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Becca Stevens
Becca Stevens is one of the premiere preachers and speakers in the United States proclaiming love as the most powerful force for social change. She is an Episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms, a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. The two-year residential program, called Magdalene, was founded in 1997,and the social enterprise was founded in 2001. Thistle Farms currently 50 residents and graduates, and houses a natural bath and body care line found at over 400 retailers and at thistle, Thistle Stop Café and a global marketplace, Shared Trade. She demonstrates that love is good business and raises millions of dollars annually for the organizations she runs. She is a prolific writer and has been featured in The New York Times and on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, CNN, and Huffington Post and named by the White House as a Champions of Change for violence against women. She was recently featured in the PBS documentary, "A Path Appears," and was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America in 2014. Her latest book is "The Way of Tea & Justice: Rescuing the World's Favorite Beverage from its Violent History". "Letters from the Farm: A Simple Path to a Deeper Spiritual Life," releases this month. Stevens lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.

Entries by Becca Stevens

Our Sons

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 5:35 PM

For the past 20 years, several of us have raised our sons while working alongside survivors of trafficking, genocide and addiction. This summer, our sons have all come to work at Thistle Farms, the community we helped build. Thistle Farms is one of the largest social enterprises run...

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When Givers and Receivers Blur Into Lovers

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 3:30 PM

Jennifer Clinger, a graduate of Magdalene, a two-year residential program in Nashville for survivors of abuse, trafficking, prostitution and addiction and a full-time employee of its social enterprise, Thistle Farms, just handed me a check for $500. The donor was her brother.

Jennifer was home for...

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A Social Enterprise for Victims of Rape, Trafficking, Prostitution and Addiction Proves That Love Heals

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 7:04 PM

Thistle Farms, a 13-year-old social enterprise increased sales by 100 percent this quarter. The poetic justice of Love Heals as the tag line of a company run by survivors of trafficking, addiction and prostitution is poignant for women who carry scars from childhood trauma and rape. For survivors, sex has...

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From Awareness to Action: Providing Housing & Support for Victims of Sex Trafficking

(3) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 3:55 PM

I've got a funny feeling -- like knowing it's going to rain when the wind picks up in a certain way and shows you the backs of silver maple leaves on a spring evening. The wind is rising as new books about women in the Half the Sky...

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Why Beggars Must Be Choosers

(4) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 1:20 PM

Recently, a very wealthy executive with vast resources from a major company walked into our social enterprise called Thistle Farms. Founded more than 10 years ago, Thistle Farms provides employment for the women of Magdalene, a residential community for women who have survived trafficking and deep childhood traumas and who...

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Sin, Redemption and the Path of Healing

(52) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 8:17 PM

The theological notions of sin and redemption contain a heaviness that stems from the fact that they are mostly used to point out the faults in others, rather than to free us from the traps that prevent us from loving God. In the ninth chapter of the Gospel of John,...

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