Opening General Session: Becca Stevens
Individual Lives: Global Truths
Thursday, May 30, 2:00 - 4:00PM
It is a privilege to care for and bear witness to women in some of the most vulnerable moments of their lives. We are formed by their stories and the global truths within them. As we advocate for and serve one another, we are changing the global story. We change the story through our collective work and individual journeys. We change the story through our thoughts and words and deeds and presence.This will be a time to remember how our individual and communal work changes women, families, and the world. It will be a time to remember our inheritance as healers and the universal lessons we bear in our hearts. We will honor that our work can be difficult and requires dedication, and we will celebrate the work midwives have accomplished as we inspire one another for the work still ahead.
About Becca Stevens
Becca Stevens 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. She is the author of 8 books and has been featured on NPR, PBS, CNN, The Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, Southern Living, Christian Century, and Victoria Magazine.
Most recently, Stevens was named by the White House as one of 15 “Champions of Change.” She was named the 2011 Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Nashville, TN, and has received awards from the Frist Foundation and the Academy of Women of Achievement.
Stevens was named "Nashvillian of the Year" and "Tennessean of the Year" by the Nashville Scene and The Tennessean respectively. In 2010, she became the youngest and first female recipient of The University of the South's "Distinguished Alumnus" award. Her latest books are Funeral for a Stranger and a walking Bible study series, The Path of Peace, Justice, and Love.
Stevens is an Episcopal priest serving as Chaplain at St Augustine's at Vanderbilt University. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their 3 sons. Her new book Snake Oil: The Art of Healing and Truth-Telling is due March 12, 2013. She blogs at www.beccastevens.org.