2022 KS LEAF

LEAF 2022: Action – Truth – Transparency  

"Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." - 1 John 3:18

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 COVID-19 pandemic, LEAF 2022 is online and workshops are all pre-recorded, with videos to watch and articles to read. Participate at your own pace, viewing as many workshops as you like. We hope to be back in Topeka to gather in person in 2023!

The Legislative Update and Panel Discussion will be presented LIVE over Zoom on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 6 p.m. Recordings of those discussions may be available for viewing at a later date for those who are unable to watch during the livestream.

This year's lineup


Welcome Message and Prayer

Rev. Jeff Clinger, pastor of Topeka First United Methodist Church

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Legislative Update

Senator Carolyn McGinn-(R), District 31, Sedgwick Representative Brandon Woodard-(D), District 31, Lenexa










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Panel Discussion: Kansas People's Agenda

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.

Learn more about KIFA.




About the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting people across Kansas to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality of religious nationalism.

Learn more about the Poor People's Campaign in Kansas.

Loud Light

Loud Light engages, educates, and empowers individuals from underrepresented populations to build community power that has an impact on decision makers. We’re Transforming Kansas: voter registration, informative videos, coalition building, civic engagement, youth voter turnout.

 Learn more about Loud Light.

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Featured Presenter: Pauline Sharp - "The Story of the Kanza People"

Pauline Sharp is a citizen of Kaw Nation and past vice-president of the Kaw Nation Cultural Committee. Sharp is a juried member of the Kansas Alliance of Professional Historical Performers and lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband, Doug Sharp. Pauline has been an Arts Partners teaching artist since 2019.

Important instructions: Pauline Sharp’s presentation is available to view for a limited time only until February 27, 2022 and is password protected exclusively for LEAF 2022 guests. After clicking on the link below, enter the username Leaf2022 and password 2022Leaf (both are case sensitive), and click on the "login" box. 

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Workshop Offerings

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Kansas Farmers Union

Kansas Farmers Union is the state’s oldest active general farm organization working to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers and rural communities.

We believe family ownership of farm land is the basis for the world’s most viable system of food and fiber production. Maintaining this family farm system will preserve our natural and human resources as well as promote a strong rural economy and vibrant social structure.

Kansas Farmers Union represents our members, who are engaged in diverse farming and ranching pursuits, through education, legislation and cooperation.

Learn more about Kansas Farmers Union.
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Kansas Association of School Boards

KASB is a not-for-profit organization located in Topeka, Kansas, and dedicated to serving members of governing boards for unified school districts, community colleges, area vocational-technical schools and cooperatives, interlocals and regional service centers.

KASB will...

  • Support a culture of collaboration and service.
  • Be a voice of public education.
  • Provide leadership for student success.

Click here to view presentation by the Kansas Association of School Boards

Learn more about the Kansas Association of School Boards.
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Equality Kansas

Our mission is to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We work towards our mission through education, public policy advocacy, and political action.

Learn more about Equality Kansas.
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League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Kansas is a grassroots, volunteer, non-partisan political organization with nine local Leagues across the state. For over 100 years, LWVK has encouraged the informed and active participation of citizens in government and has influenced public policy through education and advocacy. The League never endorses candidates or political parties.

Learn more about League of Women Voters.
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Appointments Project & Ready to Run Kansas Women's Leadership Series

The Appointments Project & Ready to Run Kansas Women’s Leadership Series is a collaboration between United Women’s Empowerment (formerly the Women’s Foundation) and the University of Kansas Institute for Leadership Studies. The collaboration is built on a shared belief that increasing the number of women’s voices in civic spaces throughout Kansas – including politics and civic boards and commissions – promotes equity, opportunity, and economic strength in our state. Kansas is built on a rich history of women’s civic leadership at all levels of our social fabric, and a bright future for our state will depend on their leadership driving our social, political, and economic engines. Through this collaboration, it is our mission to provide workshops and programming that enhance women’s civic leadership capacity. And it is our vision that as we increase the number of women prepared to run for political office and sit on local and statewide boards and commissions, our state will thrive.

Learn more about Appointments Project & Ready to Run Kansas Women's Leadership Series.
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Kansas Mental Health Coalition

The Kansas Mental Health Coalition (KMHC) is a collaborative organization of non-profit organizations, agencies and individuals representing consumers, families, and providers dedicated to improving the lives of Kansans with mental illness.

Within the format of monthly roundtable meetings, participants forge a consensus agenda which provides the basis for public education and advocacy efforts each year. This design leverages greater collaborative support and amplifies the voice of people with mental illness in these public education efforts. The result of this consensus building is greater success for our common goals.

Further, the organization facilitates communication within the Kansas mental health system regarding developing needs and updates on programs and issues.

Learn more about Kansas Mental Health Coalition.

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Making a Difference with the Kansas Legislature

Donna Schneweis is a long-time collaborator and workshop presenter at LEAF. Donna shares the knowledge she has gained from working on legislative issues in Kansas for many years. Donna offers outstanding how-to instruction for constituents wanting to put their faith into action with the Kansas Legislature.

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