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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

Fifty Years Ago

My father left my mother (and me) fifty years ago this year. Nothing in my life was ever the same after that. For decades I was furious (in therapy and furious) at him. Then my cousins sent me some letters … Continue reading

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Flying Over Home, a new memoir

Flying Over Home by Jeanette Stokes (Words & Spirit, 2013) $18.95 ISBN 978-0-9821848-5-1 Flying Over Home is a searing account of a girl’s loss of her father and an adult woman’s quest to find him again. In writing that is … Continue reading

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November 22, 1963

“I walked out of my seventh grade English class on the afternoon of November 22, 1963 to get a drink of water. I was twelve. While drinking from the fountain in the hall, a male voice came over the loudspeaker, “We … Continue reading

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Boston

Too much. It’s too much for us to take in, and yet people of faith are called to take it in. Yesterday was Patriots’ Day in Boston. This I learned last night in the grocery store when I ran into … Continue reading

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My interview on NPR

I was interviewed by Frank Stasio on The State of Things this week. In case you want to listen in, here’s the link.  They are calling the story, “Minister Helps Women Nourish Their Spirituality In and Out of the Church.” … Continue reading

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The New Pope

We all want to be hopeful about a new pope, but just because the guy likes to wear old shoes and cook his own food, that does not make him a progressive. He is flatly, publicly, actively, and historically against: … Continue reading

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There is a lovely pink crepe myrtle blooming outside my living room window. It is still young and began blooming a bit later than other myrtles around town. The city planted it in the little park next to my house. … Continue reading

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