About Jesse

    A veteran newspaper reporter, Jesse tells stories of regular people living with passion, struggling against injustice or simply practicing their faith. Through songwriting, magazine journalism and essays, Jesse aims to describe the human condition, especially the search for transcendence.

    Publications



    The Atlantic


The rainbow tunnel: A Durham gentrification story

In the urban renewal of the 1960s, the Durham Freeway disrupted Hayti, the city’s once-vibrant black-owned business district and the neighborhoods it served. Today, skyscrapers are rising downtown, changing the faces of downtown Durham. Even if those realities are far from her own experience as a rising second-grader, Molly Sprague’s tears were very, very real.

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The church camps that aim to bridge race relations (The Atlantic magazine)

In a new wave of social-justice work, church communities are looking outside their walls for the reconciliation they haven’t found inside, and they’re bringing this movement to summer camp.

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Forget VBS. These summer camps teach church kids to be community activists (Religion News Service)

“We Have the Power,” as one weeklong camp was dubbed, represents a recent movement within activist networks to invite children and youth into political action, and a renewed movement within religious communities to live out biblical teaching with good works.

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Feeding the fight against racism (Durham News column)

The Greensboro anti-racism group the Racial Equity Institute has been doing so many workshops in the Triangle, it has spawned it own catering company, a cottage industry to feed the fight against racism.

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Transgender seminarian finds peace as a man (Washington Post)

Three years ago when he began his studies, Adam was a North Carolina woman with a desire to plumb the intersection of faith and sexuality. By the time of the graduation ceremony, Plant had found acceptance and peace as a man.

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