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 – Mandalas of Forgiveness and Release Part 6

And, finally (there were a lot of mandalas in this set!), Part 6 of the Mandalas of Forgiveness and Release.

Mandalas of Forgiveness and Release 1-5 can be found at https://nwcreations.com/mandala-monday-mandalas-of-forgiveness-and-release-part-1, and 6-10 at https://nwcreations.com/mandala-monday-mandalas-of-forgiveness-and-release-part-2, 11-15 at https://nwcreations.com/mandala-monday-mandalas-of-forgiveness-and-release-part-3, 16-20 at https://nwcreations.com/mandala-monday-mandalas-of-forgiveness-and-release-part-4, and 21-25 at https://nwcreations.com/mandala-monday-mandalas-of-forgiveness-and-release-part-5.

Enjoy this final set!

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Purchase Prints, Canvases, and gift items made from these images at New World Creations’ Zazzle Store. See the entire set at https://nwcreations.com/galleries/mandalas/

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I look forward to your thoughts and comments!

Mandala Monday – Mandalas of Forgiveness and Release Part 5

Continuing with the new set of mandalas I have been introducing the past several months here are Mandalas of Forgiveness and Release 21-25. Mandalas of Forgiveness and Release 1-5 can be found at https://nwcreations.com/mandala-monday-mandalas-of-forgiveness-and-release-part-1, and 6-10 at https://nwcreations.com/mandala-monday-mandalas-of-forgiveness-and-release-part-2, 11-15 at https://nwcreations.com/mandala-monday-mandalas-of-forgiveness-and-release-part-3, and 16-20 at https://nwcreations.com/mandala-monday-mandalas-of-forgiveness-and-release-part-4.

Enjoy!

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Purchase Prints, Canvases, and gift items made from these images at New World Creations’ Zazzle Store. See the entire set at https://nwcreations.com/galleries/mandalas/

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I look forward to your thoughts and comments!