Lunch With TED: I Grew Up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s Why I Left, by Megan Phelps

Date(s) - June 30, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Community of Casper
1040 W. 15th Street
Casper, Wyoming 82604

For those curious folks interested in a deeper and broader exploration of science, technology, culture, and our changing world, UU Casper is launching a new program called “Lunch With TED.”  At noon bring a sack lunch to eat while we watch a 20 minute TED Talk video and participate in a facilitated discussion.  This month we’ll view Megan Phelps presenting “I Grew Up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s Why I Left.”

“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.” ( Click here for a link to this TED Talk.

TED is a nonprofit organization begun in 1984 and is devoted to spreading ideas,  usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). The project began as a type of conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today, TED Talks cover a wide and interesting range of topics — from science to business to humanity relations. Find out more at

UU Casper’s plan is to rotate the facilitators who choose the video and the facilitate the discussion each month. If you would like to facilitate a Lunch with TED, or would like more information, please email