Dear Friends,

This week was a historic one in Kansas. After seven years as governor, Sam Brownback submitted his letter of resignation and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer was sworn in as his replacement.

Brownback was confirmed by the US Senate to be the next Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. The position was created in 1998 and oversees the Office of International Religious Freedom in the State Department. The office has the goal of making the fundamental right of religious liberty a core component of U.S. foreign policy. Last year, Congress amended the Frank Wolf Act, which provided increased authority to the ambassador’s office. During his time in Washington, Sam and Congressman Wolf worked closely together advocating for persecuted people around the globe.

Each year, the office releases a report on the status of religious freedom around the globe, and the Secretary of State has the authority to designate “countries of particular concern.” You can read the most recent report here. You will find that people of many faiths, including some you know and others you probably never heard of, are subjected to cruelties around the globe. This is not a partisan issue, but one people of all political persuasions and faiths can agree warrants the substantial experience, expertise, and compassion of Sam Brownback.

The persecution of Christians and other religious minorities may seem a distant problem, but as people of faith we believe in the right of religious freedom for all. Brownback will be missed here by those of us committed to the dignity of life and strong families, but we celebrate his new opportunity to promote a fundamental human right.

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President and Executive Director

Dear friends,

On Monday, Robyn and I were privileged to participate in the 45th annual March for Life at the Capitol. It was a full day of activities, including briefings on legislation and the impending State Supreme Court decision, worship services, and a rally featuring abortion survivor and pro-life activist Melissa Ohden.

While standing outside on the cold, wet, windy afternoon I reflected on the marches I’ve attended in the past. Rarely is the weather better than dismal. It’s as if God desires the world see the steadfastness of his people – and their commitment to life.

One moment of the rally was especially moving. Kansans for Life’s Mary Kay Culp invited Governor Brownback to the podium, where several children presented him with 17 roses. The roses represented the 17,000 unborn babies whose lives were saved during the 7 years of Brownback’s administration. Culp shared that when first told of the figure, Brownback replied, “It would’ve been worth it if we saved just one.”

Brownback also reminded the crowd that he can only sign laws passed by the legislature. We should be grateful for the many pro-life lawmakers committed to making Kansas a place where life is cherished.

You can find more photos and video of the rally at the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas Facebook page. Give us a follow!

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President and Executive Director

Dear Friends,

2017 will go down in history as quite a year. We experienced the first year of the Trump presidency; the largest mass shooting in American history in Las Vegas; revelations of sexual assault bringing down leaders in sports, media, and politics; increasing tensions with North Korea; destructive hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria; and even a total solar eclipse. In Kansas, 2017 brought us near the end of Governor Brownback’s tenure, major shifts in the legislature leading to historic tax increases and the end of the run for the core Royals’ 2015 World Series team…the fate of the Chiefs remains to be determined.

Here are three things to look for in 2018:

  1. Decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop. Colorado baker Jack Phillips’ case is widely considered to be the most important decision on free speech in decades. It will have far-reaching implications for people of faith and their right to express their beliefs through their work. The decision is likely to be announced in late June.
  2. 2018 Elections. The 2018 election cycle was supposed to be an opportunity for Republicans to pick up seats in the U.S. Senate, but special elections in Virginia and Alabama suggest otherwise. House Republicans may be in an even tougher spot. Kansas will host several key elections, including competitive races in the 2nd and 3rd congressional districts and for Governor. No party has retained the governorship for more than 8 consecutive years in more than 50 years.
  1. Legislative Battles in Kansas. With elections looming, the Kansas legislature will be fighting over high-profile issues like the Kansas Supreme Court decision on abortion, demands for more money for public schools, and Medicaid expansion. Of course, Family Policy Alliance of Kansas has our own legislative agenda, highlighted by a bill to ensure protections for faith-based adoption and foster care providers.

Thank you for partnering with us in 2017. I’m excited to continue working together to advance life, family, and religious freedom in 2018!

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President & Executive Director

Thank you for helping make our evenings in Wichita and Overland Park on May 10 and 11 so special.

The theme was “Unleashing Citizenship.” We heard from Gov. Sam Brownback; David and Jason Benham, who shared from their book “Living Among Lions”; Eric Teetsel, president of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas; and Paul Weber, president of Family Policy Alliance. We’re thankful that you are a part of our work.

Click on the photos to see them full size.

Wichita

Billie and Steve Brunk

Paul Weber is president of Family Policy Alliance

Steve Brunk was presented with the Daniel Award for his service to Kansas and to the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

Eric shared a story about William Penn standing up for his beliefs in the face of a prideful government official.

David and Jason Benham encouraged us to be “chocolate chips in the cookie dough of culture.”

They shared from their book “Living Among Lions”

Jason said we should let go of whatever we are holding on to and focus our attention on God and his plans for our lives.

Eric Teetsel is president of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

Overland Park

Eric Teetsel, president of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback

David Benham, Gov. Brownback, Jason Benham

Paul Weber is president of Family Policy Alliance

Gov. Brownback has signed 18 pro-life bills into law.

Paul Weber shared the strategy of Family Policy Alliance toward a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

Eric Teetsel shares how something as simple as tipping a hat became an issue of religious freedom for William Penn.

Jason and David Benham cracked us up.

Eric Teetsel presented Charles Macheers with the Daniel Award for his service in the Kansas House.

Robyn Essex, Kim Kentera, Jason Benham, David Benham, Eric Teetsel, Paul Weber, Amy Adams, Stuart Shepard

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed 18 pro-life bills covering a broad range of issues that all go toward protecting pre-born babies.

