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About Becca

Becca Stevens is one of the premier speakers in the US proclaiming love as the most powerful force for social change. She is an author, Episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms. She founded the residential community in 1997, and the social enterprise in 2001. In the anti-human trafficking movement Stevens believes in a housing first model with economic independence for survivors. Most recently she has been featured in the PBS documentary, “A Path Appears.” She is a prolific writer and has been featured in the New York Times, 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 named 2014 Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America, has been inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame, and was conferred an honorary doctorate by Sewanee: The University of the South. Her newest book is, “Letters from the Farm: A Simple Path for a Deeper Spiritual Life.” She lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.

Mission

Together the community of Thistle Farms has developed guidelines for living that describe practical ways we can love one another without prejudice or judgment. Influenced by the Benedictine Rule, our programs are grounded in 24 simple principles about living gracefully in community.

24 Spiritual Principles

1. Come Together
2. Proclaim Original Grace
3. Cry With Your Creator
4. Find Your Place in the Circle
5. Think of the Stranger as God
6. Take the Longer Path
7. Make a Small Change and See the Big Difference
8. Let God Sort It Out
9. Stand on New Ground and Believe You Are Not Lost
10. Forgive and Feel Freedom
11. Unite Your Sexuality and Spirituality
12. Show Hospitality to All

13. Laugh at Yourself
14. Consider the Thistle
15. Listen to a New Idea
16. Lose Gracefully
17. Remember You Have Been in the Ditch
18. Walk Behind
19. Live in Gratitude
20. Love Without Judgment
21. Stay on Point
22. Pray for Courage
23. Find Your Way Home
24. Leave Thankfully

Why the Thistle?

Thistles grow on the streets and alleys where the women of Thistle Farms have walked. Considered weeds, thistles have a deep root that can shoot through concrete and survive drought. In spite of their prickly appearance, their royal and soft purple center makes the thistle a mysterious and gorgeous flower. Being a Thistle Farmer means the world is our farm and that we choose to love all creation.

 
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