TED Talk Thursday – Megan Phelps-Roper: I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why I left.

TED Talk ThursdaysAccording to TED.com: “What’s it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing … everyone else? 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. In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.”

“Megan Phelps-Roper was raised in the Westboro Baptist Church, the Topeka, Kansas church known internationally for its daily public protests against members of the LGBT community, Jews, the military and countless others. As a child, teenager and early 20-something, she participated in the picketing almost daily and pioneered the use of social media in the church. Dialogue with “enemies” online proved instrumental in her deradicalization, and she left the church and her entire way of life in November 2012. Since then she has become an advocate for people and ideas she was taught to despise — especially the value of empathy in dialogue with people across ideological lines. She speaks widely, engaging audiences in schools, universities, faith groups, and law enforcement anti-extremism workshops. Her forthcoming memoir will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.”

Megan Phelps-Roper: I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why I left.

For those of you not familiar with TED Talks here is a brief summery from www.ted.com: “TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize”

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I look forward to your thoughts and comments!

Mandala Monday – 2016 Calendars by Atmara Rebecca Cloe

Every year I showcase the mandalas created in the previous 12 months by creating a calendar from them. This year the Mandalas of Forgiveness and Release “came through” me and are, to me, the most amazing group of mandalas I’ve yet been privileged to bring into form. All mandala calendars from previous years are also available in 2016 versions.

Here is a look at the Mandalas of Forgiveness and Release,

available in my Zazzle Store:

Forgiveness & Release Calendar

 

This calendar may be purchased in my Zazzle store at:

http://www.zazzle.com/New_World_Creations?rf=238526469533245868

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Other calendars with images created in previous years
are also available as 2016 Calendars. 
They include:

FOL-calendar-cover

MANDALASFORANEWEARTH

deeptrust

heartofpeace

HEARTOFTRANSFORMATION

HEARTOFTRUTH

MANDALACLANDAR

MANDALASOFSURRENDER

ONENESS

These also may be purchased in my Zazzle store at:

http://www.zazzle.com/New_World_Creations?rf=238526469533245868

Enjoy!

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I look forward to your thoughts and comments!

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Mandala Monday – 2015 Mandala Calendars are Here!

Every year I showcase the mandalas created in the previous 12 months by creating a calendar from them. This year the Flower of Life Mandalas “came through” and are, to me, one of the most amazing group of mandalas I’ve yet been privileged to bring into form. All mandala calendars from previous years are also available in 2015 versions.

 

 

Here is a look at the Flower of Life Mandala Calendar, available in my Zazzle Store:

FOL-calendar-cover

Jan. Flower of Life Calendar Feb. Flower of Life Calendar
March Flower of Life Calendar April Flower of Life Calendar
May Flower of Life Calendar June Flower of Life Calendar
July Flower of Life Calendar August Flower of Life Calendar
September Flower of Life Calendar Octoberl Flower of Life Calendar
November Flower of Life Calendar December Flower of Life Calendar

 

This calendar may be purchased in my Zazzle store at:

http://www.zazzle.com/New_World_Creations?rf=238526469533245868

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Other calendars with images created in previous years are also available. 
They include:

MANDALASFORANEWEARTH

deeptrust

heartofpeace

HEARTOFTRANSFORMATION

HEARTOFTRUTH

MANDALACLANDAR

MANDALASOFSURRENDER

ONENESS

These also may be purchased in my Zazzle store at:

http://www.zazzle.com/New_World_Creations?rf=238526469533245868

Enjoy!

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I look forward to your thoughts and comments!

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