ADL RLI Breakfast: "The Other Side of the Picket Line"

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Christ the King Lutheran Church

2353 Rice Boulevard

Houston, TX 77005

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Wait a second, there’s something wrong here. This doesn’t fit together
Megan Phelps Roper, Oct. 28 2013 , news article

The Anti-Defamation League’s Coalition for Mutual Respect
Invites Clergy and Faith Leaders to Attend Its
Religious Leaders Institute Breakfast Program

The Other Side of the Picket Line: Love, Hate, and the Westboro Baptist Church
Featuring
Megan and Grace Phelps Roper
Former Members of the Westboro Baptist Church
Tuesday, March 24 2015
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Christ the King Lutheran Church
2353 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
Seating is limited. RSVPs required by March 17.

Complimentary Continental Breakfast Provided


Best known for picketing military funerals carrying signs emblazoned with disgusting and hate-filled slogans,” the Westboro Baptist Church has become perhaps the most readily identifiable hate group in this country. Westboro was founded in 1955 in Topeka, KS. The group claims to have picketed over 40,000 events in all 50 states since their first protest in 1991. Westboro’s ideology is fiercely homophobic and anti-Semitic.

The story, however, doesn’t end here. In the midst of this hate comes a remarkable story of redemption and the triumph of love over hate. Megan and Grace Phelps Roper, granddaughters of Westboro’s founder Fred Phelps, were raised from birth on Westboro’s vitriolic rhetoric. They were stalwarts of the movement until a chance encounter with a Jewish blogger on the internet led them to a path that ultimately resulted in the sisters leaving the church. Excommunicated from their community and disowned by their family, Megan and Grace are now working to build bridges with the very same communities that they spent their lives hating.

Please join us at the Coalition for Mutual Respect’s Religious Leaders Briefing for a very special conversation with these two courageous women on March 24 to hear their inspiring story of turning hate in to love and repairing the world, one heart at a time.

We offer our special thanks to TRUTH and Christ the King Lutheran Church for hosting this special breakfast program.

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Christ the King Lutheran Church

2353 Rice Boulevard

Houston, TX 77005

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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was founded in 1913 to "stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Now the nation's premier civil rights and  human relations agency fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, ADL defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. A leader in the development of materials, programs and services, ADL builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diversity groups. 

The territory of ADL's Southwest Regional office (Houston) extends from El Paso to Beaumont  and all points south. Other major cities in the region include San Antonio and Corpus Christi.


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