Archive for Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lawrence faith leaders to hold prayer vigil for SRS situation

August 4, 2011


An interfaith event to lament the planned closing by Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration of the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services will be Saturday.

Faith leaders will hold a prayer vigil “Caring for the most vulnerable among us” from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the front steps of Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt.

Representatives from Plymouth, the Islamic Center of Lawrence, the Lawrence Jewish Community Center and others will speak briefly on the obligation to vulnerable residents.

Plymouth Senior Pastor Peter Luckey noted that the event will be held at the same time as a highly publicized prayer event in Houston that Brownback may be attending at the invitation of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

“As our governor goes to Texas to pray with Rick Perry, faith leaders in Lawrence gather to give voice to what we have in common: concern for the most vulnerable,” Luckey said.

In June, Brownback said he accepted Perry’s invitation to the event, called “The Response,” which has generated criticism because some of the groups involved with the prayer session are anti-gay. In recent days, Brownback’s staff has declined to confirm whether he was going, saying that he would be on vacation and the event is on his calendar.

Brownback and SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr. have said that the Lawrence SRS office should be closed to save money and that clients who use the office can access services online or travel to offices in nearby cities, such as Topeka. Local officials say the closure will damage the community because thousands of needy residents will lose services, and the savings for the state will simply be shifted to costs for local nonprofit agencies.


Cammie Braden 6 years, 8 months ago

I wish I could be there to join in the prayers. Unfortunately, I will be traveling back to Kansas at that time. In fact, I'm sure the 5 other passengers in the car would also like to be there. Our thoughts and prayers are with the vigil.

saraj 6 years, 8 months ago

The state of kansas has been taken over by people who refuse to acknowledge the division of church and state. It has been done with the money of David Koch (remember that his father was one of the founders of the John Birch Society) and the cooperation of fanatics like Brownback. If you did not see this coming, then you simply have not been paying attention over the last few years.

Stuart Evans 6 years, 8 months ago

FTFY: "The state of kansas has been taken over by people who refuse to acknowledge reality."

Jeff Barclay 6 years, 8 months ago

I honestly do not know what the solution is to finding the best way to deliver social rehab services to Kansas citizens. Certainly we know the state can't afford to do things the way they used to be done. Even with a local SRS office, I know firsthand, as we have a daugher with a disability, that there is way too much redundancy, incompetence, and inefficiency in the ways services are rendered. I must say this, I find it sadly ironic that many of those who are the most adament and passionate in their protests, in seeking to "protect the most vulnerable of our society," have also publicly indicated their acceptance of abortion. Seems to me protecting the most vulnerable members of our society ought to begin with those unborn citizens in their mother's wombs.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 8 months ago

No one would argue with making SRS more efficient and effective, but that's not what Brownback is doing.

And there is zero connection between abortion and SRS.

Liberty275 6 years, 8 months ago

If nobody would argue with making the SRS more efficient, why didn't they?

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 8 months ago

Technically, a fetus has not joined society. So, how can they be the most vulnerable?

Anunnaki 6 years, 8 months ago

As a last resort, I've alerted the skygods.

Liberty275 6 years, 8 months ago

Maybe jesus will come back early and use his carpentry skills to build a free building to house SRS and turn the pages of the journal world into cash to give away and pay salaries.

Jesus, if you come back, will you turn something into a nice 22 foot ranger bass boat for me. Oh, and don't forget the merc 250.

Munsoned 6 years, 8 months ago

But, he would likely have to buy the land from Compton.....

John Kyle 6 years, 8 months ago

Praying is doing nothing but pretending you did something.

Catalano 6 years, 8 months ago

I'm praying that you get a clue about what actually does go on in churches during the week. And an additional prayer that you just go away.

Chocoholic 6 years, 8 months ago

"All of the churches in town and the space sits empty during the weekdays."

Not so. For example, First Baptist at 14th & Kasold (American Baptist) houses the Head Start program. Some churches/faith groups also take turns hosting Family Promise in their buildings, which houses homeless families. Your idea isn't unprecedented, and it's a good one. I hope it will be considered as an option.

rbwaa 6 years, 8 months ago

i wonder if we will have to pay for this prayer trip like we had to pay for the 'faith based' meeting last month...

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 8 months ago

Are you talking about the "marriage initiatives" meeting? That was actually in April (IIRC). It just didn't get reported until last month. Sam has been sliding stuff like that by us on a regular basis.

somedude20 6 years, 8 months ago

I am going to pray with myself later!!!

monkeyhawk 6 years, 8 months ago

Maybe the heathens can burn a cross and see if that does the trick.

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 8 months ago

Let's just pray away___.You fill in the blanks

Lana Christie-Hayes 6 years, 8 months ago

(((applauding)))) autie! ~ A show of faith and love, among all those who CHOOSE to attend is a fine idea! ... Christianity is not suppose to be the way Sammy and Co. bring it. He slanders the name of Christ in his use of political power, and cares not who he bulldozes in the process of implementing his self-serving agendas! Only God knows how this mean and uncaring man will be dealt with in the end. The one credit I will give him is that he has managed to stir the pot enough to bring people together for the cause of protecting each other!

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 8 months ago

So what happens when God gets all of these conflicting prayers? Same thing he always does. Nothing. By the way, I ran into an interesting tidbit on the Huffington Post this morning. Seems Perry's "prayer rally" isn't going over as well as he thought it would. The venue holds over 71K people. To date he's only had 8K RSVPs saying they were coming. Politicians especially are staying away in droves, including all 49 other governors, not wanting to get the stench of "religiosity" on themselves. Perry just may have shot himself in the butt for any aspirations he may have for, at least, the 2012 presidential election. Brownie may have to find another star to hitch his wagon to. (I'm also reading mutterings that BB himself may back out.)

dogsandcats 6 years, 8 months ago

Maybe they are just trying to appeal to Sam's loony side: "Hey, people in Lawrence are praying?! Maybe they're not so bad afterall! Reopen the SRS!"

Munsoned 6 years, 8 months ago

This is at least an interesting and credible "faith based initiative". KUDOS!

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