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Meeting: Why one woman left the Westboro Baptist Church

  • First Methodist Church 305 East Anapamu Street Santa Barbara, CA, 93101 United States (map)

This is our monthly support and education meeting. All are welcome!

What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing ... everyone else?

TED Talk by Megan Phelps-Roper - Writer, Activist

A former member of Westboro Baptist Church, Megan is now a writer and educator on topics related to extremism, bullying and empathy dialogue.

In this extraordinary TED talk, Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America's most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. She shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines. After this 15 minute talk TED Talk, we will have time to find meaning and support in our own stories and the struggle to cross boundaries toward connection.