Reaching out to Rwandan women

In today’s Nashville Tennessean, Beverly Keel tells the story of the Rev. Becca Stevens, the Episcopal chaplain at Vanderbilt University, and rector of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, who has financed Magdalene, a ministry for women with a history of prostitution and addiction, by founding Thistle Farm, a successful line of bath and body products:

“Without drugs I couldn’t sleep. The marijuana and whiskey helped me to not think about the rapes and the beatings because of prostitution. I am so happy that you’ve come to hear about my life of sorrow….”

The letter was one of many thank-yous the Rev. Becca Stevens read after traveling with six Nashvillians to meet with 42 women in Rwanda, a country in east-central Africa that suffered war and genocide in the mid-1990s.

Read it all, as well as a previous story about Stevens, who is being honored tonight at Nashville’s 37th annual Human Relations Awards dinner at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel. She’s also got a page devoted to her work in the women’s ministries section of the Episcopal Church’s Web site.

Past Posts