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About stokesnet

Jeanette Stokes is a writer, artist, minister, and the Director of the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, located in Durha

There is such great sadness in the wake of the murder of three beautiful young Muslim adults: Deah Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19. I had this thought: If the gunman in Chapel … Continue reading

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Ferguson & Durham

I wish I could say I was surprised by the miserable decision from the grand jury in the murder of Michael Brown case. But I wasn’t. I read Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow this fall, so I guessed what was coming. … Continue reading

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Marriages in Durham

Same-sex marriages became legal in NC on Friday, October 10, 2014. When the Durham County Register of Deeds Office opened on Monday morning, couples began getting marriage licenses. I went to the courthouse on Monday afternoon and had the privilege … Continue reading

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Are LGBTQ students welcome at Duke Div.?

Some background and links. Duke Divinity School orientation this month included a panel on Friday, Aug. 22, focused on diversity and inclusion. During Q&A, a student stood to ask a question something like, “What resources at the Divinity School are available to … Continue reading

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40th Anniversary of Ordination of Episcopal Women

When Carter Heyward was ordained in the summer of 1974, it was a radical thing to do. There had been ordained protestant women in the US for over 100 years by then, but not many and not in the Episcopal Church. … Continue reading

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Leaving Day

When I think of the memoir I wrote about my dad, Flying Over Home, the picture that always comes to mind is this one. (See below for ways to buy the book.) Here’s what I wrote about the photograph in an excerpt … Continue reading

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A Riot of Tulips

The Duke Gardens were especially beautiful this past weekend. The tulips nearly took my breath away. Each bed was more beautiful than the next. Cool weather and some rain has kept the flowers fresh longer than usual. What fun it … Continue reading

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