Jesse James DeConto

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Jesse James DeConto is a journalist, author and musician in Durham, N.C. His reporting has had him working alongside Mexican migrants in the Christmas-tree fields of Appalachia, sitting with the mother of a death-row inmate at the moment of her son’s execution, and immersing with activists protesting usurious interest rates in the lobby at Bank of America headquarters. His spiritual memoir is This Littler Light: Some Thoughts on NOT Changing the World, recounting his journey from the Moral Majority to the Beloved Community. An award-winning reporter with The News & Observer and other newspapers, he now writes regularly for national publications such as The Christian Century magazine and Huffington Post. Jesse has degrees in philosophy from Cedarville College, journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and Christian studies from Duke Divinity School. A singer-songwriter, he records and tours with his siblings in The Pinkerton Raid, an indie pop band that’s been called “charming.” He also leads congregational singing at churches and at Fullsteam Brewery, where he recently founded a monthly Beer & Hymns gathering.


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