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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 Magdalene, residential communities of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. She founded Thistle Farms in 2001, which currently employs nearly 50 residents and graduates, and houses a natural body care line, a paper and sewing studio and the Thistle Stop Café. 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 one of 15 Champions of Change for violence against women in 2011. She was recently inducted into the Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame and conferred an honorary doctorate by The University of the South. In fall 2013, Stevens launched the first Thistle Farms national conference welcoming attendees from over 30 states. Her latest book "The Way of Tea & Justice: Rescuing the World's Favorite Beverage from its Violent History" releases in 2014. Stevens lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.

Entries by Becca Stevens

When Givers and Receivers Blur Into Lovers

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 2:30 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 | 6:04 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 | 2:55 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 | 12:20 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 | 7:17 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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