Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Gov. Sam Brownback at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Photo by Gage Skidmore.
Gov. Sam Brownback at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Gov. Brownback calls for day of prayer and fasting on his last day in office. Sam Brownback issued his final proclamation as Kansas governor on Monday, calling for prayer and fasting during his last day in office. “President George Washington, in his 1795 Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving called on Americans ‘to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God and to implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experience,’” Brownback wrote in the proclamation. “I personally feel blessed by the time I have spent serving our great state and would like to observe a time of prayer and fasting before God takes me on to the next part of my journey. I invite all Kansans to join me as we pray for our state and our nation.” Brownback will officially step down Wednesday at 3 p.m., at which point Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer will become governor. Brownback was confirmed last week as President Donald Trump’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

SM East student paper covers school’s response to protests by Westboro Baptist. SM East’s student newspaper The Harbinger has comprehensive interactive coverage of the school’s response to a picketing by Westboro Baptist Church earlier this month. “We want to get the message across that we are a place of love and acceptance and won’t let something like this knock us down,” organizer Isabel Miller said. [Not Here — The Harbinger]

SevenDays puts out call for teen songwriters for Faith Love and Song competition. SevenDays, the organization formed to honor the lives of the three people killed in the 2014 shooting at the Jewish Community Center with positive acts, has announced its 2018 song competition. The Faith, Love & Song competition is open to anyone 14 to 21 years of age who composes an original work “with lyrics inspiring and uplifting others to be accepting of others regardless of racial, religious or cultural differences and to spread kindness.” More information on the competition and how to enter are here. First prize is a $5,000 scholarship.