Paul Weber, president of Family Policy Alliance, asks him how to stand strong in the face of adversarial courts.

Learn more about the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas.

A new independent, conservative media outlet has launched in Kansas and Missouri. It’s called The Sentinel and its stated purpose is “to hold government and mainstream media accountable for providing complete, accurate and unbiased information so that citizens can make their own informed decisions on matters of public policy.”

Recently, The Sentinel asked me 20 Questions about the Family Policy Alliance, my views on faith and politics, and our legislative agenda. Here’s part of the interview:

What are some of the most important Evangelical issues facing the state of Kansas today?

The ongoing battle to defend the rights of the unborn is the social justice issue of our generation. Someday, our descendants will look back and wonder in horror how we allowed defenseless babies to be killed in utero. Nothing is more important.

There are, however, other issues that stem from America’s failure to understand the dignity of human life. In just the last few years, the movement to redefine sexual norms has expanded into territory that goes into deeper questions of human identity. Many Americans can no longer tell you what it means to be male or female. This is stunning, frightening, and not going away any time soon.

What connection does Family Policy Alliance of Kansas have to other evangelical organizations, if any?

Family Policy Alliance of Kansas works closely with many important institutions doing policy work, like the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Family Research Council (FRC). Our organization has roots with Focus on the Family and an ongoing positive relationship, but there is no longer any official connection there.

If you could wave a magic wand and change one Kansas policy, what would it be and why?

First, I would grant myself a few additional wishes.

Second, I would overhaul our system of public education. The current system is built to serve the interests of bureaucrats, union bosses, and lawyers; it’s supposed to serve our kids.

The education industrial complex says money is the problem, but no sphere of life has experienced less innovation or ingenuity in the last 60 years than public education. We still use a calendar designed so that kids could help bring in the crops. Because all teachers must be “certified” by the accreditation cartel, a NASA astronaut can’t teach high school physics without taking a semester of undergraduate education courses. Principals are barred from firing their ineffective teachers and giving raises to their best. Worst of all, the system fails to recognize that each child is a unique being endowed with their own gifts, interests, and goals. Instead, we expect every child to learn the same things at the same time in the same way. Our kids deserve so much more.

You can read my full interview here: Eric Teetsel, Family Policy Alliance of KS Prez, Answers Sentinel’s 20 Questions.

Sincerely,

EricTeetsel
President and CEO

TAKE ACTION
We are two weeks out from our big celebratory events In Wichita and Overland Park and seats are filling up fast. The Benham Brothers will be our keynote speakers and you won’t want to miss their take on what’s happening in our culture. Also, Gov. Sam Brownback will be at both events. The events are free, but you must register! Sponsored by Family Policy Foundation of Kansas, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Lighthouse Financial Strategies.

RSVP for Wichita
Wed., May 10th | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

RSVP for Overland Park
Thurs., May 11th | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Read More from Eric Teetsel and Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

Here’s what our President, Eric Teetsel, is saying about the push to expand gambling in the state.

Seats are filling up for our annual celebration events next month in both Wichita and Overland Park!

If you haven’t yet, confirm your RSVP today to make sure you have seat.

The Family Policy Alliance of Kansas is excited to welcome the Benham Brothers as our keynote speakers. The twins will share their story faith and what they’ve learned about obedience in a world in which the costs of faith are increasingly present.

They will show us what it means to thrive in our culture when at times it seems all we can do is just survive. Their inspirational story about refusing to compromise their faith shows that we can do more than we ever thought, even when it seems we are living among the lions.

We are also honored that Governor Sam Brownback is confirmed at both events! This will be a unique opportunity to thank him for his leadership on the issues of life, family, and religious freedom – including signing 18 separate pro-life laws.

RSVP for Wichita
Wed., May 10th | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres, Desserts & Program
NOAH’s Event Venue
1550 N. Lindberg Circle, Wichita

RSVP for Overland Park
Thurs., May 11th | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres, Desserts & Program
NOAH’s Event Venue
7341 W 133rd Street, Overland Park

I am looking forward to these events which are cosponsored by the Kansas Family Foundation and Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary.

I hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President

On Friday, Governor Brownback signed Simon’s Law, making Kansas the first state to pass legislation guaranteeing the rights of parents when it comes to decisions about the provision of life-saving medical care for their children.

The Family Policy Alliance of Kansas worked closely with our friends at Kansans for Life who led the push for this important law.

Governor Brownback embraces Sheryl Crosier after signing the law named for her son, baby Simon.

Remarkably, this is the 18th pro-life bill signed by Governor Brownback during his six years in office. We are so grateful to be part of a team including Kansans for Life and Governor Brownback!

On Tuesday, a little piece of history was made when State Treasurer Ron Estes squared off against attorney James Thompson for the Fourth Congressional District seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Tuesday’s election was the first special election to fill a Kansas Congressional seat in more than 50 years.

Ron Estes campaigned as a pro-life, pro-family, limited government conservative – and won! (See photo at the top of the page.) We wish him and his family well as they prepare to tackle the challenges of Washington, D.C. and will be praying for courage and success in this daunting task.

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President

TAKE ACTION
Seats are filling up for our Benham Brothers events in both Wichita and Overland Park! If you haven’t yet, confirm your RSVP here. These events are cosponsored by the Family Foundation of Kansas and the Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary.

Gov. Sam Brownback shares his support for the work of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas.

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