The Phelps-Ropers are granddaughters of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, who created the church famous for their anti-gay, anti-government and anti-Semitic picketing outside LGBT-related events, military funerals, and Jewish institutions. They grew up in the church, but realized at a very young age (both are under the age of 30) that they could no longer support the church’s mission, and risked everything they had to leave.
Hear the story behind their decision and why they are now working to build bridges with the communities they once hated.
Opportunities to hear the Phelps-Ropers:
- ADL Coalition for Mutual Respect Religious Leaders Institute Breakfast, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday March 24 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd, Houston, Texas, 77005. View the invitation, and register at https://adlrlibreakfast2015.eventbrite.com
- Young Leaders and Professionals Program, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 24 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 6622 Haskell Street , Houston, TX 77007 (in Memorial Park). Register at: https://theothersideofthepicketline2015.eventbrite.com
- Women’s Initiative Breakfast, 8 to 9:30 a.m., March 25 at Congregation Beth Yeshurun, 4525 Beechnut St., Houston, TX 77096. Register at: https://adlwimetamorphosis.eventbrite.com
- ADL Board Meeting, 11:45 to 1:30 p.m., March 25 at Tony’s Restaurant, 3755 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX 77046
Table sponsors for the Women’s Initiative breakfast include Andrews Kurth LLP, Terry Cominsky/Sotheby’s Martha Turner, Emily Deakins, Dee Dee Dochin, Audrey Fersten, Judith Finkel and Sallie Teninbaum, Elisabeth Grezbinski, Rochelle Jacobson, Sue Hauenstein, Susi Knight and Vicki Merwin, Sandy and Niki Lessig, Sherry Bender Levy, Janet Pozmantier, Red & Black, Karen Westall, and Jeri Wolff.
For more information or to find out about registering for any of the events listed above, go to Southwest@adl.org.