The Rev. Dr. Becca Stevens

Denomination: The Episcopal Church (TEC)
Organization: Thistle Farms


BECCA STEVENS is an Episcopal priest, entrepreneur, author, and social justice activist. She is founder and president of Thistle Farms, a community of women who have survived trafficking, prostitution and addiction. She has been featured in New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, CNN and was named a "Champion of Change" by the White House in 2011. Most recently she has been featured in the PBS documentary, "A Path Appears." She was named 2014 Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America as well as the TJ Martell Foundation, has been inducted into the Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame, and was conferred an honorary doctorate by Sewanee: The University of the South. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.

Becca's latest book is, "Letters from the Farm: A Simple Path for a Deeper Spiritual Life." Her personality infuses her writing and speaking. She is earnest and empathetic, focused and funny. She is known for her wit as well as her humility, for day-to-day absent-mindedness and for steadfast practicality. Her message is honest and she offers groups a way to move from fear or cynicism into inspired action.  She is fervently hopeful and determinedly loving.

Becca appears at national events as a keynote speaker, at business gatherings as the Founder of the largest social enterprise in the US run by survivors, at universities inspiring young adults to live into their ideals, and at morning worship in churches. As an inspirational speaker she us growing a global movement for women's freedom.


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Becca Stevens: Loving Our Enemies Is Our Saving Grace

Tuesday February 19, 2019
The Rev. Becca Stevens says Jesus reminds us that there is a way out from the trap of giving power to our enemies and instead walking a path of non-judgmental love, a path blossoming with mercy and fruitful with gratitude.

Seeing Signs and Feeling Wonder

Tuesday January 12, 2016
Signs remind us that God has not abandoned us, that God is dwelling with us. Epiphany is the season we celebrate signs, says the Rev. Becca Stevens, and the story in John 2 celebrates the wonder of Jesus' first sign, changing water into wine.

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Becca Stevens: Letters from the Farm: A Simple Path for a Deeper Spiritual Life (An Excerpt)

Wednesday January 06, 2016
These letters from the farm describe a faith that strives for justice and peace through loving our neighbors. It began with the simple hope that love can help in community. That hope led to a social enterprise called Thistle Farms and that led to learning that we reap a hundredfold the seeds that are sown in a loving community.