On the Lived Theology Reading List: Becca Stevens and The Way of Tea and Justice

Tea and JusticeBecca Stevens reflects on a journey of triumph for impoverished tea laborers, hope for café workers, and insight into the history of tea

In The Way of Tea and Justice: Rescuing the World’s Favorite Beverage From Its Violent History, Becca Stevens tells the story of beginning a global mission called “Shared Trade.”

From the publisher:

What started as an impossible dream-to build a café that employs women recovering from prostitution and addiction-is helping to fuel an astonishing movement to bring freedom and fair wages to women producers worldwide where tea and trafficking are linked by oppression and the opiate wars. Becca Stevens started the Thistle Stop Café to empower women survivors. But when she discovered a connection between café workers and tea laborers overseas, she embarked on a global mission called “Shared Trade” to increase the value of women survivors and producers across the globe.

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Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest and founder of Magdalene, a residential community of women who have survived institutional and drug abuse. She is a prolific writer, and her most recent work includes Letters from the Farm: A Simple Path for a Deeper Spiritual Life (2015). She was inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame, and she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of the South.

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