On Sunday, September 20, Project Alum Rev. Becca Stevens, Episcopal priest, and founder of Thistle Farms-Magdalene, will preach the 10:00 am sermon at St. Paul’s Memorial Church followed by an adult forum. She will give a public lecture, entitled “Hope and heartbreak of trafficking, violence, and addiction,” later that evening at 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s. Admission is free, however, consider supporting the Magdalene community through purchasing Thistle Farms products that will be sold at the event.
On Sunday, September 27, Rev. Harold T. Lewis, Episcopal priest, author, and internationally renowned speaker and theologian, will preach at the 10:00 am and 5:30 pm services at St. Paul’s and lead the adult forum at 11:30 am. He will also deliver a public lecture, entitled “The Church in a racist society: agent of change or chaplain to the status quo?” Admission to all events are free and the public is invited to attend.
Rev. Becca Stevens is one of the premiere speakers in the United States proclaiming love as the most powerful force for social change. She is an author, Episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms-Magdalene, a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. 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, “The Way of Tea & Justice: Rescuing the World’s Favorite Beverage from its Violent History.”
The Rev. Dr. Harold T. Lewis is an Episcopal priest, author, and internationally renowned speaker and theologian. As Director of the Office of Black Ministries at the Episcopal Church Center in New York, he served as consultant to the Church of England and its Archbishop’s Commission on Urban Priority Areas. He retired in 2012 as fifteenth rector of Calvary Church, Pittsburgh. Among his books is “Yet with a Steady Beat: the African American Struggle for Recognition in The Episcopal Church.” He also authored “The Recent Unpleasantness” about his leadership in the successful legal challenge against the bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh who sought to remove assets from the diocese to form a breakaway church. In 2009, Dr. Lewis was the recipient of the first “Dean’s Cross for Servant Leadership in Church and Society” at Virginia Theological Seminary.
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