On Sunday, February 8, Sandbox Cooperative will welcome Becca Stevens. Becca is founder of Magdalene & Thistle Farms, a community and social enterprise that stands with women recovering from trafficking, prostitution, addiction and life on the streets. Magdalene serves women for two years at no cost to residents, and Thistle Farms employs residents and graduates of Magdalene in manufacturing, marketing, and selling natural bath and beauty products.
Becca’s story will challenge our assumptions and ideas on the issues faced by women who have experienced being part of the human trafficking industry.
More About Becca
Along with founding Magdalene & Thistle Farms, the Reverend Becca Stevens is the author of nine books and is an Episcopal priest serving as Chaplain at St. Augustine’s at Vanderbilt University.
Becca’s 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 to a fault, shaped by the good and bad of life, and yet it is fervently hopeful and determinedly loving. At once graceful and intimate, her prose wears real skin and muscle as it moves through the heaven and hell that inhabit the earth, imbued with the sweet unexpected scent of grace.
Becca and Thistle Farms have been featured on NPR, PBS, CNN, O Magazine, Huffington Post, Southern Living, Christian Century, and Christian Science Monitor. Decca was recently named the 2011 Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Nashville, Tennessee. To date, she has raised more than $15 million for the organizations she supports.
Her newest book, The Way of Tea & Justice: Rescuing the World’s Favorite Beverage from its Violent History” was released in fall of 2014.
Becca lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.