A special event, Mind, Body & Tea, featuring author, humanitarian and nationally-acclaimed speaker, The Rev. Becca Stevens, will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Sunday, July 31 at 4:30 pm at 129 Miller Avenue in Portsmouth. St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea, in Rye Beach, is hosting the event. It is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Please register at www.standrews-by-the-sea.org.
This is a unique opportunity to discover how the dynamic founder of Thistle Farms, the Magdalene Program, and Chaplain of Vanderbilt University’s experiences and transformational stories of human trafficking, oppression, and abuse affect the growing movement of women’s freedom and our own spiritual lives.
The Rev. Becca Stevens will explore how tea is connected to love, justice, and healing in the world. The afternoon’s participants will experience how the sharing of tea helps us dream of justice for women globally while proclaiming love is the most powerful force for social change.
Rev. Stevens is a nationally-acclaimed speaker having been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, ABC, and The New York Times. CNN just named Becca a 2016 Hero. CNN Heroes honor ‘everyday leaders’ who have made extraordinary contributions to helping others. She is the author of 9 books, been recognized by the White House as a 2011 Champion of Change to End Domestic Violence, and was awarded the TJ Martell, Lifetime Humanitarian Award, 2015.
The Magdalene program is a residential community for women, survivors of human trafficking, sexual & domestic abuse, addiction, and prostitution.
Thistle Farms is the largest self-supporting program of human trafficked survivors in the US, which employs 70 Magdalene graduates and residents to help survivors gain skills, work experience, and earn an income with a line of natural body care products, a paper and sewing studio, the Thistle Stop Café, and the Shared Trade initiative linking 23 women’s social enterprises around the globe in 10 countries and five continents.
Thistle Farms offers monthly educational workshops and has welcomed over 1,200 people from over 100 cities in the last two years interested in learning about their social enterprise and residential program. Currently Thistle Farms along with other countries works with women’s cooperatives in Rwanda, Ecuador, Kenya & Ghana.
Thistle Farms products will be available to purchase at the event and tax-deductible donations are appreciated to help fund the work at Thistle Farms that operates without government funding, and a “Housing First For Women” initiative in NH for women survivors of human trafficking.
Hosted by St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea, Mind, Body & Tea will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Sunday, July 31 at 4:30 pm, 129 Miller Avenue in Portsmouth, NH. It is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and is confirmed by registering at www.standrews-by-the-sea.org.