Thistle Farm Founder Featured at Annual Parish Retreat
In 1997 an Episcopal priest named Becca Stevens opened a home for survivors of trafficking, and addiction. Almost twenty-five years later, that one home has grown into Thistle Farms and includes a residential program that serves as a national model for women’s recovery, and three justice social enterprises that provide jobs to survivors—amounting to $4M in earned income last year. Becca leads important conversations across the country through speaking, advocating, preaching, and writing. She walks the line between pragmatism and poetry in her message that love is the strongest force for change in the world. And we're excited to welcome her and her message of healing love to our Annual Parish Retreat this November.
Every year in November St. Luke’s members travel to Kanuga, an Episcopal conference center in Hendersonville, North Carolina for a wonderful fall weekend in the Smoky Mountains. While the programs have a spiritual focus, there is a lot of recreation and fun as well, led by our clergy, staff, and members. This wonderful time takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving Day.
The weekend begins with arrivals Friday afternoon, followed by supper and “Cabin Crawl.” Saturday is full of programs and activities for all ages, although none are mandatory, and Saturday night is the legendary costume dance party. The weekend ends with Holy Eucharist Sunday morning before returning home, sometimes via one of the small nearby towns with a stop for lunch or crafts shopping.
All are welcome and scholarships are available.