor of representing clients charged with the most serious crimes in both the Kansas Supreme Court, and — as a member of the defense teams for Kansas v. Carr and Gleason, and Kahler v. Kansas — at the United States Supreme Court. Meryl has been a board member of KCADP since 2019. She lives in Lawrence with her family.

Learn more about the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty.

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"White Fragility" and other reading

This is a self-guided workshop written by the Rev. Jack Gregory and the Rev. Marilyn Gregory. Read through the document and explore the viewing links, which will open to YouTube. Download the workshop here.

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